REVIEWED BY NATALIE DANFORD
"I am a cutter ... a snipper, a slicer, a carver, a jabber," confesses Camille Preaker, narrator of this darkly original mystery. Certain words ("petticoat," "wicked") are so hypnotic to Camille that for years she carved them into her skin. After a stint in a mental hospital, the young reporter returns to her hometown to cover the murders of two local girls for her Chicago newspaper. Oddly, the bizarre story evokes the grief she felt when her half sister Marian died. Flynn expertly ratchets up the suspense when Camille's investigation and her forced interaction with her icy mother push her into dangerous psychological territory. The TV critic for ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, the author crafts a disturbing yet riveting tale that suggests you can go home again—but perhaps for sanity's sake you shouldn't.