Since Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl was the best novel I read last year, I thought I would try her two previous books, Sharp Objects and Dark Places.
Talk about dark, DARK mysteries/thrillers. Sharp Objects is about a depressed, mentally ill reporter who is forced to go back to her small Missouri hometown to cover a recent murder. She interacts with her family, one of the world’s most dysfunctional, and uncovers secrets that no one wants to see the light of day. The story is incredibly downbeat, with child murder and other sick stuff. When the story wraps up with some sense of optimism, the author can’t stand it and throws in one final gut-punch twist that makes the reader want to slit their wrists. While a well-written debut novel, it is not for the faint of heart and some passages are tough to read, even for my iron stomach.