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I liked Gone Girl quite a bit, but I liked Gillian Flynn's earlier novel, Dark Places , much more. It was darker and pulled me in with its dirty secrets the way Gone Girl never did. I was hoping Flynn's debut novel, Sharp Objects , that came out in Finnish translation just a year ago (and which I hadn't read earlier), would pull me in just as deeply as Dark Places . It just quite didn't catch the same depths as the other novel, but it was still very good indeed. (Even though many say Sharp Objects is the nastiest of the bunch.) The main character is a female journalist, Camilla, who's assigned to cover a possible serial killer case in her hometown. Flynn describes the abysmal feelings that Camilla has go through to get the story done, she lives with her well-to-do mother, her icky husband and their awful teenage daughter, meets all her school mates, eats at the greasy joints, goes to lousy bars. (And she drinks quite a lot - I was thinking all the time: where are my Bloody Mary ingredients?) And Camilla is no pleasant human being to begin with. Flynn is very adept at describing unpleasant characters that the reader cares about. The secrets of a small Missouri town are dark and murky indeed, and Flynn guides the reader's suspicions artfully. The final twist pulls no punches. Highly recommended - this is also shorter than Gone Girl , which I thought was a tad too long. There's also the fact that Flynn has no series characters. I couldn't take it if the Camilla of Sharp Objects would be the lead character in Dark Places ! Here's hoping the publisher won't require Flynn to create series characters.
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