Written by the same author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects is an intense thriller about a young woman who is forced to confront her troubled past when she travels to her hometown.

Camille Preaker is a thirty-year-old living in Chicago, working as a reporter for a small newspaper. When two young girls are murdered in her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, her editor convinces her to travel down to cover the story. While there, she must deal with her strained relationship with her mother and teenage half sister while trying to figure out who is the culprit behind the killings. “Sharp objects” is a reference to how Camille used to cut herself as a way to cope with the death of her younger sister, which occurred years before the story picks up.

This is easily one of the most disturbing books I have ever read. There were several times when the story got so intense that I was tempted to stop reading so I could calm myself down, although it goes to show how good of a writer Flynn is. As disturbing as it was, I liked how she made the characters flawed and unexpected. It’s a nice departure from a lot of books I’ve read lately, which portray plain and uninteresting characters. However, I’m left wondering how she gets the ideas to add psychological elements. The themes remind me of Stephen King’s work.

The one quirk I had with this book was the ending. I’m not going to give any of it away, but I felt like the ending was rushed and contained too much information for just a few pages. Overall, though, I would highly recommend this book to people who like psychological mysteries and Stephen King novels.