Gillian Flynn delivers a wonderful psychological thriller here. The plot is so detailed and interwoven that at times you don't know if she can bring it around even though she never falters in her story telling. It's just unbelievable that she can pull off a story of this depth with characters living, not living, murdered, missing and more.
Her story telling is sufficiently creepy enough to have me sleep with the lights on. Action scenes had me turning the pages faster and faster. And then, at the end, I just didn't want it to end.
I had narrowed down the killer to about 5 characters in the middle of the book; probably closer to 10 by the end! Everything was unexpected yet nothing was so out of line to be unbelievable.
I felt affection for the main character, Libbie, whose Mom and two sisters were murdered 30 years prior. Her brother has been in prison for the murders ever sense and the story unfolds as she is deciding whether her testimony was not what she had really witnessed.
Great novel, even stands up to Gone Girl also by Gillian Flynn, which was an amazing book too.
I would give this a 4.7 out of 5.0 so I rounded up.
My goodreads review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1460752957
Born Kansas City, MO, The United States
Genre Mystery & Thrillers
Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.
Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.
In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.
Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master's degree from Northwestern University.
"Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre." –Stephen King