Monday, October 14, 2013

Dark Places

This is an older offering from Gillian Flynn of Gone Girl fame. I've been in a bit of a reading dry spell lately so I was looking for something with a twist and I knew Flynn would deliver.


Good Reads' Synopsis: "Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer."
What I Thought: I liked Libby and I was truly involved in her finding out the truth surrounding the murders. There was a good twist and the other characters were interesting as well. The juxtaposition between present day and the different POV's of the past were a nice take and kept things moving. However, I liked Gone Girl a lot more. So, if you haven't read that, start there. They're even making it into a (sure to be disappointing) movie.

Rating: * * *

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