March 7, 2014

Book Club - Dark Places

It's time for Book Club with Heather & Katie!

This week I'm reviewing:

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.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.


This book was phenomenal. I know I shouldn't be surprised because it is Gillian Flynn but still - so good. I actually think this might have been the darkest of the three I've read (Gone Girl & Sharp Objects were the other two). Crazy, right? Because those two were dark as fuck! But I think this one disturbed me the most for some reason. It took a little bit to get into the thick of the story but the rest was a wild ride!
If you're familiar with Flynn's books, you'll love this just as much. And if you're still wondering whether you should try her books - do it.

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  1. I loved Gone Girl and I just started Sharp Objects last night... this one is next!!

  2. She writes some messed up stories! But I do enjoy reading them. What does that say about me? Haha! I think I liked Sharp Objects more than Dark Places (Gone Girl the most). I can't wait for this movie!

  3. I also loved this book. I know that Gone Girl has been the most popular of Flynn's novels, but I think I liked this one more. I haven't read Sharp Objects yet, but I think I need to get around to it soon.


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