Sharp Objects

by

Gillian Flynn

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Amma Crellin is Camille’s thirteen-year-old half-sister. A mess of contradictions, Amma is the picture-perfect daughter when at home, dressing in little girls’ dresses and bows for Adora’s delight and spending hours meticulously working on a dollhouse designed to look just like her mother’s house. Amma, however, has a secret double life, the other half of which is filled with drugs, sex, and cruel machinations aimed at maintaining a complicated web of control over her school and friends. Amma purposefully subjects herself to her mother’s treatments and ministrations because she longs for the closeness being “sick” brings her and Adora—at the same time, she seeks to escape Adora’s clutches and exercise the dark mechanisms of control and intimidation she learns from her mother over the other girls in the neighborhood. During a drug-fueled romp through town, Amma confesses that she “hurts” to feel better—Camille thinks that her sister is referring to hurting herself, but in time an even darker truth comes to light. After Adora is arrested for the murders of Marian, Ann, and Natalie, Camille takes Amma to live with her in Chicago, believing her fragile and strange little sister to be in need of support. When Amma’s first friend in Chicago turns up dead, with six teeth missing, Camille realizes the horrible truth—Amma was responsible for Ann and Natalie’s deaths, having killed them for getting too close to Adora and then using teeth plucked from their mouths to make the ivory floor of Adora’s room in her dollhouse replica of the Crellin manse. Amma’s complicated desires for love, control, and submission—along with her fear of being shunned by others for what she has done—makes her not just one of the most complex characters in the novel, but in the mystery and thriller genres more largely.

Amma Crellin Quotes in Sharp Objects

The Sharp Objects quotes below are all either spoken by Amma Crellin or refer to Amma Crellin. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 4 Quotes

Alan, Adora, and Amma were all gathered in the living room when I returned. The scene was startling, it was so much like the old days with Marian. Amma and my mother sat on the couch, my mother cradling Amma—in a woolen nightgown despite the heat—as she held an ice cube to her lips. My half sister stared up at me with blank contentment, then went back to playing with a glowing mahogany dinner table, exactly like the one in the next room, except that it was about four inches high.

“Nothing to worry about,” Alan said, looking up from a newspaper. “Amma’s just got the summer chills.”

I felt a shot of alarm, then annoyance: I was sinking back into old routines, about to run to the kitchen to heat some tea, just like I always did for Marian when she was sick. I was about to linger near my mother, waiting for her to put an arm around me, too. My mother and Amma said nothing. My mother didn’t even look up at me, just nuzzled Amma in closer to her, and cooed into her ear.

[…]

When I was a child, I remember my mother trying to prod me with ointments and oils, homemade remedies and homeopathic nonsense. I sometimes took the foul solutions, more often refused. Then Marian got sick, really sick, and Adora had more important things to do than coaxing me into swallowing wheat-germ extract. Now I had a pang: all those syrups and tablets she proffered, and I rejected. That was the last time I had her full attention as a mother. I suddenly wished I’d been easier.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Alan Crellin (speaker), Adora Crellin, Amma Crellin, Marian Crellin
Page Number: 58-59
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Chapter 5 Quotes

“I’m sorry you had to see me that way, Camille,” Amma said. “Especially since we don’t really know each other. I’m just going through a stage,” She flashed an overdone smile. “But now we’re reunited. You’re like poor Cinderella, and I’m the evil stepsister. Half sister.”

“There’s not a speck of evil in you, sweetheart,” Alan said.

“But Camille was the first. First is usually best. Now that she’s back, will you love Camille more than me?” asked Amma. She started the question teasingly, but her cheeks were flushed as she waited for my mother to respond.

“No,” Adora said quietly. […]

“Because you love me,” Amina said, between mouthfuls of ham. The sick smell of meat and sweetness wafted over. “I wish I’d be murdered.”

“Amma, don’t say such a thing,” my mother said, blanching. […]

“Then I’d never have to worry again. When you die, you become perfect. I’d be like Princess Diana. Everyone loves her now.”

“You are the most popular girl in your whole school, and at home you are adored, Amma. Don’t be greedy.”

Amma kicked me again under the table and smiled emphatically, as if some important matter had been settled.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Adora Crellin (speaker), Amma Crellin (speaker), Alan Crellin (speaker)
Page Number: 67
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Chapter 7 Quotes

Most sows are repeatedly inseminated, brood after brood, till their bodies give way and they go to slaughter. But while they’re still useful, they’re made to nurse—strapped to their sides in a farrowing crate, legs apart, nipples exposed. Pigs are extremely smart, sociable creatures, and this forced assembly-line intimacy makes the nursing sows want to die. Which, as soon as they dry up, they do.

Even the idea of this practice I find repulsive. But the sight of it actually does something to you, makes you less human. Like watching a rape and saying nothing. I saw Amma at the far end of the barn, standing at the edge of one metal farrowing crate. A few men were pulling one pack of squealing piglets out of the stall, throwing another pack in. I moved to the far side of the barn so I could stand behind Amma without her seeing me. The pig lay nearly comatose on its side, its belly exposed between metal bars, red, bloody nipples pointing out like fingers. […]

The piglets in the stall were swarming over the sow like ants on a glob of jelly. The nipples were fought over, bouncing in and out of mouths, jiggling tautly like rubber. The sow’s eyes rolled up into her head. Amina sat down cross-legged and gazed, fascinated. After five minutes she was in the same position, now smiling and squirming. I had to leave. I walked, first slowly, then broke into a scramble to my car. Door shut, radio blasting, warm bourbon stinging my throat, I drove away from the stink and sound. And that child.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Amma Crellin
Page Number: 99-100
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Chapter 9 Quotes

“Camille, open the door.”

“What’s wrong with Camille?” Amma chimed.

“This won’t work.” The side zipper was sticking. My bared arms flashed scars in deep pink and purple. Even without looking directly in the mirror I could see them reflected at me—a big blur of scorched skin.

“Camille,” my mother spat.

“Why won’t she just show us?”

“Camille.”

“Momma, you saw the dresses, you know why they won’t work,” I urged.

“Just let me see.”

“I’ll try one on, Momma,” Amma wheedled.

“Camille . . .”

“Fine.” I banged open the door. My mother, her face level with my neckline, winced.

“Oh, dear God.” I could feel her breath on me. She held up a bandaged hand, as if about to touch my chest, then let it drop. Behind her Amma whined like a puppy. “Look what you’ve done to yourself,” Adora said. “Look at it.”

“I do.”

“I hope you just loved it. I hope you can stand yourself.”

She shut the door and I ripped at the dress, the zipper still jammed until my furious tugs yanked the teeth apart enough to get it to my hips, where I wriggled out, the zipper leaving a trail of pink scratches on my skin. I bunched the cotton of the dress over my mouth and screamed.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Adora Crellin (speaker), Amma Crellin (speaker)
Related Symbols: Camille’s Scars
Page Number: 120-121
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Chapter 12 Quotes

“She likes to take care of me.”

“Great.”

“It’s weird, Amma said. “After she takes care of me, l like to have sex.” She flipped up her skirt from behind, flashed me a hot pink thong.

“I don’t think you should let boys do things to you, Amma. Because that’s what it is. It’s not reciprocal at your age.”

“Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you’re really doing it to them,” Amma said, pulling another Blow Pop from her pocket. Cherry. “Know what I mean? If someone wants to do fucked-up things to you, and you let them, you’re making them more fucked up. Then you have the control. As long as you don’t go crazy.”

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Amma Crellin (speaker), Adora Crellin
Page Number: 182
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“How do you lash out?” We were near my mother’s house now, and my high was in full bloom. My hair swished on my shoulders like warm water and I swayed side to side to no particular music. A snail shell lay on the edge of the sidewalk and my eyes looped into its curlicue.

“You know. You know how sometimes you need to hurt.” She said it as if she were selling a new hair product.

“There are better ways to deal with boredom and claustrophobia than to hurt,” I said. “You’re a smart girl, you know that.” I realized her fingers were inside the cuffs of my shirt, touching the ridges of my scars. I didn’t stop her. “Do you cut, Amma?”

“I hurt,” she squealed, and twirled out onto the street, spinning flamboyantly, her head back, her arms outstretched like a swan. “I love it!” she screamed. The echo ran down the street, where my mother’s house stood watch on the corner.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Amma Crellin (speaker)
Related Symbols: Camille’s Scars
Page Number: 184
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Chapter 13 Quotes

“She gave me something that made me feel really groggy and sick,” I said.

“Blue?”

I nodded.

“Yeah, she likes that one,” Amma mumbled. “You fall asleep all hot and drooly, and then she can bring her friends in to look at you.”

“She’s done this before?” My body went cold under the sweat. I was right: Something horrible was about to happen.

She shrugged. “I don’t mind. Sometimes I don’t take it—just pretend. Then we’re both happy. I play with my dolls or I read, and when I hear her coming I pretend to be asleep.”

“Amma?” I sat down on the floor next to her and stroked her hair. I needed to be gentle. “Does she give you pills and stuff a lot?”

“Only when I’m about to be sick.”

“What happens then?”

“Sometimes I get all hot and crazy and she has to give me cold baths. Sometimes I need to throw up. Sometimes I get all shivery and weak and tired and I just want to sleep.”

It was happening again. Just like Marian. I could feel the bile in the back of my throat, the tightening. I began weeping again, stood up, sat back down. My stomach was churning. I put my head in my hands. Amma and I were sick just like Marian. It had to be made that obvious to me before I finally understood—nearly twenty years too late. I wanted to scream in shame.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Amma Crellin (speaker), Adora Crellin, Marian Crellin
Page Number: 194
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Chapter 15 Quotes

“Camille, if you could be any fairy-tale person in the world, who would you be?” Amma asked.

“Sleeping Beauty.” To spend a life in dreams, that sounded too lovely.

“I’d be Persephone.”

“I don’t know who that is,” I said. […]

“She’s the Queen of the Dead,” Amma beamed. “She was so beautiful, Hades stole her and took her to the underworld to be his wife. But her mother was so fierce, she forced Hades to give Persephone back. But only for six months each year. So she spends half her life with the dead, and half with the living.”

“Amma, why would such a creature appeal to you?” Alan said. “You can be so ghastly.”

“I feel sorry for Persephone because even when she’s back with the living, people are afraid of her because of where’s she’s been,” Amma said. “And even when she’s with her mother, she’s not really happy, because she knows she’ll have to go back underground. ” She grinned at Adora and jabbed a big bite of ham into her mouth, then crowed.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Amma Crellin (speaker), Alan Crellin (speaker), Adora Crellin
Page Number: 235-236
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Chapter 17 Quotes

One night I woke to find Amma standing over my bed.

“You like Lily better than me,” she whispered. She was feverish, her nightgown clinging to her sweaty body, her teeth chattering. I guided her into the bathroom, sat her down on the toilet, wet a washcloth under the cool, metallic water of the sink, wiped her brow. […]

I poured two aspirin into my palm, put them back in the bottle, poured them back onto my palm. One or two pills. So easy to give. Would I want to give another, and another? Would I like taking care of a sick little girl? A rustle of recognition when she looked up at me, shaky and sick: Mother's here.

I gave Amma two aspirin. The smell made my mouth water. I poured the rest down the drain.

“Now you have to put me in the bathtub and wash me,” she whined.

I pulled her nightgown over her head. Her nakedness was stunning: sticky little girl’s legs, a jagged round scar on her hip like half a bottle cap, the slightest down in a wilted thatch between her legs. Full, voluptuous breasts. Thirteen.

She got into the bathtub and pulled her legs to her chin.

“You need to rub alcohol on me,” she whimpered.

“No Amma, just relax.”

Amma face turned pink and she began crying.

“That’s how she does it,” she whispered. The tears turned into sobs, then a mournful howl.

“We’re not going to do it like she does it anymore,” I said.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Amma Crellin (speaker), Adora Crellin, Lily Burke
Page Number: 245-246
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Epilogue Quotes

“I was friends with them for a while,” she said finally, talking into her chest. “We had fun, running around in the woods. We were wild. We’d hurt things together. We killed a cat once. But then she”—as always Adora’s name went unsaid—“got all interested in them. I could never have anything to myself. They weren't my secrets anymore. They were always coming by the house. They started asking me questions about being sick. They were going to ruin everything. She didn't even realize it.” Amma rubbed her shorn hair harshly. “And why did Ann have to bite . . . her? I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Why Ann could bite her, and I couldn’t.”

She refused to say more, answered only in sighs and coughs. As for the teeth, she took the teeth only because she needed them. The dollhouse had to be perfect, just like everything else Amma loved.

I think there is more. Ann and Natalie died because Adora paid attention to them. Amma could only view it as a raw deal. Amma, who had allowed my mother to sicken her for so long.

Sometimes when you let people do things to you, you ’re really doing it to them. Amma controlled Adora by letting Adora sicken her. In return, she demanded uncontested love and loyalty. No other little girls allowed. For the same reasons she murdered Lily Burke. Because, Amina suspected, I liked her better.

You can come up with four thousand other guesses, of course, about why Amina did it. In the end, the fact remains: Amma enjoyed hurting. I like violence, she’d shrieked at me. I blame my mother. A child weaned on poison considers harm a comfort.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Amma Crellin (speaker), Adora Crellin, Ann Nash, Natalie Keene, Lily Burke
Related Symbols: Teeth
Page Number: 250-251
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Sometimes I think about that night caring for Amma, and how good I was at soothing her and calming her. I have dreams of washing Amma and drying her brow. I wake with my stomach turning and a sweaty upper lip. Was I good at caring for Amma because of kindness? Or did I like caring for Amma because I have Adora’s sickness? I waver between the two, especially at night, when my skin begins to pulse. Lately, I’ve been leaning toward kindness.

Related Characters: Camille Preaker (speaker), Adora Crellin, Amma Crellin
Page Number: 251-252
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Amma Crellin Character Timeline in Sharp Objects

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Chapter 2
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...“that kind of talk” into the house while she’s home. Camille asks how her half-sister Amma is, and Adora replies that the girl is upstairs sleeping. Camille, however, can hear footsteps... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...Wind Gap for days already and has still seen no sign of her younger sister Amma. Not to mention she’s still failed to get a quote from the Keenes—or permission to... (full context)
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...around town, and is shocked to realize that she’s been running into her little sister Amma all along. (full context)
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Amma greets Camille happily, and when she senses Camille staring at her frilly sundress and matching... (full context)
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Amma turns back to her dollhouse, lamenting that some of the furniture needs reupholstering. She’s waiting,... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...that reminds her of “the old days with Marian.” Adora is on the couch, cradling Amma—who is dressed in a woolen nightgown in spite of the summer heat—and pressing an ice... (full context)
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Amma begins whining about her dollhouse—one of the patterns on the table legs is wrong. Adora... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...only wants coffee, but Adora insists she eat. Alan and Adora apologize to Camille for Amma’s outburst the night before. Camille replies that the tantrum was “scary” to behold, and Adora... (full context)
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Amma comes downstairs and apologizes rather overzealously to Camille for her tantrum. She explains that she’s... (full context)
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Amma swishes around in her dress and explains that she has fashioned for herself a maiden... (full context)
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...Street, a makeshift “shrine” to Natalie has cropped up—as Camille passes it, she can see Amma and her three blonde friends “sifting” through the balloons, flowers, and gifts at the foot... (full context)
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Amma asks Camille why she’s writing a story about “two dead girls who no one noticed... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Camille, remembering what Amma and her friends told her the other day, asks the women if John Keene really... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...the bar, Camille spots a little girl on a golf cart decorated with stickers—it is Amma. Amma is not headed home, though; she is traveling east. Camille decides to follow Amma... (full context)
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Camille watches Amma park her golf cart and beeline past the slaughterhouse towards a big metal barn where... (full context)
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Camille observes as Amma watches a “nearly comatose” female pig nursing her piglets. They swarm over the sow and... (full context)
Chapter 8
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The whole time she’s been in Wind Gap, Camille has had little interest in Amma—but after what she saw at the farm, Camille finds herself fascinated by the girl. Camille... (full context)
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Camille spots a truck rumbling up. Four girls climb out of it—Amma and her three blonde friends. Amma is sucking flirtatiously on a red lollipop, and as... (full context)
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As Amma begins teasing Richard and Camille about whether or not they’re dating—and whether Richard has heard... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Camille, Amma, and Adora head into town to go dress shopping. When they walk into a store,... (full context)
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...Camille gets nervous—the dresses are all strapless or otherwise revealing. When the salesgirl asks if Amma is trying anything on, Adora insists that she isn’t ready for “these types of clothes,”... (full context)
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...none of the dresses will work. As Adora demands to see some of the options, Amma whines, asking why Camille won’t show them any of the dresses. Unable to take it... (full context)
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...is the reason he moved into Meredith’s family’s carriage house, much to the dismay of Amma and her friends—one of whom is John’s little sister, Kelsey—who previously used the house as... (full context)
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...with the local girls but found them “snotty,” Meredith chides him for being rude, as Amma is Camille’s younger sister, but John volunteers that Amma and Natalie were actually friends for... (full context)
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...and Camille return to the kitchen, the conversation has turned to Ann and Natalie—and how Amma and her friends always picked on both girls. When Camille defensively states that all girls... (full context)
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...the floor of Marian’s bedroom, Natalie stabbing her classmate in the eyes, and lastly of Amma—a “woman-child” with dark desires. Camille weeps, unable to fall asleep. (full context)
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...to focus on thinking about her article. She hears a knock at the door, and Amma whispers her name. Camille lets Amma in, and Amma asks if Camille has been crying... (full context)
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Amma tells Camille that she can be “nice” sometimes. “When everyone’s asleep and everything’s quiet,” she... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Out on the porch, Adora is tending to Amma, who is wrapped in a pink silk comforter and has a damp cloth pressed to... (full context)
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Camille heads over to Meredith’s house, but Meredith isn’t there at all. Instead, she finds Amma and her friends lounging by the pool. Camille hides herself and watches Amma rub sunscreen... (full context)
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...when he replies that he’s not doing very well, she suggests he see a counselor. Amma, having overheard, agrees that he should—before any more little girls show up without their teeth.... (full context)
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...from her are used in Camille’s next article, and it becomes clear that Meredith—just like Amma—simply wants attention. When Camille threatens to leave Meredith’s quotes out of the article, Meredith decides... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...the hallway to Marian’s old room and wonders what it must have been like for Amma to grow up down the hall from the room of a dead sister she’d never... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...go home. She sits in her car watching the rain fall until a car pulls up—Amma and her friend Kylie are inside, and they beg Camille to get in and come... (full context)
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Amidst the whispers and jeers from their other classmates, Amma greets John with a syrupy-sweet “Hiiiii, murderer,” causing Camille to feel a rush of sympathy... (full context)
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...to leave, realizing she needs to get away from the party before the ecstasy hits. Amma excitedly leaves with Camille, promising her that they’ll find a pool to swim in—when her... (full context)
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Amma and Camille walk home hand-in-hand, enjoying the night air as their highs descend upon them.... (full context)
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Camille tries to say more, but Amma changes the subject. She dreamily states how much she likes Adora’s room, and admires her... (full context)
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As if reading Camille’s mind, Amma admits that sometimes she’s “a little… off,” lashing out and “hurt[ing]” when things aren’t right.... (full context)
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Camille keeps trying to talk to Amma about her confession, but Amma, claiming that Camille is her “soul mate,” only wants to... (full context)
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Camille tells Amma that she doesn’t want to sleep in Amma’s room, and Amma asks instead if she... (full context)
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Amma helps Camille up and gives her a ring that Adora gave to her once—now that... (full context)
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...girls quietly make their way to the house and up the stairs, and Camille invites Amma into her room. Camille peels her shoes and socks off and begins to undress—but feeling... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...roils and her ankle throbs and bleeds. She feels worried that Adora will have seen Amma and realized what the girls got up to the night before. Camille tries to tell... (full context)
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...in, she slips a key into the lock and opens it. She tells Camille that Amma has told her everything—about the girls getting food poisoning from bad chicken. Camille backs the... (full context)
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Camille wakes up at dusk feeling dizzy and hot. She heads down the hallway to Amma’s room and opens the door—Amma is on the floor, naked in front of her huge... (full context)
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...worse for you.” Jackie points out what happened to Marian—and what’s happening, right now, to Amma. Relieved to have someone confirm the truth, Camille asks Jackie what she thinks is wrong... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...a child—or whether Marian was truly sick throughout her own childhood. She wonders, too, about Amma’s “sicknesses”—she is uncertain of whether Amma is really sick and in need of Adora’s medicine,... (full context)
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...Camille’s own high school years—and the way they bullied their less-popular classmates. Katie remarks that Amma is even worse than the two of them were in high school—she and her three... (full context)
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...mother trying to “tend” to Ann and Natalie the way she tended to Marian and Amma—and though Camille tells herself that she’s “crazy” to think what she’s thinking, she also knows... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...back at the house, three little pink bikes are lined up on the porch. Upstairs, Amma has her friends in her room, and they are all shrieking with delight as they... (full context)
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...happens, and Camille gets out of the bath and goes back into her bedroom, where Amma is waiting for her on the bed. Amma says she can’t believe Camille “fucked a... (full context)
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...with herself for taking so long to discover the truth—and for failing both Marian and Amma. (full context)
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...little girl in Adora’s house, and Camille confirms there is. Beverly urges her to get Amma out as soon as possible. (full context)
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...“regular evening,” but Camille reveals that Adora has been drugging and poisoning both her and Amma. Richard asks why Camille didn’t say anything before—he could have had her tested, and the... (full context)
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Amma wonders dreamily whether John will be executed and sent to the electric chair. Adora replies... (full context)
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Amma continues talking fancifully about death, and even brings up Marian. When Amma asks Adora about... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...can await trial “in the comfort of her home,” and Camille, meanwhile, takes custody of Amma. Two days after Adora’s arrest, Camille and Amma drive back to Chicago together. (full context)
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Back in Chicago, Amma exhausts Camille—she is needy and anxious, constantly pacing around the apartment. Camille believes that Amma... (full context)
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By August, Amma has become “obsessed” with female killers, reading everything she can about violent women she considers... (full context)
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Alan sends money for Amma to attend private school, and Amma quickly makes a small group of friends who idolize... (full context)
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One night, Camille wakes up in the middle of the night to find Amma standing over her bed. Amma accuses Camille of liking Lily better than her. Camille notices... (full context)
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...begins tearing through the apartment, looking under seat cushions and in drawers for evidence of Amma’s guilt. Amma trails her “like an angry dog” the whole time. When Camille gets to... (full context)
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In the aftermath of Camille’s discovery, the investigation in Wind Gap reopens. Amma’s friends Kelsey, Kylie, and Jodes admit to helping Amma with the murders of Ann and... (full context)
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To get Natalie, Amma draped herself in a white sheet styled to look like a Grecian dress and powdered... (full context)
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Amma acted alone in killing Lily, Camille notes. Amma stunned Lily with a rock, strangled her,... (full context)
Epilogue
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Camille receives a letter from John Keene. In it, he writes that he suspected Amma all along, and moved into Meredith’s place to “keep watch.” Camille doesn’t hear anything from... (full context)
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Amma is locked up in a juvenile facility, and will probably be incarcerated well past her... (full context)
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...speculates that Ann and Natalie died because Adora paid attention to them. Camille believes that Amma, who allowed Adora to sicken her for so long in an attempt to control Adora... (full context)
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Camille reveals that she relapsed on the day of Amma’s arrest. Though Curry and Eileen came over to provide support and comfort, Camille snuck a... (full context)
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...and Camille is starting to get better. She still often thinks, however, of the night Amma fell sick with fever. She wonders if she was good at caring for Amma because... (full context)