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Dark Places : Home Is Where The Lies Are... - Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

Home Is Where The Lies Are...

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Your brother murdered your family. Your evidence put him away. But what if he didn't do it? The thrilling novel from the award-winning author of GONE GIRL.

Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over twenty years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders and they think her brother Ben is innocent.

Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family's past to uncover the truth.

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3.6

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80%

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Pros

  • Well written (5)
  • Page turner (4)
  • Suspenseful (3)

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1.0

Didn't like this book

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  • Well Written

Cons

  • Disappointing
  • Not the Author's Best

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    Comments about Dark Places:

    It is a well written book and to be honest, this was not one of her best books compared to the others. I didn't like this book as it was very slow from the beginning to end, it dragged on and I struggled to finish this book.

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    5.0

    Oh my, that was one frighting story!

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    from Australia

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

    Cons

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      Comments about Dark Places:

      Loved it, yet scared me a fair amount while reading it :) Excellent book, worth the read.

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      4.0

      Great read.

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      from Adelaide, Aus

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      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Page Turner
      • Suspenseful
      • Well Written

      Cons

      • A bit slow

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      • Older Readers

      Comments about Dark Places:

      Wonderful book. I thought it was a bit slow to begin with but wow, once it got going, I could not put it down. SO suspenseful and engaging. I loved it. I had no idea what was going to happen. Great read.

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      4.0

      Must read

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      from Sydney

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Page Turner
      • Well Written

      Cons

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        Great. This is a must read.

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        4.0

        Clever structure, unreal suspense.

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        from Melbourne AU

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        Pros

        • Page Turner
        • Suspenseful
        • Well Written

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          Comments about Dark Places:

          The premise of this book was horrible but that added force to the unfolding events. I loved that suspects who came up and then were rejected and I loved the writing which didn't interfere with the story in any way.
          What I found irritating though, like the first book I read, the ending seems to happen too quickly and it seems a bit unrelated to the character buildup.
          That said I didn't want to reach the end. Always a good sign.

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          Grips you from the first page and doesn't let go. - Karin Slaughter

          With her blistering debut, Gillian Flynn hit the ground running. DARK PLACES demonstrates that it was no fluke. - Val McDermid

          Flynn injects these chapters with unbearable tension... A gritty, riveting thriller with a one-of-a-kind, tart-tongued heroine. - Booklist

          Gutsy, atmospheric and suspense-loaded. - Woman and Home

          Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre. - Stephen King

          Gillian Flynn

          Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

          Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

          In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

          Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master's degree from Northwestern University.

          Visit Gillian Flynn's Booktopia Author Page


          ISBN: 9780753827031
          ISBN-10: 0753827034
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 448
          Published: 1st August 2010
          Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
          Country of Publication: GB
          Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.6  x 2.9
          Weight (kg): 0.31
          Edition Number: 1