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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

by Gillian Flynn

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Title:Dark Places
Authors:Gillian Flynn
Info:Phoenix, Paperback

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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Oy. How does Gillian Flynn think of these stories?!?! By far, this has been my least favourite of the three of her books that I've read. This felt very different for me than Gone Girl and Sharp Objects - more evil, much darker (though, it's not like her others are full of daisies and kittens...) The way it ended was not what you expect (so it was exactly what you expect) and you can't help but feel horribly sorry for Libby throughout the entire thing while still thinking she's a huge idiot. Much like Gone Girl, you don't like anyone in this book but you can't help but turn the pages. ( )
  janeycanuck | Jul 27, 2014 |
Just as good as Sharp Objects - if not even better. A wonderful, cruel and disturbing story of the Day family that really proves that Gillian Flynn is now one of my favorites. ( )
  Iira | Jul 25, 2014 |
I don't know what has ever happened in Gillian Flynn's life to make her writing so twisted, but I like it! I want to hang out with her. Dark Places was a good story that had well developed characters. The plot moved along at a fast pace. I can't wait for the movie...and her next book! ( )
  Djupstrom | Jul 21, 2014 |
Flynn does it again--another great novel by Gillian Flynn.

This is her second novel, and definitely matches the title--Dark Places. This is the story of Libby Day, an adult who finds herself an adult and out of money. She is a survivor of a childhood tragedy, her mother and two older sisters were killed one night when she was seven. And her brother has been in jail for the last twenty four years as the convicted murderer. A group of mystery fanatics the Kill Club, has taken on her brothers case,believing him innocent. For money, they ask her to help them investigate the murders and reconnect with the people involved. At first, she is doing it only for the cash, but soon she elders at her tenth four year old testimony that helped convict her brother....

It's a great novel...a definite must read! ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
Gillian Flynn’s “Dark Places” is a crime thriller about a family on the brink of financial destruction. As it turns out, that was the least of their problems.

Single parent Patty Day was doing everything she could in 1985 to hold on to the family farm but knew she was simply postponing the inevitable. After all, without the help of Patty’s sister, she and her four children would barely have had enough to eat, much less the money needed to make a mortgage payment. Then, in the middle of a cold January night, Ben, Patty’s fifteen-year-old son apparently murdered Patty and two of his sisters - and after his seven-year-old sister testified against him, the destruction of the Day family was complete.

Almost twenty-five years later, Libby Day’s life is still a mess. Her brother, with whom Libby has had no contact since the night of the murders, is still in prison. She lives alone in shabby place but is on the brink of losing even that home as she spends down the last of the funds donated to her by sympathizers all those years ago. Now 31 years old, Libby has never held a job and cannot even imagine having to show up at the same place five days a week for the rest of her life. She would not last two weeks, and she knows it.

In steps the “Kill Club,” some of whose members are so obsessed with the Day murders that they are willing to pay Libby hundreds of dollars for each person associated with the 1985 murders that she is willing to interview on their behalf. All goes well enough for Libby as she exploits her tragic past for cash - until the moment she realizes that someone out there wants to kill her before she learns too much about what happened that night.

Gillian Flynn uses unreliable narrators (Libby and Ben) and witnesses to tell her story. Some of those involved are unreliable mainly because they are remembering 1985 through the eyes of the children they were at the time of the murders. Others, however, still have plenty to hide and would prefer that Libby turn her attention elsewhere. Little by little, by alternating a series of flashbacks with Libby’s present-day search for the truth, Flynn reveals what really happened that horrible night all those years ago. But, although for the most part, the construction of the novel works beautifully, it loses any sense of realism it may have had in its final few pages when the “thriller” aspect of Flynn’s story overwhelms the “mystery” portion. This is likely to bother some, but certainly not all, readers. “Dark Places” is definitely worth a look if you are more a thriller fan than a mystery fan. ( )
  SamSattler | May 23, 2014 |
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The Days were a clan that mighta lived long, But Ben Day's head got screwed on wrong, That boy craved dark Satan's power, So he killed his family in one nasty hour, Little Michelle he strangled in the night, Then chopped up Debby: a bloody sight, Mother Patty he saved for last, Blew off her head with a shotgun blast, Baby Libby somehow survived, But to live through that ain't much a life --Schoolyard Rhyme, circa 1985
To my dashing husband, Brett Nolan
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I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.
Libby Day "I have 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."
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Libby Day, still haunted by the day she witnessed the murder of her family on their farm in Kinnakee, Kansas, and twenty-five-years after testifying that her fifteen-year-old brother Ben was the killer, Libby is contacted by the Kill Club and devises a money making scheme that leads her back into a killer's path.
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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.

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