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Coni, May 12, 2015 (view all comments by Coni)
Whenever I thought I would stop and take a break from reading, I decided to just read one more chapter. Next thing I knew, I had read more than half the book in one sitting. I only stopped since it was the middle of the night and I really needed to get some sleep. The next time I picked up the book a couple days later, I finished it. I did the same thing with Gillian Flynn’s first book, Sharp Objects. I read it really quickly. I purchased this book as soon as it came out, but didn’t get around to reading it until after I tore through Flynn’s third book Gone Girl. Flynn writes really twisted, dark stories that I have a hard time putting down once I start reading them. I enjoyed Sharp Objects, but could tell where it was going about halfway through the book. Gone Girl threw me for a total loop and I did not completely expect that was heading where it went while reading it. I can see with this book, which was her second one written that her writing was improving. I did enjoy Gone Girl best out of the three I have read by Flynn, but really enjoyed Dark Places.

When I started reading this book, I had to know what happened with the murders so I was more interested in the chapters that were either from Patty or Ben’s point of view since it was what was going on with either of them the day before all the murders took place. The present day chapters were a bit sad because Libby had not adjusted well to adult life after living through that horrifying event and losing her entire family. Later on though, I found it really interesting that Libby started to doubt her own memories when she was faced with bits of evidence or heard conflicting stories from people she was talking to from her past. That’s when I reached a point of no return with this book and I couldn’t stop.

I could not completely tell where this story was heading. Even when I had a vague idea, there were still a lot of surprises. It was frustratingly realistic about how the entire town would feed into gossip and rumors about what they thought happened with the family and how it affected the trial and Libby’s life after the murders. Also, the murders and the family affected so many people still living besides just Libby. That’s why the current day part of the book became more interesting as it went on, even though what I guessed had happened with the actual murders still surprised me, which is great. I love it when I can’t guess what is going on, but still having enough clues to try to figure it out while I read anyway.
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Stephanie Christianson, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by Stephanie Christianson)
After reading Gone Girl, I had to get my hands on Flynn's other writing. Dark Places did not disappoint and is probably more terrifying than GG. I highly recommend reading it during the Halloween season, it's far better than watching a horror movie!
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LisaH, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by LisaH)
After loving 'Gone Girl' so so much, I had to read everything by the author. This wasn't as captivating and insightful as 'Girl' but it was very good. Ms. Flynn has a way of looking into the souls of her characters and making them leap off the page at you!
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Terpsichore, August 19, 2014 (view all comments by Terpsichore)
This is a good mystery story as well as a story about guiding pace after unspeakable trauma. Flynn has a writing style that keeps you reading to find the answer. She managed to keep her reader guessing until the point of resolution and then she continues just enough to give satisfaction of the fate of all the necessary characters. while I doubt I can say I enjoyed this book, I have to amid I didn't want to put it down.
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Terpsichore, August 19, 2014 (view all comments by Terpsichore)
This is a good mystery story as well as a story about guiding pace after unspeakable trauma. Flynn has a writing style that keeps you reading to find the answer. She managed to keep her reader guessing until the point of resolution and then she continues just enough to give satisfaction of the fate of all the necessary characters. while I doubt I can say I enjoyed this book, I have to amid I didn't want to put it down.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307341570
Author:
Flynn, Gillian
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Author:
Gillian Flynn
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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Product details 368 pages Three Rivers Press (CA) - English 9780307341570 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Libby Day's mother and two sisters were savagely murdered when Libby was only seven years old. Her testimony in the ensuing trial helped send her brother to prison for the crimes. But is he really guilty? Flynn's accessible and compelling writing style make this a must for any carry-on or beach bag!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Edgar-finalist Flynn's second crime thriller tops her impressive debut, Sharp Objects. When Libby Day's mother and two older sisters were slaughtered in the family's Kansas farmhouse, it was seven-year-old Libby's testimony that sent her 15-year-old brother, Ben, to prison for life. Desperate for cash 24 years later, Libby reluctantly agrees to meet members of the Kill Club, true crime enthusiasts who bicker over famous cases. She's shocked to learn most of them believe Ben is innocent and the real killer is still on the loose. Though initially interested only in making a quick buck hocking family memorabilia, Libby is soon drawn into the club's pseudo-investigation, and begins to question what exactly she saw — or didn't see — the night of the tragedy. Flynn fluidly moves between cynical present-day Libby and the hours leading up to the murders through the eyes of her family members. When the truth emerges, it's so twisted that even the most astute readers won't have predicted it." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "[Dark Places] offers an authentic portrayal of the itchy angst and burning blunder of adolescence and, in its devotion to a world populated by mostly failed people who somehow managed to do one thing right — or one right thing — it remains committed to a complexly human, yet hopeful, vision. Readers will surely hope for more work from Flynn..." (read the entire Rain Taxi review)
"Review" by , "[A] nerve-fraying thriller."
"Review" by , "Flynn's well-paced story deftly shows the fallibility of memory and the lies a child tells herself to get through a trauma."
"Review" by , "Flynn follows her deliciously creepy Sharp Objects with another dark tale....The story, alternating between the 1985 murders and the present, has a tense momentum that works beautifully. And when the truth emerges, it's so macabre not even twisted little Libby Day could see it coming."
"Review" by , "Flynn returns to the front ranks of emerging thriller writers with her aptly titled new novel....Those who prefer their literary bones with a little bloody meat will be riveted."
"Review" by , "Gillian Flynn's writing is compulsively good. I would rather read her than just about any other crime writer."
"Review" by , "[A] gripping thriller."
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