“Sometimes when you let people do things to you, you’re really doing it to them.”
Author: Gillian Flynn
Link: Sharp Objects
Fugu is the Japanese word for putter fish; it can be lethally poisonous due to tetrodoxotin and thus, must be carefully prepared before cooking, to avoid poisoning the meat. Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects is a toxic fugu dish; one must tread carefully through the sinful toxicity of its story.
True to its name, Flynn’s novel is a razor-sharp gripping tale of Camille Preaker’s troubled past and the ominous present that brings her back to her hometown to report on two murders. Back under the shade of her hypochondriac mother and an estranged step-sister with an uncanny control over the town of Wind Gap, Camille, must uncover the truth to the violent crimes as the key to the present lies in her past.
It is a dark tale of a town with a morbid fascination for sex, drinking, guns and secrets, where teenage girls are sinisterly mean, and adults are a mixed bag of grainy disposition. The characters in the novel, with their imperfections, fetishes, sexual and non sexual fixation, draw you deep in their twisted lives.
The morbid charm of the story is such that it is hard to put down once you have picked it up. Flynn’s portrayal of grief, loneliness and jealousy speaks volume in this novel. It is a no-holds-barred writing; the author did not shy away from the grimness of the human characters, and laid them bare open like a wound infected with vices.
I find this book not only entertaining but a salacious read. Camille Preaker is one hell of a character. The intricate network of complexities runs throughout her body; cut deep into words on her skin. Struggling with that old habit of self-harm, she got pushed right into the middle of the same circumstances that started it all.
The effect of what is being written and how it is written, lasts long after you have read it. Even with all the grimness, the unspeakable horrors and the appalling reality that unfolds in the end, this book is a sinful treat.
You will not get over this book so easily, it will infect you, shock you, make you lose sleep, but you will love it for everything it will do to you.