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Preview — Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. 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.


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Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dark Places , please sign up. Give yourself about 2 or 3 more years and come back to it. Books don't go …more As a middle school librarian my vote is NOT appropriate for a 14 yr old.

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Books don't go away, they will still be available in a few years when you have more life experiences and can understand the depth of emotions for the characters and events. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Was Ben Day a pedophile, or wasn't he? I'm aware that all that actually happened with Krissi was a kiss, buuuut his mom found that notebook with her name all over it. Was it a weird crush? I feel like Flynn wants us to forgive Ben for everything--but is he not a pedophile? Judy This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ The note book had Krissi name written all over it because he wanted to name his then unborn daughter after her, which is creepy in its own right, but …more The note book had Krissi name written all over it because he wanted to name his then unborn daughter after her, which is creepy in its own right, but he wasn't a pedophile, just a VERY weak minded mess up kid.

I don't think she wanted us to forgive him, but I can see where someone might get that impression.

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See all 63 questions about Dark Places…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Shelves: , mystery-thriller. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it. 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 on.

As much as I enjoyed its dark predecessor - Sharp Objects - I think Dark Places was, for me, a more 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 it. Dark Places alternates between the present day and 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 The 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 question 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 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 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 why. If 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 Flynn. View all 90 comments. Aug 03, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: sshh-family-secrets. View all 59 comments.

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Apr 02, Kristin KC - Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing Shelves: psychological-thriller , thriller , suspenseful , dark , horror. A keep-you-up-all-night-anxiously-reading-because-closing-the-book-is-not-an-option kinda scare. I went in thinking I was fully prepared. This book is so astoundingly demented, it truly makes me wonder exactly how Miss Flynn thinks up such bold scenarios. 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. Libby Day. What a truly unique, unforgettable character.

So mentally and emotionally deranged, you cant help but want to reach out to her… with 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. Now Libby is a grown woman who is beginning to question the details of that fateful night long ago.

A night she has buried deep inside, desperate to forget. And her unhappy, defeated voice is one I will not forget. With this particular story, I think the writing won me over even more 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. I wanted BIG, but maybe this was a little too big? In any case, this author has a genius grasp on storytelling, and I will gladly read anything she writes.

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Jul 21, Tatiana rated it really liked it Recommends it for: those who can stomach filth. Shelves: , only-i-will-like , mysteries-thrillers-horror. 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 then. Libby Day is a sole survivor of a horrendous massacre.


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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, 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 request, her strong belief in Ben's guilt starts wavering 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 equal to men, they can be equally 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 though.