Review: Dark Places

Author: Gillian Flynn

Genre:Thriller, Crime

Rating: 4.5/5
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.


It had been so long since I enjoyed reading a book so much! From the first page to the last, it was un-put-down-able.

I confess, I wasn’t much of a fan of Flynn earlier. I had tried reading both this book, and Gone Girl earlier, and gave up. I don’t know, at that time I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for this type of a book.

This book was really dark, and had incredibly messed up, morally ambiguous characters. The heroine of the story is by her own admission a really unlikable character. And that is one thing I love in books.

The narration alternated between that of Libby Day in the present and that of her brother Ben and her mother Patty in the past, which was wonderful for me, as I love multiple POVs.

Some of the scenes did things to me. There were descriptions of violence and mentions of satanic rituals and sexual abuse. They were a bit disturbing, but in a way that really went a long with the tone of the book. This book was really appropriately named, for it took me into a very dark place.

While the plot was full of suspense, the only complaint I had was the ending. While I definitely did not see it coming, it was not the mind blowing ending I expected. The ending was not bad. But it was not as amazing as I expected it to be.


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