Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – A Discussion (Contains Spoilers)

Cover of "Sharp Objects"


Flynn’s debut novel ‘Sharp Objects‘ is a page turner and although slightly sinister is a fascinating read.


Discussion Notes:


* Unlike her other two novels I recently read (Gone Girl, Dark Places) this book is told through the eyes of only one character (Camille).


* The three main women character’s in this novel are all quite disturbing.  There is Adora – the mother who intentionally makes her children sick to gain attention (Munchausen by proxy syndrome), Camille – Adora’s daughter that lost her sister at a young age and went through years of cutting words onto her body and Amma (Adora’s youngest daughter) – a precocious pre adolescent with a mean streak beyond her tender years.


* The plot twists and turns revealing more and more about the character’s until it arrives at a stunning conclusion.  I liked that Flynn led the reader to believe that Adora had committed the murder’s when in fact she actually murdered her own daughter years before.


* The relationship between Camille and her half-sister Amma was very tender at times and although Amma is a cold blooded murderer she had a vulnerable side.   She has been created by her mother (Adora), who was in turn created by her mother.  It was interesting to see that Munchausen by proxy syndrome had been passed down through the generations.


Another riveting thriller by Gillian Flynn, I can’t wait until her next novel!