From the moment Amy Adams fills the screen as Camille Preaker in HBO’s newest limited series, Sharp Objects, it’s impossible to look away. Viewers are immediately swept up in the life of the troubled reporter as she grudgingly heads home to Wind Gap, Missouri, to investigate the murder of one girl and the disappearance of another. Clearly struggling to keep it together even in “the big city,” the hard-drinking Camille begins unraveling as soon as she arrives in back in her hometown, where memories of her sister’s tragic death years before are always close to the surface. It doesn’t help that her mother, the emotionally distant and manipulative Adora, and Camille’s half sister, a seemingly perfect daughter with a wild side, don’t exactly welcome her back with open arms. Yet Camille is determined to do her job, even if it means turning the whole town upside down. And she just might.
No matter where you are in the TV series, the wait between episodes probably feels interminable, so here are a few books that can help you fill the time.