Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Libby Day was just
seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she
hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she
has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the
'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is
desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels
she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a
group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious
murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.
Ben was a
social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which
he lived. But he did have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan
called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark
arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned
black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family's
past to uncover the truth - no matter how painful...
Hmm. So, I definitely have mixed feelings about this book. I haven't read much crime thrillers/mysteries, aside from a few here and there (Stephen King, Paula Hawkins), and after reading Dark Places, now I know why. Well first of all, let me just say that I could NOT put this book down, I felt like I was watching a movie and HAD to find out the ending. But as much as I enjoyed Flynn's writing, I was left oddly disturbed towards the end. Seriously. Is she a secret serial killer or something? Who thinks of this crap? I was not a fan of the cow massacre (traumatized), not to mention the descriptive murder scene of chopping up a little girl's body. UGH. I honestly despised all of the characters, including Libby, and don't get me started on Ben. However, I think that says a lot about what a good author Gillian Flynn is - to have the reader react so emotionally towards characters is pretty impressive. In the end, as disturbing as it was I can't take anything away from the actual story. There were so many twists and turns that kept me reading through the night, and I really enjoyed it (if that's the word for it). I'll be on the lookout for more of her stories, but for now I think I'll go back to my beloved chick lit.
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