Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, 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 in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
What I liked:
I chose this book to read because I loved Gone Girl when I read it, and got intrigued about other books by the same author.
I really liked everything about this story to be honest. I thought the central character (Camille) was described brilliantly – she was flawed and troubled, but also narrated the story well. I loved that there was also a hint of darkness to her past experiences, but that she wasn’t always able to tell what was right and what was wrong about her past.
I got gripped by the story too and the characters – this is something that also stands out in Flynn’s later work (Gone Girl).
What I didn’t like
As said above, I liked everything. If I was going to be picky I would mention that the actual murders became a bit of a side issue within everything else, and I would also state that I feel that Ammy (the step sister) to be varied hugely in her character, which at times just didn’t add up. However, I think that this is something that Flynn does master in Gone Girl. I also think that none of the above things detracted from the story.
I have another book to read (Dark Places) by the same author next and I can’t wait to get started.