Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Sharp Objects' is a psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn about a troubled journalist who returns to her childhood home to report on the murders of two young girls. This asset provides discussion questions about this novel.

Sharp Objects

Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects explores family dysfunction, mental illness, and self-destructive behavior as Camille Preaker returns to her small community of origin to investigate murders for a Chicago newspaper. Camille uses self-harm and bad decisions to cope with her toxic mother and painful memories. The following questions may be used in high school classrooms where this novel is studied.

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  • Describe Camille's relationship with Frank and Eileen Curry. Why do you think they play such an important role in her life? Who are the people in your support system? What are some ways these people support you?
  • Why do you think Chief Vickery is reluctant to speak with Camille? What do all of the murder victims have in common? Why do you think Detective Richard Willis is more willing to work with Camille? What are some ways Camille and Richard can help each other?
  • What adjectives would you use to describe Adora Crellin? How is Camille different from the other members of her family? What do Camille's scars reveal about her? Why do you think some people engage in self-harm? What type of intervention do you think she needs?
  • Compare Amma when she is at home to the way she behaves when she is not at home. Why do you think she acts so differently in different locations? What are some ways you behave differently in different situations?

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