A few weeks ago I read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn-- the author of Gone Girl. I loved Gone Girl (even though I kind of didn't like the ending) and so I was anxious to read some of the author's other books.
From Publisher's Weekly:
"Flynn gives new meaning to the term 'dysfunctional family' in her chilling debut thriller. Camille Preaker, once institutionalized for youthful self-mutilation, now works for a third-rung Chicago newspaper. When a young girl is murdered and mutilated and another disappears in Camille's hometown of Wind Gap, Mo., her editor, eager for a scoop, sends her there for a human-interest story. Though the police, including Richard Willis, a profiler from Kansas City, Mo., say they suspect a transient, Camille thinks the killer is local. Interviewing old acquaintances and newcomers, she relives her disturbed childhood, gradually uncovering family secrets as gruesome as the scars beneath her clothing. The horror creeps up slowly, with Flynn misdirecting the reader until the shocking, dreadful and memorable double ending. She writes fluidly of smalltown America, though many characters are clichés hiding secrets."
I second this review. This is a story about a dysfunctional family like you have never read before. I don't want to give many specifics because part of the joy of this book was uncovering the shocking details of the crime and the secrets of the people in the town and the main character herself as the story goes on. There are a lot of aspects of this book that are twisted and disturbing...but for some reason I couldn't put it down. It was VERY suspensful and I found myself dying to learn more about her mother and half-sister. While I felt like the ending/who the killer is was sort of predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I could definitely see this book being made into a movie.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who read and liked Gone Girl or who likes mysteries/thrillers. It is definitely a page-turner!