“Sharp Objects,” tells the story of Camille Preaker, a reporter, played by Amy Adams who is sent to her hometown to cover the murder of a young girl, named Ann Nash and the kidnapping of another,

Natalie Keene.

Preaker is hesitant to take the assignment at first because of her rocky relationship with her mother, Adora Crellin, played by Patricia Clarkson.

However, she returns to her fictional hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri and begins her search for the truth about what happened to the girls.

The series starts off slow, introducing familiar locals Preaker has known her whole life and a few new faces.

She meets a handsome detective assigned to the murder case, Richard Willis, who she becomes close with throughout the show.

Preaker also bonds with her half-sister, Amma Crellin, who she soon discovers is not as innocent as she claims to be.

The show goes back and forth between flashbacks of Preaker’s childhood and present-day. 

In the first episode, viewers find out that Preaker’s younger sister died when she was a child. We see how hard it was for Preaker to lose her during a flashback to the funeral. 

It is implied that Preaker’s alcoholism and mental illness stems from this traumatic event. She also self-harms and is seen with hundreds of scars on her body throughout the series.

While the flashbacks are effective in telling Preaker’s story, they can be quite confusing at times. 

For example, we see Preaker in a mental hospital at one point, but we do not know when she was there. 

Toward the end of the first episode, Keene’s body is discovered and Preaker, along with the rest of the town, wonder if the two murders are connected. 

The first few episodes are slow, and leave you wanting more. Once the show gets into gear, though, it goes somewhere completely unexpected.

It was absolute torture having to wait an entire week for the next episode because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

Although the show is dark and may be considered disturbing by some, the cast does a great job at making their characters believable and enjoyable.

The “MVP” of “Sharp Objects” would most definitely have to be Adams, who showcases her natural acting abilities in a moving, raw and vulnerable performance.

Preaker’s imperfections are what make her unique, and Adams does not use them to make her appear pitiful. Her scars are shown literally, multiple times and nothing is off limits in terms of how far the show is willing to go.

I am almost certain Adams will win an Emmy next year for her role as Preaker. 

“Sharp Objects” is the strongest series I’ve seen in a while and it undoubtedly deserves the title of show of the summer.

Overall, I was satisfied with the reveal of the killer in the end and appreciated that I had to wait until the show’s final minutes for it.

I do have to say that if you’re planning on watching the show, make sure you watch until the end credits of the last episode. You may be surprised about what you see.

5 out of 5 stars

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