As promised here is my first ever book review that was written purely voluntarily and not assigned in some form of an English class
I choose to read this book by Gillian Flynn first, instead of her trendier novel Gone Girl, because I knew someone else would buy it and then I could borrow it when they were done. It was less likely someone I know would purchase this one. See, saving money everywhere!
Sharp Objects: A Novel – Gillian Flynn
I want to start by saying I loved this book, but not from page one…or two. This was one of those books that took forever to really get into. If I’m really interested in a book, I finish it in a week tops. This book sat partially read for a month at least.
Flynn’s writing style and voice were unique and I wasn’t sure if I liked it at first. The story was also dark right from the first page but it was dark in a kind of teenage-turned-adult angsty way. Like her 16 year old, too-much-black-eyeliner phase never quite faded. But then that angst was eventually justified and it left me feeling pretty judgmental.
The first half of the book was pretty “been there, read that” but once it started to pick up, damn. I couldn’t put it down. The novel is in the crime, drama category and while mysteries are usually not my first choice, this had a nice secondary story winding through it that made it different from those paperback mysteries you find at yard sales with metallic lettering and an ominous looking shoreline on the front. You know what I’m talking about.
I reached a point where I was honestly intrigued and it’s written so the reader starts to figure out what’s going on before the characters do which is always a nice power trip. But just when you think you got is all figured out, BAM! A twist you never so coming.
Well done Flynn, your twist through me for a loop. You win this round