Wednesday 29 April 2015

Dark places by Gillian Flynn

Dark PlacesDark Places by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 424

Publisher - Phoenix

Blurb from Goodreads

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben's innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her borther's? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day... especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?

My Review

Libby Day is the survivor of her family being butchered, well apart from her brother who is serving time in jail for killing them. Libby was only seven years old when it happened and her testimony put Ben in jail. Twenty four years later Libby is stumbling through life, doing not a lot when she is contacted by crime group fanatics who believe her brother is innocent. Libby is desperate for money and agrees to go, before long she is questioning what she remembered that night and could Ben actually be innocent?

This is my third book by this author, she has a unique style to her writing. I find it hard to feel anything akin to liking or even tolerating most of her main characters. Libby is despicable, getting through life exploiting what happened to her family. Her past is littered with stealing, animal cruelty, lies and having a sole interest in herself. You can appreciate, after all she has been through, she will be affected however she is not a very nice or likable human being.

Libby does as the group bids her, speaks to people she hasn't in decades, tracks down witnesses in a bid to discover what actually happened to her family. The journey the reader sees her go through is one of discover and self examination. The tale is spun in a way that is keeps the readers interest but again, I felt I needed a good scrub after reading it. There are some twists and turns throughout. If you liked Sharp Objects and Gone Girl I am sure you will like this. 3/5 for me this time, there was a few things I guessed correctly and others I didn't see coming. Well worth a read if your familiar with this author and like a dark tale.

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  1. Thanks for your visit, great to see you there.

  2. This sounds so dark.

    Though I tend to like unlikeable characters, as you describe the protagonist here, I can understand how this one might me a little hard to take.

    Flynn has such a good reputation. I hope to eventually read one of her books.


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