Monday, April 21, 2014

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

{Review} Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Title: Dark Places
Author: Gillian Flynn
Published: May 5th, 2009 by Crown
Pages: 345

"I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ."

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

This was the first book of Flynn’s that I read and it did not disappoint. I normally read young adult, so this book was very different for me.  Dark Places was a very dark read, with a fast paced plot and psychologically disturbed characters.  I was very intrigued by the mystery in this book, it really kept me wanting more.  This book jumps from present day to the past and is told by different characters perspectives (when in past tense).  I normally hate books that do a lot of time jumping, but this book really needed it and it was one of my favorite aspects.  The characters in this book were very well developed; all were psychologically damaged, but still had vulnerability that made you care for them.  I was rooting for Libby to find out what happened the night her family was murdered and for her brother, Ben, to (hopefully) not be the killer.  I don't want to give a deep analysis of this book for fear of revealing spoilers, but I highly suggest picking this book up.  This book is currently being made into a movie, which makes me very happy.  I would recommend this book to more mature readers because of the violence and sexual content.



If you like movie adaptations, make sure to check out Flynn's other novel, Gone Girl, which is also being make into a movie.  Click here to visit Amazon or here to check out the movie trailer!

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