Review - Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

By Carmen, 12 March 2019
My Copy of the Book

Year Published: 2010

Genre: Crime; Thriller


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 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.

About the Author:

Gillian Flynn was the chief TV critic for ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and now writes full-time. Her first novel SHARP OBJECTS was the winner of two CWA DAGGERS and was shortlisted for the GOLD DAGGER. Her latest novel, GONE GIRL, is a massive No.1 bestseller. The film adaptation of GONE GIRL, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, won the Hollywood Film Award 2014.

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My Take on the Book:

As with all of Gillian’s other books – this one has a dark atmosphere. Libby Day was one of those characters who had been through quite a bit, and had a bit of a cynical view of the world; though there were times where it seemed like she played the victim card a little bit too much. I ended up giving this leisurely read a four star rating.

Last Word:

Since I’ve now read 95% of Gillian Flynn’s books (haven’t read ‘The GrownUp’), this is probably my least favourite out of all of them; and it didn’t have the heaviness that I thought it was going to. I found that the movie had an even pace to it. Gone Girl is most likely my favourite, with Sharp Objects being my second favourite.