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Dark Places

Flynn, Gillian (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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After witnessing the murder of her mother and sisters, seven-year-old Libby Day testifies against her brother Ben, but twenty-five years later she tries to profit from her tragic history and admit that her story might not have been accurate.
Authors: Flynn, Gillian, 1971-
Title: Dark places
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2009.
Characteristics: 349 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: After witnessing the murder of her mother and sisters, seven-year-old Libby Day testifies against her brother Ben, but twenty-five years later she tries to profit from her tragic history and admit that her story might not have been accurate.
ISBN: 0307341569
9780307341563
Statement of Responsibility: Gillian Flynn
Subject Headings: Kansas City (Mo.) Fiction. Brothers and sisters Fiction. Juvenile homicide Fiction. Families Crimes against Fiction. Children of murder victims Fiction.
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction.
Topical Term: Brothers and sisters
Juvenile homicide
Families
Children of murder victims
LCCN: 2008040244
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Comment by: LocketLibrarian Aug 21, 2012

Another strong, dark and creepy book from Gillian Flynn.

I didn't fly through this book like I did her other 2 novels. The characters, what we see of them, are not very likable. For all the information she gains, Libby doesn't seem that much different at the end of the book from the beginning,... Read More »


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A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "An incredible reading journry following the current life of a mass murder survivor, and the events
leading up to that awful day. As the day gets nearer the suspense increases."

Jul 28, 2014
  • Piemanthe3rd rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

En enjoyable read that keeps you guessing until the end. Seemed to end a bit abruptly but otherwise well written with well flushed out characters and an interesting plot. The book is sad for sure, as one would expect from a book that is focused on the murder of two young girls and their mother, but as it goes on it makes you start to feel good watching Libby get more involved and change her life for the better.

Jul 22, 2014
  • rebalski rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. Couldn't put it down. Couldn't stop thinking about it after I was finished reading. The characters felt so real.

Jul 14, 2014
  • SuzeParker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In the Acknowledgments at the end of the book, Gillian Flynn thanks her husband for understanding what goes on in her head and still being willing to sleep beside her in bed at night with the lights off. Dark Places (as well as Sharp Objects and Gone Girl) certainly is reason to ponder what lurks in Flynn's mind. Whatever it is, I'm glad she shares it with the rest of us in the form of her books, which are populated with people who are mentally unhealthy, to put it mildly.

Flynn is a very good writer and, despite main character Libby Day's oddities, I was rooting for her. She doesn't have a lot to recommend her -- she's a kleptomaniac who can't get out of bed some days, lives a life of solitude and can't hold a job. But then, if you were the only surviving member at age seven of your family's gruesome murder and your only brother were committed of the crime, you'd have some issues, too. Dark Places is pretty raw and depressing, but also riveting. On a personal note, I also enjoyed references to familiar Kansas City/Kansas/Missouri landmarks, even though Flynn pointed out the most stark and uninviting of them.

Jul 13, 2014
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

To say I loved Dark Places is an understatement. I don't normally read thrillers because I get scared easily, but the concept of this story drew me in. And then I could NOT. PUT. IT. DOWN.

I'm serious- I read this in 3 days. I didn't get nightmares, but I did get drawn in enough to run my own conspiracy theories about whodunit.

The protagonist is fantastically real and flawed, and I love that despite her many, many flaws she is always honest with herself. Every character is endearing and horrible. Well, almost every one. *ahem*
But every character is three-dimensional and realistic. Like, gut-punch realistic. I'm turning into a Gillian Flynn fangirl.

I highly, highly recommend it for fans of thrillers, mysteries, flawed and realistic characters, character-driven stories, and great writing. Just read it. But know there are some gut punches.

May 05, 2014
  • Readings_my_Rushmore rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I personally liked it better than Gone Girl. More suspense with a surprise ending.

Apr 23, 2014
  • dexluce rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I wasn't thrilled with this book. Not as interesting or "thrilling" as Gone Girl. Not as creepy and disturbing as Sharp Objects (which I outright didn't like). It was just meh to me.

"When Libby Day was seven years old, her mother and sisters were murdered while she hid nearby; after her testimony, her brother was sent to prison. Twenty-five years later, she starts selling off family artifacts to make some desperately needed money -- the buyers, a group of obsessed true-crime fanatics, also push her to look into the murders, which eventually forces her to question her memories. Graphic and violent, Dark Places is "a gritty, riveting thriller with a one-of-a-kind, tart-tongued heroine" (Booklist). The movie version is set to open in September, and will star Charlize Theron as Libby. Author Gillian Flynn also wrote the bestselling Gone Girl, which will be released as a movie the following month." Thrillers and Suspense April 2014 newsletter. http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/4787b6e3-0d15-41b5-8d26-1475253dca28?postId=3be71b4b-2ba6-4447-a08c-ee3763ea6a89

Apr 12, 2014
  • sissi1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

After having read 'Gone Girl', I was a little disappointed by 'Dark Places'...

Apr 01, 2014
  • dontbugmeimreading rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

no, the main character was not a likeable person but you could feel a little empathy for her. totally unexpected ending.

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Jul 09, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“Two killers,” I said. “Two killers the same night. That would be our luck.”

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