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Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

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Published: 1st August 2010
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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.

About the Author

Gillian Flynn was the chief TV critic for Entertainment Weekly and now writes full-time. Her first novel SHARP OBJECTS was the winner of two CWA Daggers and was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger. GONE GIRL is breaking sales records.

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4.0

Must read

By McBlonde

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written

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    Comments about Dark Places:

    Great. This is a must read.

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    4.0

    Clever structure, unreal suspense.

    By Martha

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    • 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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      The sole survivor of a family massacre is pushed into revisiting a past she'd much rather leave alone, in Flynn's scorching follow-up to Sharp Objects (2006).On a January night in 1985, Michelle Day, ten, was strangled, her nine-year-old sister, Debby, killed with an ax, and their mother, Patty, stabbed, hacked and shot to death in the family farmhouse. Weeks after jumping out a window and running off in the Kansas snow, Libby Day, seven, testified that her brother Ben, 15, had killed the family, and he was sent to prison for life amid accusations of sex and Satanism. End of story - except that now that the fund well-wishers raised for Libby has run dry, she has to raise some cash pronto, and her family history turns once more into an ATM. A letter from Lyle Wirth promises her a quick $500 to attend the annual convention of the Kill Club, whose members gather to trade theories about unsolved crimes. When self-loathing Libby ("Draw a picture of my soul, it'd be a scribble with fangs") realizes that none of the club members believes her story, she reluctantly agrees to earn some more cash by digging up the leading players: Ben, whose letters she's never opened; their long-departed father Runner, who's as greedy and unscrupulous as Libby; Krissi Cates, the little girl who'd spent the day before the murders accusing Ben of molesting her; and Ben's rich, sleazy girlfriend Diondra Wertzner. Flynn intercuts Libby's venomous detective work with flashbacks to the fatal day 24 years ago so expertly that as they both hurtle toward unspeakable revelations, you won't know which one you're more impatient to finish. Only the climax, which is incredible in both good ways and bad, is a letdown.For most of the wild story's running time, however, every sentence crackles with enough baleful energy to fuel a whole town through the coldest Kansas winter. (Kirkus Reviews)

      ISBN: 9780753827031
      ISBN-10: 0753827034
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 448
      Published: 1st August 2010
      Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 2.7
      Weight (kg): 0.29

      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