Book Review of Dark Places

Dark Places
Dark Places
Author: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2


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.