– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was the book that put her on the map. With its cynical tale of paranoia — as well as two lovingly psychotic leads — it captivated audiences and cemented her as a writer of strong psychological thrillers. You’d almost be forgiven for not realizing that she’d written another novel in that same vein several years earlier.

The book in question is Sharp Objects, and there’s been a film adaptation in the works from the gurus over at HBO for some time. The movie is set to hit the premium cable service this coming July, and as such, they have just released the first teaser trailer for it, which you can check out above.

Below is the synopsis for the novel:

“Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, 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 in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.”

On the whole, I think this teaser is effective at setting a tone, but little more. Based on it, we can tell this is a story of paranoia and dark intrigue, but we don’t have any idea what the plot is, nor what the overall hook is. I’m sure that when the actual trailer hits, they’ll remedy the absence of any real plot.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.