Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

dark-places-book-coverNow I have read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and really enjoyed it, I also can't wait for the movie coming out later this year. However, Dark Places had a very different feel to it and I found it more gripping than Gone Girl. I like Gillian Flynn's style of writing in both Dark Places and Gone Girl. Each chapter flips between characters as well as past and present. In Dark Places the chapters switch between Libby Day, Patty Day and Ben Day.

You follow Libby Day in the present trying to prove her brother's innocence and free him from prison with the help of the "Kill Club". In Patty's chapters you learn of her struggles being a single mother and having to keep up a farm with only her 16-year-old son to help. When reading from Ben Day's point of view you learn about his own struggles and his dark friends and the influence they have on him. Both Patty and Ben's stories are told in the hours leading up to the murders of Patty Day and her two other children Michelle and Debby.

I'm not entirely sure why the "Kill Club" was brought into it as they were phased out towards the end of the book. That being said I guess the "Kill Club" helps Libby consider her brother's innocence thus getting the ball rolling on the whole book. Dark Places kept me guessing most of the way and at times it was a bit of a dark read but in the end I really enjoyed it.

★★★★ out of 5

About Dark Places by Gillian Flynn Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

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