Books & Reviews 📚

Book #20: Sharp Objects

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BLURB:

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

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…REVIEW!

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I don’t know what to make of this book, but I’ll try to bring my points across nicely.

When I started reading the story, I fell for the lead protagonist. Journalist Camille Preaker immediately reminded me of the unique Lisbeth Salander (Stieg Larsson’s ‘Girl’ trilogy). Preaker comes from a wealthy, but an unstable background and she has problems (lots of them) and she is not perfect and she is a cutter. I like that in a character: imperfectness.

However, going deeper into the story, Camille eventually starts to turn me off… and every other character I met along the way especially her mother and sister. When the writer was trying to steer me off track with who the real killer was, I stayed on track because I’m in this reading game wayyy too long to be led astray. The author wrote every character to look suspicious (I give her props), and if you’re not familiar with thrillers, then you might fall into the author’s trap and believe that everyone is guilty.

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All the characters were either weird, out of it, sex crazy or on their way to being one of the other. And everyone is nasty. Nasty as in perverted-twisted-little-teens-nasty. I kid you not. And all (almost) the females were needy, clingy, whiny petulant beings. I kid you not. In a way, all the characters – especially the females – were somewhat pathetic.

Another thing I did not like was the constant drunkenness. I get why Camille turned to drinking, but she did not have to be drunk all the time.

The little town of Wind Gap was a dreadful turn off (Maybe I am repeating myself here, but yes, I was TURNED OFF). It was like a town out of the Twilight Zone, but creepier. I hated Camille for getting in the car with her 13-year-old sister and her friends. I hated Camille for being an adult with the teens in the car and instead of acting like one, she suddenly remembers that she had no childhood and belittled herself by indulging them and herself in taking drugs. I mean Amma is barely 13 and yes, I know that there are some sick twisted teens out here, but this book was just wrong.

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Then there’s the mother who could only tolerate/love her children when they’re sick so she makes them sick to be able to take care of them. So yeah, dysfunctional at its best, but creepily so. The mother would’ve been wonderful for a Criminal Minds episode.

I admit, this novel is the dream of debut writers and it did not miss, given the plot and sex-crazed drug/alcohol bingeing/munching characters, and the pressure will definitely be on to deliver even greater quality every time (Gone Girl is all the rage now, but I vow not to read another book by this author), but I just don’t know what to think about it. All I can say, it was disgusting and disturbing, and I won’t even recommend it for the faint at heart.

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This book is sick, unhealthy and depressing and there’s nothing to like about it … unless you’re a sadist and want to inflict pain upon your sick heart then feel free to read it. I wish I could take the razor blade on the front cover of this book and slash up every single page of this unpleasant story.

I’ve read better.

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Books & Reviews 📚, Thursday Ten

Thursday Ten: Books that were disappointing

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Base on the book reviews that I am currently doing weekly, you can tell that I am open to many genres. Yet, while some books appeal to me, some simply do not. I try to always come to the last page of a book, but there are simply some books that I can’t quite finish no matter what.

Today, I bring you 10 boring/disappointing books I had the displeasure of reading (some may/may not appear in later reviews). Most of them I did not finish. I do not make apologies to anyone feeling offended because my opinions are not yours.

1. Room by Emma Donaghue

Waterfall the milk… I know this book is from a child’s perspective (a five-year-old at that), but it insulted my intelligence. I was greatly annoyed and had to put this book down. Had the book been told from Ma’s perspective, then it would’ve been a heart-wrenching tale. I mean, Ma’s been kidnapped, raped, held captive, whatever, but there is no sense of that hence no emotion. I almost threw this book at the wall. Almost. It didn’t belong to me and I was happy to return it.

2. Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich

Wickedly boring.

3. Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

*Rolls eyes* Wickedly boring! Had I known I was going to be duped, I would’ve run away screaming when this book was recommended to me.

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4. White Oleander by Janet Fitch

An immature novel masquerading as literature. Adults should stop writing about children in disgusting ways because it’s squirmy and uncomfortable to read most of the time. I don’t want to read about 14-year-olds having sex or thinking about climaxing on some car hood.

I would have liked to light this book on fire, but alas! It did not belong to me.

5. Missing Mom by Joyce Carol Oates

I couldn’t get into this one. I tried twice, but it was a no go. It was a pain to read, sentences were left incomplete, too repetitive, and it irritated me to no end. I didn’t even care about the narrator or the dead mom.

6. Paris Match by Stuart Woods

The cover is beautiful and that’s where I stop.

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7. Is America She Gone? by Beverley-Ann Scott

It could’ve been much better. I’ll explain this book in a solo post.

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8. Gray Mountain by John Grisham

*YAWNS* I usually love Grisham’s legal thrillers, but I couldn’t get into this one. The heroine was a complete bore and… *YAWNS* I had to put this drivel down otherwise I would’ve thrown myself in front of a coal truck.

9. Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes

Meh!

10. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I don’t care how hyped or in she is, this author is on my “do not read” list. Do you see the razor blade on the cover? It would be nice to use it to slash up this book to tiny pieces. It is depressing. It makes you want to abandon smiling and scorn love. Here is another adult writing disturbing scenes involving children. I hated this book. It was extremely boring and disgusting.

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