Holy crap. Completely dysfunctional, but complete intriguing.
Camille is a reporter for a small Chicago newspaper and gets wind of a child murder in hHoly crap. Completely dysfunctional, but complete intriguing.
Camille is a reporter for a small Chicago newspaper and gets wind of a child murder in her hometown of Wind Gap, a small midwestern farm town. In an effort to break this story before any of the Big Three Chicago papers, Camille’s boss sends her on assignment back to the place she spent so long trying to get away from: her mother’s house and the memory of her dead sister, Marian. As Camille begins asking questions about the missing girl, she finds her self in the middle of a sick and twisted plot that seems to center around her own past. Now, she must dig around her own memories to find the answers to some disturbing questions.
I must admit to you, the characters in this book are disturbing on so many levels. If you have read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo then you know what I am talking about when I say this book is about a really twisted family. And I will say this: the family members in Camille’s family are more psychologically disturbed than those members of the Vanger family. This is probably why I loved this book so much! Probably due to my background in Family Studies, I am drawn to stories about families with such messed up dynamics in familial relationships. And this story is full of them! You have the grown woman protagonist who is still frightened of her mother. You have a step-father who believes that Camille is the worst human being on the planet for always hurting his wife. You have Camille’s mother, who seems normal on first meet but who gets more and more disturbing with every page turn. And then you have Amma, Camille’s step-sister that she meets for the first time and who is trying to escape from the shadow cast by Marian, the dead daughter. Put all of these characters in the same room, and nothing but pure psychological chaos insues!
In terms of a protagonist, Camille is an extremely interesting, though extremely unreliable, narrator. While she does tell us what is going on with the case and her family, you also get the sense that you just cannot trust everything she says and thinks, mostly because she doesn’t even trust herself. In the middle of present day action you get recollection of the past intermixed that many times you don’t even know you went back in time until you are already in her memory. But in terms of development, Flynn puts a lot of energy into creating this very dynamic and psychologically intriguing character. Despite all of the twisty-ness that is this novel, the characters and plot are still extremely addicting. You just can’t get enough, even though it may in fact disturb you to your core!
This novel is a psychological thriller; it is a mysterious crime novel; and it is a disturbing portrayal of the extreme craziness that can be called family. If any of this intrigues you in the slightest, then I encourage you to pick it up! It is definitely well-worth it!...more