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.
I love mysteries, I love crime, I LOVE Gillian Flynn. If you are interested in any of these genres and have never read Gillian Flynn books before, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Pick up something, anything… and start reading!
What I liked:
- Libby Day is not a character you want to sympathize with. And it was so refreshing! You don’t need to fall in love with the main character (yes, you heard me), you don’t need to want to be like him / her. Instead you can read about someone you don’t want to be… like ever…
- WELL-WRITTEN CHARACTERS! I was surprised by the amount different characters in the story, particularly by Libby Day. Bravo, Gillian Flynn! Bravo!
- SUSPENSE! JUST TELL ME WHO DID IT?! Was it Ben? Maybe it was Ranger? Or was it little Libby??? It was driving me crazy! I was suspecting everyone and everything but the result was SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED. Can you imagine that??
- THE DAY FAMILY NAME! How ironic, right? I wish I would have read it in English though, there were a few of word playing phrases (the translator actually felt the need to highlight them in the footnote.)
- DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW! Throughout the whole book we were jumping from points of views of Libby, to Ben, to their deceased mother. From present to the specific time of that sad day. Just so everything didn’t come together until the very end! It was a truly wonderful read.
What I disliked:
- Dark Places might have been a bit TOO DARK at some points. Some details of the murderous scene were described too well, images were popping in my head… sometimes very unpleasant images I should say. But this is the price you have to pay for reading mystery novels!
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was the second book by Gillian Flynn that I’ve read, and both times I felt the need to share with the World my love for her writing. I also reviewed «Gone Girl» a while ago if you are interested in more Gillian Flynn novels (it actually was my first post on this blog, so don’t judge too harshly! I want to think that I’ve learnt and improved since then. Shh! Don’t you dare telling me otherwise!)
Let me know in the comments down below:
Do you like Mysteries and Crime novels? Do you love Gillian Flynn? Do you have any recommendations for her other books?