Gone Girl left me with some pretty strong mixed emotions. Dark Places cemented Flynn's talent for complexity and twists. It was time I continued to work backwards through the author's work and finally read her debut novel, Sharp Objects.
In Sharp Objects, we are first introduced to Camille, a reporter working on a piece covering a severe child abuse case. A child in her hometown goes missing and she is sent to cover the details, to make the big break. Camille is already dealing with personal issues, but going home to a neurotic mother, a dead sister, and a two-faced half-sister may just break her completely, especially when the missing child ends up murdered and is closely connected to another child murder case from the previous year.
At this point in time, I will read anything that Flynn writes. She is guaranteed to send me on a ride of my life, tackling topics that many avoid, sometimes directly and many times, indirectly. She creates characters that I cannot decide if I love or love to hate. Flynn has a talent to twist and question and challenge, and I fully appreciate that in an author.
Oh and by the way, Sharp Objects is probably my favorite of Flynn's novels. I would share more of the why, but I don't want to ruin the story for you.
What are your thoughts on Flynn's writing? Do you have a favorite?