Dark Places - Gillian Flynn: Book Review

Oh my God. I am so excited to write this review as I just finished this book and I loved it so much.

So I recently went to see 'Gone Girl' and I absolutely loved the film. I started reading the book the film was based on, but I didn't really like it - I mean, I loved the style of writing but I think the film was so surprising and unpredictable that reading the book was not as enjoyable after watching the film as it would've been without watching the film. I really liked the author's ideas though, so I Googled a bit and found out Gillian Flynn has some other books as well. 'Dark Places' really caught my attention - just read this little piece of information and I think you'll know why.

I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.
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.
This is the 'official' description of the book but it doesn't give away too much. I don't want to spoil anything (in case you'll be as enthousiastic as I am and want to give the book a try) but this is my personal little description..

Libby Day (the main protagonist of the book) survived the killing of her mother and two sisters. She was seven years old back then and she managed to escape - costing her a few toes and fingers but hey, she survived. This happened in 1985 and Satan was a huge theme back then - causing a lot of fear for many people. Libby's sister - Ben - is in prison for murdering his family.
The Kill Club contacts Libby because they think Ben's innocent - this 'wakes Libby up' and she she wants to know the whole truth - she wants to know if her vision wasn't distorted by policemen and officers back in 1985.
The book constantly shifts from 'now' to 1985 and this keeps the book interesting - every little chapter (as told by Ben, Libby, Patty (Ben/Libby's mother) you get to know a little bit more. This made me want to keep on reading and I simply couldn't put it down!

This book is perfect if you love thrillers and detectives but want to read the typical 'killing' book from a different and new perspective. It's not perfect if you have a lot of homework & many projects due: I can tell you from my own experience that you'll neglect important things. Oh - they're going to release a film of this book, to be out in 2015! So excited.

I hope you liked this book review - I think 'The Circle' by Dave Eggers will be the next book I'll review. I bought the physical copy of it yesterday (this is new for me! I usually use my e-reader) but I was in my favourite English bookstore in Amsterdam and I thought 'why not' - I'm excited to start reading this. Have a nice day!


  1. Wish I had more time for reading!

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    1. Same here.. even though I love it I don't read enough!

  2. With the age of computer coming less people choosing to held a real book and read it. I would love to read a book with the dramatic stories and i totally agree with you film just make the book not that attractive.

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  3. Thanks for the review, as I read a lot I'm always thankful for reviews like yours!
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena