I have heard a ton about Gillian Flynn's newest novel that was just recently released through different blogs and magazines, so I decided to check out her previous book through my library. Man on man, am I ever glad I did! I absolutely LOVED THIS BOOK and have to give it an A.
WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her legSince she left town eight years ago, 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 again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankleAs Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
This was such a good, gripping mystery but it was also deeply disturbing. Camille has a lot of problems and comes from a long list of people with deep, severe emotional problems. At times I had difficulties reading the book, but it was in a good way. Everything that was in the book that was disturbing had a place and a reason for it. Ms. Flynn was not just trying to shock her readers... it really had a reason and a meaning behind it. I haven't read a book this powerful in a long time or gotten lost in such a story like this. I highly recommend this mystery, but not for those who tend to enjoy more of the cozy mysteries and not the emotional, disturbing type. I can't wait for her next one!
Up next is an old book off of my shelves. I really need to start reading more of my own books, especially for the Read Your Own Books Challenge. I hope everyone else is having a great week and had a FANTASTIC Mother's Day! Happy Reading!