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From The #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Of Gone GirlLibby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee Kansas She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen year old brother Ben was the killer Twenty five years later the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details They hope to discover proof that may free Ben Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns the unimaginable truth emerges and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer

10 thoughts on “Dark Places

  1. says:

    “I have a meanness inside me real as an organ Slit me at my belly and it might slide out meaty and dark drop on the floor so you could stomp on it” I highly recommend reading this whilst sitting in the sun with plenty of happy people around you as I did that way you can avoid contracting something evil and nasty from its pages and also avoid losing any hope you had for humanity Okay sorry I make it sound so negative when actually this book is pretty fantastic if you can stomach the horrors within I ate this up in a couple of days finding every opportunity to read that I could Flynn certainly has a talent for dragging you into her stories and having them take you over until you find out just what the hell is going onAs much as I enjoyed its dark predecessor Sharp Objects I think Dark Places was for me a complex and well developed mystery I had many theories as to what was going on and all of them were wrong You know I honestly think that writing a mystery story must be the most difficult of all because the reader is your enemy Most readers of mystery stories will analyse the information they're given pull it apart and try desperately to solve the mystery before the characters do and yet if they are successful they feel disappointed For an author to manage to pull out something both surprising and convincingly real at the end of all this they have to have a talent for itDark Places alternates between the present day and 1985 when Ben Day allegedly massacred three members of his family his sister Libby being the only one to escape and testify as a witness sending Ben to a life in prison Now after years of living on the donations made by concerned members of the public Libby Day has finally run out of money and is forced to earn some cash by making an appearance at a group meeting where the members believe Ben is innocent At first Libby is willing to write them off as crazy fanatics with a grisly obsession but as information is presented to her she starts to uestion what really happened all those years agoThe story is told from three main points of view and to say I'm not a fan of multiple perspectives I thought it was done excellently Patty Day is an exhausted mother of four who starts to fear her son is becoming involved in satanic rituals; torn between wanting to protect him and being a little afraid of what his behaviour means we begin to uestion through her eyes whether the heavy metal loving loner could really have it in him to become a murderer Then we have Ben Day's point of view Being inside his mind is a little frightening we see how his thoughts become increasingly dark how just wanting to have something normal can lead to the most abnormal behaviour but does that mean he would really murder his family?And of course there is Libby Day Libby Day is the reason I think I enjoy Flynn's novels so much She is so imperfect complex selfish violent but somehow you manage to stay on her side I have no idea how the author manages this but I've always loved a protagonist with issues the kind of issues that make them lash out in ways that would make you hate them if you weren't inside their head understanding them She does some horrible things and though you don't necessarily forgive her for them you are able to see whyIf you're okay reading about filth gore and underage sex then you should dive into this mystery straight away and immerse yourself in the disturbing but awesome mental workings of Gillian FlynnLast updated April 2016Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

  2. says:

    i was not a lovable child and i'd grown into a deeply unlovable adult draw a picture of my soul and it'd be a scribble with fangsgillian flynn sure does love writing about horrible people doing horrible thingsand i sure do love reading about them especially because she isn't one of those writers coasting on shock value and can you belieeeeeve a delicate flower of a woman is writing this?? but she can really tell a story and i for one was completely surprised and pleased by the ending of this onelibby's mother and two older sisters were murdered when she was seven years old apparently in some sort of satanic bloodbath masterminded by her older brother ben she escaped and was instrumental in getting him put behind bars in one of those lean on the kid and make them say what needs to be said to convict someone situations twenty five years later she is a mess a flat broke kleptomaniac pissed off at the world and terrible at any social expectations until she is approached by a group whose specialty is studying violent crimes trading memorabilia constructing alternate scenarios of horrorshows; criminal tourists and libby pumps them for cash while promising to look into the crime she lived through and reconnect with her brother and father in order to solve a crime she believes has already been solvedbut it is far from over man there are all kinds of things she is going to learn about that night and about her family and about her own selfand it's going to get creepyit is great great great it is not perfect i personally had some difficulties with character motivation and behavior but it doesn't matter because it all works within flynn's dirty little world and she manages to convince you that these characters are going to do what they are going to do within their need spheres and just because it doesn't make sense to youuuuu just be thankful for that yeah?it is really chilling stuff oh god remember the frenzy of satanic finger pointing of the 80's? there were cults everywhere right? all the animal sacrifices and the heavy metal music and the teenage killers under the spell of the dark one? and even though none of it ever panned out into anything that frenzy that imagined threat was so convincing to so many pearl clutching mothers it would be adorable now except for reading this book and remembering that actual people were accused and convicted because of half whispered urban legends oopsit's a great bloody crime story its pacing is sublime; she always knows just how far to take the reader before switching up the focus to cause the maximum amount of anticipatory distress she knows how to cover her tracks and how to deliver the most effective kaboom of an ending and you might not like any of these characters but you will still sympathize with them despite your better instinctsi seem to have run out of gillian flynn books pleasecome to my blog

  3. says:

    45 StarsGillian Flynn scares meBut it’s a good scare A keep you up all night anxiously reading because closing the book is not an option kinda scare If you thought Gone Girl was twisted make room for Dark Places because this suspenseful thriller takes “freaky” to a whole nuther levelI went in thinking I was fully preparedI wasn’t This book is so astoundingly demented it truly makes me wonder exactly how Miss Flynn thinks up such bold scenarios The plot is so “out there” yet way too close creating a palpable level of discomfort for the reader—but I for one could not look away This author knows how to stretch the creep factor to its limits just short of over the top delivering a crazy yet still fathomable plot She masters the art of description until the details begin materializing and suddenly you're visualizing them whether you’re trying to or not Libby Day What a truly uniue unforgettable character So mentally and emotionally deranged you cant help but want to reach out to herwith a six foot pole of course;Because she feels so damn real Her thoughts her actions—so cynical and bitter But who wouldn't be after experiencing the torment she has I assumed everything bad in the world could happen because everything bad in the world already did happen Libby’s family was brutally murdered in their home but little seven year old Libby somehow survived the gruesome massacre Largely due to Libby’s testimony her wallflower brother becomes tried and convicted for these satanic murdersNow Libby is a grown woman who is beginning to uestion the details of that fateful night long ago A night she has buried deep inside desperate to forget But there are things that refuse to be forgottenAnd so begins the suspenseful journey as the plot glides through past and present alternating between a first and third person perspective—Libby serving as the story’s narrator And her unhappy defeated voice is one I will not forget With this particular story I think the writing won me over even so than the plot Although I was completely sucked into the mystery marathon guessing like it was my job the ending somehow left me ever so slightly disappointed It’s difficult to place my finger on why I wanted BIG but maybe this was a little too big? I’m still unsure In any case this author has a genius grasp on storytelling and I will gladly read anything she writes But for now I’m off to read something happyish Book Stats ▪  GenreCategory MysteryThriller▪  Graphic Nature Racy and bold▪ Romance Twisted▪  Characters Unlovable but unforgettable▪  Plot A twisty and suspenseful murder mystery▪ Writing Flawless poetic bold and edgy▪ POV Switches between 3rd and 1st person heroine▪  Cliffhanger NoneStandalone

  4. says:

    yo this book freaky Ben real creepy and Libby kinda dumb

  5. says:

    cool idea shitty ending

  6. says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerSeriously what goes on in Gillian Flynn's head? She writes the freakiest stuff Sharp Objects was nasty enough and Dark Places is just as vile Luckily for her I along with millions of people like vile now and thenLibby Day is a sole survivor of a horrendous massacre Her mother and two sisters were brutally killed one winter night and mostly thanks to Libby's testimony the murders were attributed to Libby's older brother Ben an alleged active Satan worshiper Now almost 25 years later 32 year old Libby is out of money that had been donated to her by well wishers over the years and must look for a new source of income She settles on helping the Kill Club a group of obsessed women who believe in Ben's innocence to re investigate the murders for money of course As Libby starts talking to various people involved in the original investigation at the Kill Club's reuest her strong belief in Ben's guilt starts waveringI am fairly certain now that Gillian Flynn's schtick is writing about VERY BAD women We are presented with an array of them in Dark Places they lie to get attention they abuse they blackmail they mooch they kill they are weak and pathetic It is no doubt a novel approach to women empowerment If women are eual to men they can be eually despicable right? The men are no better they are good for nothing losers mostly What I am getting at is that you can hardly find any likable characters in this book which for many readers is a must not me thoughThe story itself is gruesome Prepare yourself for brutal killings molestation bullying Satan worshiping drugs and underage sex Some parts are so tough to read I had to put the book aside for awhileBut underneath the filth there is a great mystery well paced suspenseful full of red herrings it keeps you guessing until the very last moment who the perpetrator is Just like Sharp Objects this book is absolutely not for everybody But I thoroughly enjoyed this freaky thriller and will wait with anticipation for the release of Gillian Flynn's next macabre mystery

  7. says:

    Normally I wouldn't give a genre book like this a 5 star review because I'm picky and controlling about handing out major praise How could a crimemystery be as good as say Thomas Hardy or Alice Munro? Apples and orangesBut I just finished this about five minutes ago and it made me gasp It's so good a well paced page turner beautifully wrought I literally couldn't put it down for longer than a couple hours at a time once I picked it up with the exception of sleepAccording to her Acknowledgements Flynn did significant research to write this and it shows it's assured detailed and often heart wrenching There are no loose ends and when they tie up they tie up so naturally unfolding at such a realistic pace that you feel like this could really have happened Nothing except maybe for the Kill Club the ball that gets the narrator Libby's investigation rolling is farfetchedFor what this is a genre novel echoing In Cold Blood crossed with southern gothic it's superior But even outside the mysterycrime genre this book is a better skillful funnier emotional and fascinating read than most of the literary fiction I've read lately Libby Day is a fantastic heroineanti heroine; real three dimensional funny dark bent and broken but not beyond repair I so enjoyed taking this ride with her and am sorry the book had to end This is very high praise coming from me because I read constantly and I hardly ever have this feeling about anything I can't wait to read Sharp Objects though I'm dreading it at the same time because I really can't afford to let another book usurp all my time for three straight days

  8. says:

    As someone who grew up in rural Kansas and has lived in the suburbs of Kansas City for the last fourteen years I made my peace long ago with the fact that I don’t reside in one of the hip places on the map The only Kansas based things that have worked their way into popular culture are In Cold Blood and that goddamn Wizard of Oz As a Kansan I listen to everyone I’ve met from somewhere else do the “I guess you’re not in Kansas any Ha ha” thing and can barely resist the urge to punch them in the throatBut it seems like every book film or tv show is set in either New York or LA with a few other places like Miami Chicago or Boston thrown in now and then I think half the reason I’m such a huge fan of John Sandford is that most of his books are set in Minneapolis and he’s shown that there actually is life in the Midwest I know that the folks who run the various entertainment industries like to talk about getting us off our tractors long enough to sample their wares but it seems like the only attempts to include us in the stories either mock us as morons or sentimentalize small town life to vomit inducing degreesGillian Flynn is originally from Kansas City and her first book was very well received so I was excited to hear that Dark Places was set in both rural Kansas and KC Of course it involved the slaughter of a family on the prairie going back to the In Cold Blood thing but I’ll take what I can get I was excited to get one of the rare chances to read a story set in the place I liveUnfortunately Flynn didn’t do her old hometown any favors because it seems like she singled out every depressing aspect like the run down old stockyards and warehouse district that’s got some of the worst urban decay in the area Or I 70 between KC and St Louis that is filled with tacky billboards and low rent strip clubs One restaurant that she uses as a location recently burned to the ground and its owner is charged with arson I know she was telling a story about the aftermath of a brutal crime and how it screwed up the sole survivor but damn Would it have killed her to have a character pop down to Power Light for a drink? The KC tourism board would have thanked her for itEnough of my bitching About the book Back in 1985 on a rundown Kansas farm a mother and two daughters are brutally killed Young Libby Day manages to survive by fleeing the house and it’s her testimony that convicts her fifteen year old brother Ben of the crime Supposedly Ben was a Satan worshipping freak who went shotgun and axe happy one winter nightIn the present thirty one year old Libby is a freaking mess She doesn’t make it out of bed some days she’s a kleptomaniac she has no friends and she usually can’t even manage to take care of simple things like remembering to buy cat food wash her sheets or fill her ice cube traysLibby has been living off the trust fund that started when donations poured in after the murders but the money is about to run out Desperate Libby agrees to a paid appearance for the Kill Club a group of amateur investigators who think that her brother is innocent Libby doesn’t even want to think about her brother but offers of cash get her motivated to start visiting people connected to the murders Suddenly Libby isn’t so sure that Ben was the killer after allThe story is told in two parallel ways We get Libby’s first person account of her activities in the present while a third person narrative of the last day of her family gives us the background of what happened in 1985This is a character based mystery and Flynn does a great job with both the struggling Libby in the present and the family in 1985 The stark reality of a poor farm family in the mid ’80s along with Libby’s pathetic life as an adult makes for a pretty depressing story but Flynn really sucks the reader into the plight of everyone involved I was somewhat let down by the ending but I can’t say much about that without spoilers While this book probably won’t convince anyone to move to Kansas it’s a good read for those who don’t mind a raw story about just how much life can sometimes suck even if you don’t get chopped to bits with an axe

  9. says:

    Gripping and entertained DAYS GO BY You gotta believe in something right? Everyone has their thing This is my second novel by Gillian Flynn and now I am realizing that I have been reading them backwards I mean in the opposite publishing order but this has been due mainly the order of film adaptations However I won’t wait until having any film adaptation of Sharp Objects to read that one I do hope to read it in the following monthsMy reading experience with Gone Girl wasn’t any good as I would expect BUT I have to admit that it has a really uniue narration style making it worhty to be in anyone’s TBR book list And odd enough I enjoyed A LOT the film adaptation of that one while I watched after reading the book and taking in account that it’s basically the same story but I enjoyed it better in the movie formatI wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy this book Dark Places but happily I can say that the reading experience with this novel was truly wonderful Maybe it lacks of intense action at the climax I won't spoil it don't worry but definitely I enjoy a lot the whole reading experience of the book I am truly glad of deciding to read it I still have to watch the movie at the moment that I am writing this review but I hope to be able to watch it soon HAVE A NICE DAY And every single person in this case lies is lying did lie Dark Places is the tragic and grim story of the Day Family told in the voices of Libby Day main character Patty Day her mother and Ben Day his brother Libby’s family had just the opposite a nice day like 25 years agoher mother and her two other sisters were murdered and Ben his brother was charged with the killings getting a conviction where Libby’s testimony was a key factor for itNow Libby is an adult woman and very soon she will be totally penniless She got many donations around the country United States mainly at the momento of the tragedy and she has been able to dispose of the money too good She never studied never worked never did anythingLibby is exposed to a singular kind of fans about unsolved murders or cases where the convictions have something wrong A Killing Club reuniting former cops former detectives and even regular people interested about police cases She is shocked to know that there are too many people believing that his brother is innocent and her own doubts about what really happened that terrible night 25 years ago are starting to increase bigBetween her personal reasons of wanting to know what really happened that dark night and her current struggling economic status Libby thinks that she can kill two birds with one stone since this “Killing Club” is willing to pay her enough money to go and interview the people involved in the case and since she is Libby Day there is a high potential that that people would open in an easier way to her than strangersReaders will get to know slowly but methodically exactly what happened that terrible day having chapters with the voice of Libby right now but also the voices of Patty and Ben but those two set back in the past on that fateful day Present and past will be intermixed offering the pieces of the puzzle that the readers want to put together BUT it won’t be easy since human beings are natural liars and the Day Family isn’t better if not worse MAKE MY DAY That’s what they were a home past the expiration date It’s obvious that the case of the Day Family’s murders wasn’t handle as it should but it’s amazing how easy an alibi can be stated Unless there is some evidence putting you in the crime scene it seems that basically you only need to convince somebody else to say that you were with himher at the moment of the crime and bam You’re off the hook Nobody is perfect but certainly the Day Family never tried any hard to be one You will have an uniue access to the minds and feeling of three of the main members of the family but also thanks to them you will get to know the rest of members of this broken kindredYou won’t have heroes here Only survivors And certainly when money is scarse the Day Family doesn’t hesitate to make crazy hard callsBlood is thicker than water so families’ bonds are strong to smash but also families aren’t a static things but in constant evolution and due that bloods can become even thicker specially if something isn’t uite right to say the least in your head SEIZE THE DAY Everyone who keeps a secret itches to tell it A mystery is something great it’s something wonderful since a mystery always is screaming to be solved A mystery exists to be solvedbut a secret?A secret is something intimidating it’s something maddening since a secret always is silently screaming to remain unspoken hidden Knowing about the existence of a secret is a contradiction itselfTherefore people do their best to keep the secrets but it’s something too heavy so to lighten some of the burden people become crafty to “expose” the secret at plain sight but in a clever way Even dark places aren’t enough to keep a secretMeet the Day Familyat your own risk

  10. says:

    my first experience with gillian flynn was a minor disaster i had no idea how dark and disturbing her stories would be so i was nowhere close to being in the right mental state for that kind of thing now knowing the twisted things she is capable of writing i found this book to be uite thrillingive also found GF has uite a slow paced style of writing but with this particular story i thought it worked really well it helps develop the characters establish a timeline of day of the crime and provide little clues and hints along the way the ending isnt uite as shocking as i may have liked with the slow pace and good details its easy to see where things are headed but i thought it was an ending suitable for the story overall im so relieved i didnt dislike this as much as ‘sharp objects’ and now im even excited to pick up ‘gone girl’↠ 35 stars