I really wanted to like this book. I’d read Gone Girl by this author and really enjoyed it. A friend recommended that I read Sharp Objects because it was just as good. It wasn’t. The mystery in the book was never fully developed and neither were the main characters. There was a complexity in the characters that was never sorted out in as much detail as I thought was needed. I kept waiting to see how certain things the author described in a flash-back was related to what happening in the present, it never happened.
Flynn spends too much time giving reader detailed information on things that don’t matter. There are pages dedicated to how animals are slaughtered, how alcoholic the town is and the main characters sex life. None of which have to do with the mystery in the book. It’s like Flynn decided to add these things to the book to be dark and interesting, it just made the story a slow read. I found myself finishing the book just to see who did it. The end was unexpected and shocking, but very rushed. Flynn’s Dark Places is on my to-read list, but after finishing Sharp Objects, it’s a little lower on that list.