This book took me a while to get into because it's a whopping page paperback. In addition, the chapters each focus on a different character, and the timing keeps moving back and forth from past to present. I'm surprised that I stuck it out with this novel, but I have enjoyed two previous works by Gillian Flynn so I thought the same might be true for this book. As I continued through the book, I began to detest all of the characters whom I found needy and creepy.
Again, this is not the type of book I usually find easily readable. However, somewhere in the middle of the book, I began to get more interested in the story as the plot became more twisty. I really did want to find out what happened at the murder scene. I read compulsively through the last half of the book and was somewhat disappointed to find out who the actual murderer was.
You'll have to read the book to find out why! Just like Gone Girl, Dark Places had me on the edge of my seat wanting to sit in my car and continue to listen. A classic whodunnit with multiple narrators and a good mix of present day and past day storyline that eventually meets in the middle and creates a chilling and complex story of murder and deceit. Great story and great narrators. Portions of the story were a bit on the gruesome side and there were times when I felt a little queasy listening to the detailed description of the murders but in the end this didn't deter me from wanting to continue on and find out what really happened that day in Can't wait to see the movie and to read Sharp Objects!
Good - excellent, really - but it didn't grab me by the throat the way Sharp Objects did. I find Flynn's development of ideas fascinating, though; you can trace the progression through her three books pretty clearly. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. If there is one thing that Gillian Flynn does well, it is character development. Libby Day is not a likeable character in many ways and yet I found myself liking her thanks to Flynn's adept portrait of her.
This book is bleak, no doubt about it. The problems of the 15 year old boy made my heart ache for him and the desperateness of the mother, combined with her inability to cope, also ran true.
Sure, the ending was a b it convoluted but the book was so riveting that I didn't even mind. This book is creepy and is not for everyone. You want her to succeed, despite the fact that she does some horrendous things. Do you forgive her for it? I was not a lovable child, and I'd grown into a deeply unlovable adult.
It was the characters that made me want to keep going. In some ways, everyone is a little bit guilty and realizing that and seeing Libby come to terms with it was fascinating. Then we have our other main character, Ben Day. Seeing how his thoughts turned darker and darker as the story went along was a little scary.
It makes the reader constantly question if he could truly be the murderer. Sometimes he felt like he'd been gone his whole life--in exile, away from the place he was supposed to be, and that, soldier-like, he was pining to be returned.
Homesick for a place he'd never been. Plot and writing wise this book was also excellent. Gillian Flynn has some serious talent when it comes to writing unpredictable mysteries. She constantly kept me on my toes, giving me just enough information to keep me guessing and then be mislead.
The alternating points of view were perhaps the biggest factor in making this story smooth and exciting throughout. The author certainly knows how to switch focus just in time to create the strongest sense of anticipation. My main criticism of the novel is that at times I felt the story was a little too dragged out and would have been even better if it was slightly shorter.
I also questioned the necessity of having certain elements in the story. However, I obviously still greatly enjoyed the story. This is not a book for everyone; you need a certain taste for the dark and despicable to enjoy this story.
Graphic descriptions violence, underage sex and molestation are all present. Aug 29, Sandra rated it really liked it Shelves: thrillers-us. Libby Day is 31 years old and her funds are running low!
Her mother and two sisters were massacred when she was 7 years old. Since the tragedy she has been living on the donations given to her by well-wishers. He has been inside for the last 25 years. To raise funds Libby reluctantly accepts an invitation from the Kill Club, a group obsessed with true crimes. They believe Ben is innocent and against her better judgement she begins to help them investigate the crime further. This book is true to it name and is a dark read.
Description of life in small town Midwest is sharp and real. It was desperately sad to read about the poverty of the family and the hardship of running a small holding, prior to the murders. The chapters flow well, moving from current day Libby and then the hours leading up to the murders, seen through the eyes of her family members. An enjoyable thriller and a satisfying ending.
View all 21 comments. Dark Places is a masterpiece, composed of troubled characters,disturbing deeds and buried secrets. For me, it wasn't as good as Gone Girl or Sharp Objects but it still managed to be a fantastic mystery, full of suspense and tragedy. Gillian Flynn takes a similar route with her characters as Libby Day is a deeply troubled individual, seeking the truth behind her family's murder.
She uncovers numerous shocking truths which shape this novel into a true page-turner. Libby Day is an incredibly complex ch Dark Places is a masterpiece, composed of troubled characters,disturbing deeds and buried secrets. Libby Day is an incredibly complex character who I found immediately interesting. Her history hooks you straight away and leaves you with a serious sense of unease.
Her brother, Ben Day is another compelling character and he shares a narrative in this story with Libby and their mother, Patty. The story is told by consecutively switching between these three from the past and present. This adds a unique,gripping touch which makes you eager to read on to find out what happens. I couldn't pick a favourite narrative as I enjoyed them all equally as the insight into different perspectives is a thrilling aspect of the story.
The plot is brilliantly constructed with so many lingering questions that make you invest more thought into the story and keeps you guessing. The mystery behind the murders and Ben just keeps unraveling, transpiring into something much more unpredictable. I loved the unpredictability Gillian Flynn manages to weave into her stories and she successfully does it here again.
The book is so great as it thrives in so many areas which all come together to sculpt this gem. I did prefer the stories and mysteries in her other books but Dark Places is not a disappointment. I may have preferred her other books but I still love this one as it has so many strengths that flourish throughout the book.
View all 19 comments. Mar 16, Jonathan Janz rated it it was amazing. Back in and early , I remember hearing a lot about a baseball player named Mike Trout.
Being a Cubs fan see: suffering , I didn't get many chances to watch the Angels since they play late at night, and for me that's prime writing time. But my son and I got the opportunity to catch an Angels-Cubs game on July 10th, , and I finally got the opportunity to watch Mike Trout play in person at Wrigley Field. His stat line? Three hits, two of them doubles.
A walk. A stolen base. I mean, what do you want to be when you grow up? Ben started his killing spree around 2 a. Who said things like that? He shook his head again. A woman. People have moved on. And the new aunt or cousin would be real nice for about a week, try real hard with bitter little me, and then … in truth it was usually my fault. I did very bad things to that woman. The story had gone national in early February. Nothing at all had happened in the case for a month. Read An Excerpt.
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