Saturday, March 12

Book Review: Dark Places

Title: Dark Places

Author: Gillian Flynn

Pages: EBook 341

Summary: "I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ."

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

My Rating: 7.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: While I enjoyed this one, I found it didn't live up to the previous book I read by the author, Gone Girl. It still had its intense moments and was well written, but the plot and its characters didn't grab me like I expected. In the beginning, I was interested, especially by Libby, who is a train wreck and pretty messed up. But I found that, the interest wore off fairly quickly and she eventually began to be tiresome. She was the most interesting of the characters - but I just didn't connect to her or enjoy reading about her.

The plot itself was well done, the set up definitely had a good vibe to it but, it didn't pull me in as much as I thought it did. There were a few parts I found to be weak aspects of the story - the Satanic rituals and the Kill Club for example, both showed to be promising, but I found they didn't have the push I thought they would have in the story.

I did not see the twist in the ending coming and I wasn't expecting that either. That made the entire book worth reading for me. It was shocking and one of those, "wait... what?" moments. I can't go into too much more details, but the reveal at the end was surprising. Well, part of the end. One part I figured out, the other part was the shocker.

Overall it was a good ending and overall an fairly good book, it just didn't have the same punch and must read it now feel that Gone Girl had.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, while it didn't have that same pull as Gone Girl, it has some excellent writing and was still a good story - if you're a fan of dark and twisted this is a good choice.

What to read next: Gone Girl, Sharpe Objects

Challenges: 2016 Category Challenge, EBook Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge

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