Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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Dark PlacesWhat’s it about?

Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the ‘Libby Day fund’. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.

Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend – a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family’s past to uncover the truth – no matter how painful…

My thoughts

Having read out of publication order, I did wonder if Dark Places would be up there with Gone Girl and I needn’t have worried as this is a great read.

Don’t you just love a case of an ‘innocent’ person in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. The whole way through, in the back of my mind was did he or didn’t he?. I was hoping for an edge of my seat read and I wasn’t disappointed; this book is dark and twisty with plenty of secrets and lies to keep you guessing until the very end.

The plot follows a dual time line between the events on the day of the murders and Libby’s present day investigation. Be prepared as there are quite disturbing scenes that are just plain nasty which some readers may find uncomfortable to read. Gillian Flynn’s speciality is obviously to write really twisted characters; particularly women.

This was a solid 4* read for me, didn’t get the coveted 5 because I had a good idea of the ending and for once, wasn’t far off.

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  1. 2nd January 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Another great sounding book that is on my TBR, as yet unread – good to know you enjoyed it even if you weren’t entirely convinced by the ending.

    • 4th January 2016 / 2:20 pm

      Bump it up the pile Cleo before the movie comes out. The ending is good, I just had an idea of what was happening, whereas in most murder mysteries I don’t have a clue 🙂

    • 4th January 2016 / 2:19 pm

      Me too; not convinced Charlize Theron is right for Libby’s character but will be interesting to see 🙂

  2. 6th January 2016 / 9:31 pm

    Oooh this looks like an interesting read, I’ll just add it to my mile long reading list….

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