Book Review: Dark Places By Gillian Flynn

Plot outline: 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.

My Review: I was quite confused for the first couple of chapters and was deciding whether to put the book down, or to keep going as each chapter is either in the current tense or the past, and didn’t seem to have a logical pattern to it.

From the beginning it was clear that Libby’s mother and sisters were murdered, and that she was deeply affected by it. Libby was starting to run out of money from the publicity of the murders, through books and so on, and was given an opportunity to be paid, if she went to the Kill Club, where members could ask her questions about the night of the murder, so that they could find evidence to free her brother, Ben.

I became hooked when Libby decided she wanted to know what happened that night and went round looking for answers. When I was reading Ben’s chapters of the day of the murder, I was sure that his friend Trey, was the murder, but I was completely wrong!

The ending was very twisted and not what you expect, when the murderers of that night are actually caught. There are parts that are dark and gruesome, but Gillian sets the scene really well! It truly is a book, filled with Dark Places.

Recommendation: I would recommend this book, but to young adults upwards, due to the content.

My Rating: 4*

  • Genre: Psychological, crime, thriller
  • Publisher: W&N
  • Approximate Page Number: 448
  • ISBN Number: 978-0753827031
  • Amazon link: Dark Places – Amazon
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