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Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

Paperback Published: 1st August 2010
ISBN: 9780753827031
Number Of Pages: 448

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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.


Classic in the making


Suspense, twist and turns, lies and betrayal, this novel has them in spades! And the ending, not like a slap in the face, but more like a punch in the face! It your not captivated by this novel, then you don't have a heart beat. This novel is going to be one of those classic novels in time.

Mackay, QLD


Unexpected plot!


Read it over several days. Wanted to know the outcome which wasn't what I expected at all.



Didn't like this book


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.



Oh my, that was one frighting story!


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



Great read.


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.

Adelaide, Aus


Must read


Great. This is a must read.



Clever structure, unreal suspense.


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.

Melbourne AU


Dark Places

3.9 7


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

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): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

Gillian Flynn

About the Author

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.

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