This book was gifted to me as part of a book swap I participated in a couple of months ago. I’ve only read one other Gillian Flynn book, Gone Girl, and to be honest, I hated the ending of that book, it felt lazy and left me hanging and I was annoyed with it.
That was NOT the case with Dark Places!
Although, Gillian Flynn seems to have a knack for writing stories that are somewhat open ended and leave you wondering what the hell happened to the characters?
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer
This book hooked me from the opening paragraph!
Gillian seems to have a knack for writing really dark, really horrible characters that you struggle to like, while you feel some sort of sympathy for them, you can’t help really disliking them throughout her stories and the very same can be said for Dark Places.
Her characterization and writing style is fascinating, she has a way of describing even the most mundane, in ways and words that drip a haunting darkness.
i was not a lovable child, and i’d grown into a deeply unlovable adult. draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.
I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.
The story unfolded in a series of twists and turns that had me thinking about it every time I had to spend any amount of time away from my book. It was one of those reads that I just wanted to get home too. With each new revelation, I found myself being sucked deeper and deeper into the darkness of the story. But still 100 pages before the end, I still had no idea who done it!
The only criticism I can give this book, and perhaps that’s just Gillian’s style because I found the same with Gone Girl, is that her stories seem to build and build with the tension and the twists and turns and then once the plot has been fully revealed, they seem to lose steam towards the end.
I’d have loved to know what happened to all the characters at the end of this book but the story does leave you somewhat hanging and wondering…
It’s also been made into a movie….
And I definitely plan on watching this on Netflix very soon!
It’s an outstanding read, I’d highly recommend it if you’re fan of the thriller genre!