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 mother or 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 past if she wants to get the story – and survive this homecoming.
After finishing this last night, I think Gillian Flynn has a thing for psychos, murders, and psychotic murderers. But she writes in a way that’s so intricate, it’s irresistible. Even though this is one of the craziest – not to mention borderline scary – books I’ve ever read, I couldn’t help but like it.