Book Review: Dark Places

Posted September 2, 2016 by Pixie in book review, Pixie / 6 Comments

Book Review: Dark PlacesDark Places by Gillian Flynn
Published by Crown/Archetype on May 5th 2009
Genres: adult, Fiction, mystery-thriller, Thrillers
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GONE GIRL 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.

Being my second Gillian Flynn book, I’ve come to realize this author is quickly climbing up my must-read list of books anytime I can get my hands on her work now. She knows how to grasp a reader’s attention quickly with her morbid style of writing and mysteries that build a tension-driven story until the very end. Dark Places gives you the shock value from the start with its chaotic sense of macabre, but not so disturbing that it will leave you wanting to set it down from nausea (unless you just maybe have a really really weak stomach). In a small way at the start, it’s almost reminiscent of the age-old Amityville Murders (Ronald Defeo case) or something quite similar, or at least I felt the similarity in some ways anyway.

Like with Gone Girl though, you have to pay attention because Ms. Flynn is a twisty and mind-bending writer and this is what I’m liking most about her already. I haven’t come across many authors in my lifetime that have managed to surprise me as much as she’s already managed to do so in just two books. But she has. And this is why I’ll continue to pick up anything she releases.

There’s not much said to the characters. You either hate them so much you like them because the writing is that good. Or you love them but hate that you love them because it’s not good for them in the storyline. Ha. I never entirely liked Libby, but she was still a character etched into memory. Overall, it’s Flynn’s storytelling that is the true winner here.

I only gave this title four stars, unlike the five I had initially given Gone Girl. The reason being is because there were times the story dragged a little, maybe more detail than necessary in some places. By the end, I still felt the other title had a slight edge over this one. It was still great, and I still highly recommend it. I look forward to much more of her work in the future!


6 responses to “Book Review: Dark Places

    • Pixie

      Definitely add her to list. I think you’ll be like ‘whhaaatt, why am I just now reading?!’ That was my reaction, anyway. Lol. Thanks for the comment!

  1. I have not read any book from Flynn but would love to read this one. The movie of Gone Girl was great so I expect her other books would be as good as Gone Girl, too.

  2. I absolutely LOVED her book!! Have you also read Sharp Objects by her? That one is pretty spectacular as well. Seriously, I am so bummed that she hasn’t written anything else yet. She has this way of creating stories with unlikeable female characters and completely off the wall twists in her stories. I just love her writing. Great review!
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    • Pixie

      Thanks for the comment! No, I haven’t read Sharp Objects but it’s definitely on my list. I am fairly certain whenever she does put out more work, I’ll be there ASAP to get it.

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