24 April 2017

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Title: Dark Places
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 349
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Book Description:
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.

My Opinion:
After reading Gone Girl and enjoying it, I decided to pick up another novel by this author. This one appealed to me because of the vague blurb and unique idea. It did no disappoint!

The first thing I noticed was the change in perspectives and time zones. Half of the novel was written on the day of the murder by characters that were both alive and dead, whilst the other half was written in the perspective of Libby, during present day as she tries to unravel the mystery of that day. This was really creative because we got to discover what happened at the same time as the protagonist, resulting in a climactic reveal at the end.

Speaking of the revelation, I wasn't expecting what occurred. It was completely unpredictable and I really enjoyed this factor. I had my suspicions but they didn't meet the reality of how the novel ended, which illustrates just how in depth and planned the mystery was.

The ending held yet another plot twist. It concluded on a happy note which was nice because it brought us back to the beginning and came round in a full circle. The book felt complete and I liked that end to the novel.

Altogether, I think that this novel was actually better than Gone Girl and is certainly underrated since it didn't get as much recognition or hype. The mystery was intense and the revelation of who killed Libby's family was exactly as it should be in a crime thriller. This is a must read if you're into action-packed crime novels!

Favourite Quotes:

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.


It was surprising that you could spend hours in the middle of the night pretending things were okay, and know in thirty seconds of daylight that simply wasn't so.


I assumed everything bad in the world could happen, because everything bad in the world already did happen.

Rating ★
5 out of 5 stars 

 Next book I'm going to review:
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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