Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places, Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl, Book Journey

Libby Day was seven years old when her two sisters and mother were murdered by her fifteen year old brother Ben.  It was little Libby’s testimony that put Ben behind bars for life and now, 24 years later Libby stands by her testimony and has never went to see her convicted brother.

While Libby was a sole survivor of what was known as the “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.”, the term “survive” is a loose definition.  Libby is used to being cared for by a trust fund and has never held down a job.  She suffers from bouts of depression and often finds it hard to get out of bed.  However, the trust fund is running dangerously low after all of these years and Libby needs to figure out what she is going to do with her life and how to finally take control of her future.

When Libby agrees to be paid to speak to a group called The Kill Club, a group of people who follow true crimes, she thinks this will be an easy task.  She is shocked to find out the group has other theories on what really happened that night and they believe Libby’s brother Ben is innocent.  For a fee, Libby agrees to take another look at what happened the night of the killings, which means she will have to reconnect with the shadows of her past.




A few years ago a friend of mine recommended I read this book.  She described it as being even better than Gone Girl (by the same author) and I meant to read it then, but we know how that can go.  Finally, recently I picked up this book and found it engaging right from the start.  While Libby is a strange protagonist (lazy at times, disengaged in real life…) she grew on me.

I flew through this book in two days and enjoyed another twisty turny read from Gillian Flynn.  I guessed at the ending, and I guessed wrong.  It was much more twisted than I had thought and I loved the super craziness of it all.

If Gone Girl was a book you enjoyed to be shocked by, do not miss out on Dark Places.  This book will be a movie released in 2015.  Be ready… I will be. 🙂

  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 1 Reprint edition (May 4, 2010)