This week I picked up the book, Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.
If you haven’t read anything by this author, she is known for her extremely dark imagination in her psychological thrillers. I did not care as much for her book, Sharp Objects, but I loved Gone Girl giving it a 5 star review. All three of her novels are being made into movies, Gone Girl to be released first in October.
So I wasn’t sure what to expect from Dark Places but the synopsis sounded intriguing.
Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.
Since then, she had 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?
I finished reading it last night and I am still not sure how I feel about this book.
First off, it read quickly, I like that in a book. It left me wanting to know what was going to happen next and how it was going to end. Boring would not be a word I used at any point in this one. It had an interesting plot – I would love to get to know the author to see how her mind works, that unfolded gracefully throughout the story.
The chapters were a mix of present and past tense and set in different point of views; which if done well- and it was, gives the reader a chance to delve deeper into the story instead of just being one sided from one person’s POV.
However, there were things in this book that I didn’t care for either.
There were a few plot building characters that were deranged but I was left wondering why they acted in the bizarre ways that they did. It seemed that there was no reason or explanation other than this is who they are and that’s that. It felt unbelievable.
Then we have the ick factor; there were things written in this book that just seemed written to be gross and make you feel gross but really had zero bearing on the plot what so ever, leaving you with the thought of that was random and weird.
Again it read quickly, but at the same time it was exhausting to read. These lives are so full of misery (yes, I knew this was a psycho thriller when I started reading) but it was bad thing after bad thing happening and as a reader I was never really given the chance to get off of the roller coaster. It was a page turner for sure, an interesting one at that, but I found myself needing breaks because it just became too much bad to be enjoyable all at once.
Then we have the ending… I felt like it was kind of cut short in the story line. We have followed these people’s lives going back 24 years and have felt their pain, misery, heartaches and then she threw the ending at us like an info dump.
Maybe the points listed above, that I found un-enjoyable about Dark Places, were intended by the author, and if so then she did a great job!
This book took me on a mind bender of a ride with being fascinated, creeped out, spooked, and jumping at the little noises in my house. Overall, a good sign while reading a selection from this genre. In the end, I gave this read 4 stars and recommend you give it a try if you haven’t already.
I am looking forward to seeing this one as a movie. IMDb is showing Dark Places movie release to be this November so here is hoping Hollywood does it justice.
Have you read Dark Places? Or any of the other books by Gillian Flynn? If so, what did you think? If not, are you going to? What is your take on these types of books?