I'm one of the (many millions of) people who discovered Gillian Flynn
through her novel Gone Girl, which I loved. I'd heard positive things
about her previous two novels, and Sharp Objects did not disappoint.
Once again, we have a narrator who, if not unreliable, definitely has a
viewpoint and an agenda. And some issues. This is a disturbing look at a
small town, several murders, and a bunch of creepy, unfriendly people -
several of whom are the narrator's own family members. I liked most
everything about this novel: the narration, the storyline, the
disturbingly graphic murders, the characters, the sex. Actually, some of
the sex was disturbing in itself, as was a lot of the drug use.
Probably the element of both some of the sexual situations and drug use
that was most disquieting was the age (13) of the characters involved.
It's an unsettling novel, in the best possible way. The identity of the
killer was obvious to me early on (this character is presented in such
an unflattering and unlikable way), even though the author tries to lead
the reader down another path that doesn't quite ring true. I've never
quite understood the whole "cutting" phenomenon, although I've known at
least one teenage girl who suffered from it. Flynn takes it to a whole
other level here. Plenty of scenes in this novel might offend or bother
some readers; I loved all of it.