Camille Preaker has a troubled past. She may have left her hometown as one of the seemingly popular beautiful girls, but Camille has a self destructive streak….and secrets. Camille has been given a writing assignment from the second-rate Chicago daily paper where she works that ends up bringing her reluctantly (to say the least) back to Wind Gap, MO. to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has had little to no contact with her neurotic, hypochondriac mother (Adora) or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with control issues. She is now a guest in her family’s Victorian (it’s creepy too) mansion and begins to relive a childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut (literally) from her memory. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these disturbing crimes, clues keep leading to dead ends and surprising discoveries, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. A reluctant heroine, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before she can move on.
Sharp Objects, was published in 2006 and won two Dagger Awards. Gillian Flynn is a Kansas City, Mo. native whose writing credits include Dark Places and Gone Girl.