Published: Sep 26, 2006
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.
This book was incredibly dark and somewhat messed up in parts but that is what was so great about it.
The mystery and darkness is so captivating i was hooked throughout.
Camille's character is so messed up and reading about her and her incredibly messed up family was just so intriguing.
Gillian isn't afraid to go to dark places to keep us reading and i really love that about her writing style, i haven't read many books that were as captivating in such a messy way.
I definitely would not recommend this book for anyone under the age of 18, its very up front and there is quite a bit of adult content.
I have to say i did not pick the ending. Up until the very end i was kept guessing at who done it and was quite surprised.
This is a great read for those who like a dark and twisted story. I enjoyed it and will be picking up more of Gillian's work.