Book Review

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

About the Book

From Goodreads

From The #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Of Gone Girl

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 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’m going to start off by saying this book took me a minute or two to actually get into, but I stuck with it because I was talking to the owner of the Coffee Shop I frequent and she is actually the one who recommended it to me. I found it at Half Priced Books and snagged it because it was the only copy of it that they had in stock at my store.

Holy crap! This is the best who done it book I have ever read. I couldn’t stop, because I just HAD to know who did the murders.

I read a review on Goodreads that said they recommended to read this book while sitting in the sunshine surrounded by happy people, and it made me giggle. I have to agree.

It wasn’t until towards the end of the book that I thought I knew who did it, and I was correct on that guess. Well, not entirely correct, but I had one person right. This book alternates between 1985 (The day before the murders) and present day. I like that it did that. You can tell what was being thought. There are 3 main points of view. Ben Day, the accused murderer who everyone thinks killed his mom & 2 of his little sisters. Libby Day, who lost all of her family on that fateful night and said she witnessed her brother do the killing. And Patty Day, who was their mother. Towards the end you do have the point of view of the actual killer.

If you thought Gone Girl was “dark” make room for Dark Places, because this book takes Dark to a Whole Nother Level!!


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