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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What I'm Reading: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn



When I set my reading list, you might have been surprised to see an older Gillian Flynn work—especially since everyone seems to love Gone Girl. Gone Girl is on my list but in looking for books, I previewed the beginning of Dark Places and I was sold after the first 3 sentences.


“I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it. It’s the Day blood. Something’s wrong with it. I was never a good little girl, and I got worse after the murders.”

Sure, the lines are gory but I could see the main character (Libby Day) right away. The lines spoke to her inner turmoil and I instantly wanted to know more. I went with it and am so happy I did. The book starts in the present day but seamlessly toggles between flashbacks and present day to tell the nail biting tale of night of The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas from the perspective of Libby, her mother and her brother Ben, who is serving time for the murders thanks to Libby’s testimony.

Libby was confident in her testimony—and living off of the donations of well wishers—until she met the head of The Kill Club. The Kill Club researches famous crimes and their contact with Libby comes at a time where she is cash strapped and open to revisiting the evidence. When she does, she realizes her testimony might have been a mistake. Driven initially by the need to make money, she agrees to sell items that belonged to her murdered family members to The Kill Club and eventually agrees to interview other people who may have been involved.

The interviews lead her on a path she couldn’t have imagined and eventually reveal the truth about the events of the night her family died. This book is a nail-biter and I absolutely loved it—so much so that I almost skipped over the March through June books to get to Gone Girl. I ultimately decided to wait since I will be on vacation in July and can’t think of a better beach companion than a deliciously scary Gillian Flynn novel. I might download Sharp Objects as well.

Now, I’m reading The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. Then I’ll jump into Room by Emma Donoghue. I am a little behind but should be caught up by the end of the month.

Have you read Dark Places? What did you think?

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