Title Profile & Character Information

Sharp Objects

Annotation
WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, 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 again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing,Sharp Objectsis addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.


From the Hardcover edition.

Characters
NamePreaker, Camille
GenderFemale
OccupationJournalist

GenreFiction
Domestic
Psychological
Suspense
TopicsSelf-mutilation
Young women
Mental illness
Psychiatric patients
Journalists
Murder
Crimes against children
Small town life
Strangulation
Loss
Grief
Ghosts
Childhood memories
Mothers and daughters
Female friendship
Neuroses
Dysfunctional families
Sisters
Family tragedy
Search for truth
SettingMissouri