Review: Dark Places

◆ Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
◆ Read May 2015
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
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❝ Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben's innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother's? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day... especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?
No author makes up story lines as twisted and dark as Gillian Flynn does. If it's possible, Dark Places might be even more gruesome, more nauseating than Gone Girl was. And I love it! 

Dark Places is one of those books that encompasses everything I could possible want in a good novel. For one, it contains a really interesting plot with the element of mystery threaded through. Who killed the Days? Throughout the story, potential offenders and scenarios were explored. As these facts started piling up, I felt the desperate to keep turning the pages in order to find out if Libby would ever identify the real murderer and how the book would end. All of the little details came together in a bizarre (but brilliant), plot-twist that concluded the book in the perfect way. Readers who aren't a fan of the ending of Gone Girl will surely like this ending much better. 

In addition, Flynn does not shy away from sensitive topics, nor does she like to sugarcoat situations. She portrays characters and situations as they could have been in our real world. Most are flawed, are in fact really nasty and selfish. It's part of the charm though because you'll love to hate them and will come to sympathize with them because of the characterization. I disliked Libby when I started reading the book, but came to like her in the end.


Though this might be different for everyone, I enjoyed the setting and time period the author chose to work with. I wasn't very familiar with the cult vibe and satanic crime that plagued America in the 80's. It  gave the story more depth and background because it served as a recurring theme. Moreover, it made the murders so much more interesting!

If you're not interested in blood or triggering, controversial themes, don't read Dark Places. If this does not apply to you, I would really recommend this outstanding, brilliant book. I daresay I might even like it better than Gone Girl. Everything about it is great, from the writing to the characters. Bonus: a movie adaption is coming out this year. 

5 stars because:

✓ Mystery element
✓ Flawed, multidimensional characters
✓ Interesting setting
✓ Great ending (plot twist!)
 

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