Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

5/5 Stars

Wow, I am so back-logged on reviews. I’ve been reading so much lately and feel like I should be putting out more than 2 reviews a week, but also don’t have the drive and dedication to put out more than 2 reviews a week. This struggle is currently alive and well.

I’ve finished 14 books since finishing this one. If that’s not a reading binge, I don’t know what is. I easily have enough books to review to take me all the way into the New Year. How crazy is that. Well, okay, one of them I finished was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, so I won’t be writing anything up for that one, but still. Someone control me!

Anyway . . . moving on. But, before I get on with the review I just wanted to share a little achievement I reached yesterday.

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I got this notification and was floored by that number. I can’t believe so many of you like what I post. So, I just wanted to say a big thank you to all you marvelous people who somehow find what I have to say interesting. This really means a great deal to me, and I’m so happy I have a place I can come to talk about books where people actually care and listen. So, once again, thank you wonderful people who make this blog strong and possible.

Now, finally, onto the review. 

This story focusses on the Day family, most of whom were brutally murdered back in 1985. Only two people survived: Libby Day, who was 7 during the attacks, and her older brother ben, 15 at the time and now stuck in prison for murdering his family. Libby testified against him 25 years ago and has accepted that he committed the horrible crime he was accused of. But, this unlikable kleptomaniac is about to get her world flipped around when a strange man, Lyle, contacts and introduces her to the Kill Club. This new encounter raises all kinds of questions. The most important one being: Did Ben really kill her entire family? If not, who did? Told in alternating present day and past flashbacks, this story is sure to keep you on your toes to the very end.

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Where to start with this book? Ahhh. This book was so good. I may have even liked it more than Gone GirlI absolutely loved this story and cannot believe that it was Flynn’s debut novel. She sure came into the book scene with a bang. I’m mad at myself for it taking me so long to finally discover her.

This story is pretty flawless. There were no loose ends that needed to be tied up at the finish of the story. All the facts come together marvelously. And, Flynn does a fantastic job of keeping you guessing until the very end. This woman knows how to write tension. She leaves every chapter with the perfect cliffhanger. It was so easy to flip page after page to find out what happens next.

Flynn weaves a kick ass story that will easily transport you into the life of Libby day and her family.

I also think it’s really impressive and cool the way Flynn writes this story. I love the present-to-past flashbacks. It’s really interesting that she was able to create a time spanning months for present day Libby while the past flashbacks only span the time of 24 hours. It really makes the story even more intense and easy to get lost in. 

But, where would this story be without some well-written, love-to-hate characters? Not much of anywhere. Flynn’s characters are great. Wow, I love them. Most of them I’m actually pretty disgusted with, but you’re supposed to feel that way. Flynn did such a phenomenal job on all the characters. There was no one that was underdeveloped, and they all had fantastic arcs. 

Especially Libby Day’s. She starts out as a character you can’t help but hate and shake your head at (even though at the same time you really love her). But, by the end, she’s a little less hate-able. Her arc is beautiful, and I could talk about it for hours. She goes through so much and discovers so much – not just regarding her family and the murders, but about herself as well.

She hardened herself because she hated going to those dark places that she tried to bury. She hated being weak and vulnerable, so she became a sort of villain, both hurting others and herself. But, Lyle and the Kill Club have helped her to tackle those dark places and open up.

Okay, but I’m gonna stop ruining stuff now, because I totally want you to go read this book.

Although, WARNING: I do not recommend this book to those who have weak stomachs for gore and explicit language and actions. I also want to warn people who have sensitive triggers relating to sexual abuse. It’s not a main focus, but the topic makes a few short (small) appearances.

Going back to how much I adored this book. The writing is phenomenal. The characters are beautiful. The story is enticingly brilliant. Go read this book. It will horrify you, and entertain you, and make your skin crawl, and will let you get lost in a mystery you’ll be dying to solve.

I highly recommend this to those who like mystery/crime and/or horror. This is a pretty intense book, but if what I’m describing sounds like something up your ally, you should definitely check it out. I also recommend this book if you enjoyed Gone GirlIt’s a completely different story, but has the same feel.

Basically just read this book. The End.

Get your copy from Book Depository here for $8.80.

I can’t wait to read Flynn’s other two books (Sharp Objects and The Grownup), both of which I own. She is a growing favorite of mine, and, honestly, I’ll be buying anything she puts out.

Another book review is coming tomorrow: Einstein’s Beach House 

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Happy Reading!



9 thoughts on “Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

  1. I’m literally reading this on my kindle now. I’m only like 8% into it though and already I haven’t found a character I like which did put me off a little but everyone I know that’s read it has given it 5/5 stars so your review has urged me even more to continue. Thank you. And congratulations on your 1000 likes!!

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  2. Yay! You loved it! I also liked this one a lot better than “Gone Girl” and Gillian Flynn is definitely one of my favorite authors, I’ve read all of her books now. I think you’ll really enjoy “Sharp Objects” if you loved this one and “The Grownup is a little short but it’s true to Flynn’s style. I hope you get around to reading them soon I’d love to hear your thoughts on them as well! 🙂 Great review!

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    1. I definitely need to get to them soon! Why are there so many books and so little time? (Haha the constant struggle of a reader.) I’ve heard such good things about “Sharp Objects.” I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for reading 🙂

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    1. Yes, it was just as good! I’ve also hear “Sharp Objects” is a really good one. It’s a lot of peoples favorites. I haven’t read that one yet, though.

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