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“Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom.”
Camille Preaker is journalist for a dying newspaper in Chicago. When she is given an assignment in her small hometown in the Deep South she is reluctant to go. Camille is from the wealthiest family in Wind Gap, Missouri. On the outside her life growing up seemed charmed. Endless money, beauty and brains made her one of the most popular girls in town. However, Camille had to deal with a dead sister, a father she never met nor knows anything about, and a mother who is so mentally unstable and abusive that it is a wonder Camille survived at all. Now that her small town has suffered the tragedy of two young girls being murdered, Camille is forced to return to investigate and report. She uncovers unspeakable horrors of things that have been going on since she left town and is also faced with things from her past that she has long since buried in her mind.
This book is so dark and twisted that no review could ever really prepare you for it. I read Ms. Flynn’s novels in reverse order, so this was my third of hers. All of her work is very dark and heavy, but this has to be one of the most sick and twisted families I have ever encountered. The dynamic between Camille and her mother is disturbing to say the least. Her half-sister, whom she barely even knows, is even more of a master manipulator than her mother. The relationships are revealed slowly, with the same speed of a sweltering hot summer in the Deep South. This only makes you read faster. The reader is compelled to know just how deep and dark and twisted this story will get. The secrets are so deep that it is hard to tell if they will ever end. I felt at one point that I had things figured out, but if you’ve ever read one of her books you know that you never truly know anything until she tells you.
This one definitely had me on the edge of my seat until the very last word. 5 stars and the darkest red wine you can find! Enjoy!