I was completely drawn in by Gillian Flynn's writing style when I read her first book, Sharp Objects. Dark Places doesn't disappoint. This story line pulled me in from the first page. The way the author writes gritty, real, female characters is absolutely spell-binding. It's dark, it's disturbing, and it's impossible to put down!!!
After devouring Gone Girl, I couldn't wait to get my hands on more from Gillian Flynn. After only a few pages of Dark Places, it was obvious that I was going to love Flynn's earlier work just as much. Maybe even a little more.
Flynn is masterful at creating characters that aren't the least bit likeable, but completely engaging. For example, it's hard to feel sympathy for the "heroine," prickly shoplifter Libby Day, short-tempered, unmotivated, entitled -- and the lone survivor of her family's mass murder in the Satan-crazed '80s. But it's impossible not to want to peel back the layers of her story, to shine a light on Libby's titular "dark places." And chapters told in alternating voices, including Libby's murdered mother, Patty, and her big brother, Ben, imprisoned for his family's grisly murders, provide a great way to slowly unfurl the truth behind the night of the killings.
Once again, Flynn has captured a single day gone horribly wrong in the life of a truly twisted American family. And once again, I was genuinely blindsided when the author's carefully plotted reveal finally played out. What a great read.
Libby Day is the only survivor of a massacre that killed her mother and two sisters. The killings had a ritualistic feel, and her older brother, Ben, is arrested and convicted of the crimes. Libby, who was only 7 and at home during the murders, testifies against her brother. She is living off the proceeds of the kind hearted people who donated money after the killings.
Libby is a complicated character, with an edge to her character, and she is motivated by money to work with a "kill club", a group of people that find entertainment in researching past murders. The murders of her family members have their devotees and Libby works with them to get in contact with the people who knew her family, looking for the truth.
The book flashes from the days before the murders to present day, but was easy to follow. The characters were memorable, complicated, and compelling. When I finally got to the end and found out what really happened in the farmhouse that day, it was not at all what I expected.
I was compelled to read this book and wished that I could have read it all day.
Wow! I finished this book yesterday and still can't stop thinking about it. Flynn is a master storyteller, putting a fresh, unimaginable twist on a tale reminiscent of Capote's 'In Cold Blood'. Her characters feel so real and the plot so riveting, I'm a little sad it's over! Kind of like that feeling you get after watching the finale of your favorite tv series.
Flynn is by far a talented writer, each book better than the last. I can't wait to read what she writes next!!