Book Review: “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn

dark places

Title:  Dark Places

Author:  Gillian Flynn

Synopsis (from  Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

My thoughts:  This book came highly recommended as “excellent” by a number of friends.  After reading Gone Girl and loving it, I was quite excited to get into this.  Unfortunately, I have to say I really disliked this book for a number of reasons.

First of all, the reader gets introduced to this Kill Club that Libby starts to work with to find the truth behind the gruesome murder of her family.  As the reader, I naturally assumed this Kill Club would continue to play a role in the book.  Apparently not, since the Kill Club is like gone until the very end of the novel and plays almost no role in the book.  Stupid!

I wasn’t bothered at all by the very dark nature of the book, in fact I was actually expecting more psychologically dark.  It started out fantastic, fast, and intriguing and then just sputtered to a dead for me.

I found the end of the novel also just flat, a dead end, nothing exciting, a huge disappointment.

Overall, this book was a huge disappointment to me.  I expected a lot more.  It started wonderfully fast and exciting and just generally fizzled out to a disappointing ending.

And remember,

Books Are Life,



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