Sharp Objects has only just begun on HBO, but it has already set up an intriguing mystery. The police and people of Wind Gap are just as perplexed by the deaths of two local girls as returning reporter Camille Preaker is, with everyone trying to get to the bottom of it despite the secrecy that consumes the town. It might take all eight episodes for answers to arrive, but if you're curious about how Sharp Objects ends, then there is a shortcut.
Warning: spoilers for the Sharp Objects novel ahead!
The HBO series is based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, who also worked on the TV show. If you want to jump ahead to the unsettling conclusion of the mystery (and you're not spoiler-averse) then all you have to do it flip through the last few pages of the book. Or you can stay right where you are and get a rundown of everything that happened.
There are several interwoven threads that make up the main plot of Sharp Objects. Camille is digging into the deaths of Natalie Keene and Ann Nash, but she's also trying to keep herself together while staying in the house of her mother, Adora Crellin. Camille clearly had a traumatic and abusive childhood and she copes with alcoholism and self-harm that began after the death of her younger sister Marian. Then there's Amma, the wild card: Camille barely knows her youngest sister, who is able to be sweet and scary at the most unpredictable of times.
Let's just say that Amma is not all that she appears to be. She winds up taking her big sister on a wild night out with her friends, and this when the wheels really start to come off the domestic wagon. Viewers of the show will start to learn what kinds of twisted secrets Adora, Amma, and even family friend Jackie O'Neele, played by Elizabeth Perkins, have been keeping from everyone — including Camille. Suffice it to say that no one in this little town is exactly as they seem.
At the end of the book, Camille will learn exactly what killed her sister Marian, who was sickly for her entire life, and the truth of it will likely make you gasp, scream at your TV, and perhaps whisper to yourself, I knew it.
The other big reveal is, of course, who was responsible for the murders of the two girls in town. Camille, despite perhaps not the best investigator in the world, as well as Detective Richard Willis (who's also messing up his job at every opportunity) will find out who has been killing young girls and actually ripping out their teeth. They will also discover why the killer has been ripping out their teeth because that is not an easy thing to do.
The show may deviate from some of the details in the book, or have them unfold in a different way, but the conclusion of Sharp Objects proves there's even more darkness in Wind Gap than anyone could have guessed.