Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

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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 is my third book now by Gillian Flynn, I absolutely loved Gone Girl and so decided to pick up Sharp Objects which wasn’t as good but I still enjoyed it. I then decided to try this one, Flynn is known for her dark stories so I thought I was in for a treat with this.

In this book we follow Libby Day, a now grown adult whose family was brutally murdered when she was just a child. Her brother Ben was arrested and convicted for the murder however years later Libby starts investigating what actually happened to her family, and maybe her brother is innocent after all.

This book sounded so good! It reminded me a little of the Lizzie Borden murders where everyone thinks Lizzie killed her family but there was no definitive proof. This was a similar set up and I thought it would be a fun murder mystery to try and solve.

In this book we switch between modern day of Libby trying to solve the murders and back in 1985 on the day of the murders. For me the 1985 flashbacks were amazing, they were really fast paced and threw in a few red herrings to the story as to who’d done it. However the modern day chapters were really slow, for the majority of them I just couldn’t read more than one chapter a night and it meant that some nights I was only reading 10 pages or so, this meant that it took me absolute ages to get through the book as I just couldn’t force myself to get through any more.

This book is dark, really dark. There are definitely some gruesome scenes that aren’t appropriate for everyone. Theres sex scenes, obviously the murder scenes which go into immense detail, also there is an animal mutilation scene which actually made me feel sick. Definitely not one for the faint of heart. If you’re looking for a dark book then you’ll definitely like this one, there’s a lot of devil worshipping scenarios which are graphically detailed.

I really wanted to enjoy this book but the characters just seemed dull, they didn’t seem realistic at all and so this also made it really hard to get through. In terms of the big reveal at the end part of me just didn’t care and I did guess part of the ending so that did ruin it for me. It didn’t have the big twist ending that Gone Girl had so for me it was disappointing.

Overall I do think this book doesn’t live up the standard that was set by Gone Girl, the ending was partially predictable (although there was a part which I didn’t guess) however for me the story just fell flat. I was really disappointed by this book, there were no realistic characters, the story was dull and the ending predictable.

Rating: 2/5

Summing up: Predictable and boring

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