Dark Places

Dark Places

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Sharp Objects
Gone Girl


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.


I had heard that Dark Places was one of Gillian Flynn’s best books. It definitely didn’t beat Gone Girl for me which is a book that chilled and shocked me. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy Dark Places, Gillian Flynn is amazing at creating such unlikeable characters that keep you turning the pages, despite being angry, frustrated or annoyed with them. It just didn’t quite match Gone Girl for me.

Dark Places centres around Libby Day. When Libby was younger, her mother and sisters were killed. Libby’s evidence put her 15 year old brother in prison. Libby has been getting by in life, but not really doing anything much with her life. Libby comes across the Kill Club which is a secret society obsessed with crimes. They find Libby and want her to give loads of details to them about her brother, Ben. They are convinced that they can get proof that Ben didn’t kill his family. Libby starts to question things that she’d never questioned before which leads her onto a hunt to find out the truth once and for all.

Gillian Flynn really is an incredible writer. I really think her books stand out in the genre because her stories are so dark. She’s also great at keeping you guessing. I really enjoyed the use of flashbacks in this story. I thought they were well crafted and incredibly gritty. Be prepared for some strong language and violence. Dark Places is absolutely littered with that!

I didn’t guess what had happened in Dark Places. However, I have to admit to feeling a little disappointed by the ending. I felt like the story dragged on a little bit in places and the ending just left me thinking ‘Oh..’ rather than being shocked.

Would I recommend it?:

Despite some disappointment, Dark Places didn’t take me long to read at all. Perfect to read if you’re into dark thrillers.

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