“I am a cutter, you see. Also a snipper, a slicer, a carver, a jabber. I am a very special case. I have a purpose. My skin, you see, screams. It’s covered with words – cook, cupcake, kitty, curls – as if a knife-wielding first-grader learned to write on my flesh. I sometimes, but only sometimes, laugh. Getting out of the bath and seeing, out of the corner of my eye, down the side of a leg: babydoll. Pull on a sweater and, in a flash of my wrist: harmful. Why these words? Thousands of hours of therapy have yielded a few ideas from the good doctors.”
From the author of Gone Girl, Sharp Objects is Gillian Flynn‘s 2006 debut novel which follows Camille Preaker, a newspaper journalist who must return to her hometown of Missouri to report on a series of brutal murders when two young girls are abducted and killed. Long-haunted by her troubled childhood and fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family’s mansion, reacquainting herself with her neurotic and distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows, a precocious yet beautiful 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too strongly as she is also forced to face the psychological puzzle that is her own past.
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