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Book Review: Dark Places

You can always rely on a Gillian Flynn novel to have you on the edge of your seat. She never disappoints, and she wasn’t going to start just yet. Dark Places was thrilling from start to finish.

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before.

Was the voice she heard her brother’s?
Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder?

Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?


OK, big thank you to my friend Charlotte for buying me this for my birthday and for knowing the massive happiness that Gillian Flynn novels bring me.

I really don’t know how Flynn does it. Dark Places, much like Gone Girl, blew me away. The story itself was dark and twisted, but exciting.

I absolutely devoured this book. I’m really into ‘whodunnit’ novels and with Dark Places, I could not guess who did indeed kill the Day family. Gillian Flynn did an excellent job of making it impossible to initially guess. Every character was as messed up as the next and every character had something to hide.

Much like Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn didn’t shy away from the gory details and while unsettling, I have to commend her for it. Nonetheless, the book was one compelling adventure not just for poor Libby Day but us, the reader, as well. I always feel a little bit concerned when I end up shelving these books as ‘favourites’, but I promised you I’m not as twisted as Flynn’s characters. I swear. No Devil Sacrifice here.

I must confess that I would love to spend a day – no Dark Places pun intended – in Flynn’s head. Or be there during her writing process to know just how she comes up with such dark and addicting stories.

Finally, I urge everyone to read Gillian Flynn’s novels. Go to your nearest bookstore or online and get them now. Go! You won’t regret it, I promise.

P.S. Anyone else hoping for a Lyle/Libby relationship? No? Just me? OK.

It just kept getting better with each turn of the page. A pretty obvious five stars. No question.


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