Review: "Dark Places" By Gillian Flynn
There's plenty to say about Gillian Flynn's book Dark Places. Gillian Flynn is known for her book Gone Girl, especially for the recent making of its hollywood adaptation. Flynn has been making a name for herself recently as a crime fiction/thriller writer and now having read one of her devilishly thrilling books, I am hardly surprised why. Without further a due, let us review the summary of this book.
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas." She survived-and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club-a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes-locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She'll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club-for a fee. As Libby's search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started-on the run from a killer.
Gillian Flynn writes a murder mystery that drips with intrigue. One of my personal favorite aspects of this story is Flynn's choice of formulaically telling the story through two adjoining timelines. The first chapter takes place in the modern day when Libby is in her early thirties and the second chapter takes place from her brother Ben's perspective the day of the murder. The story follows in this fashion switching back and forth in time between Libby, Ben and their mother Patty. Perhaps I am biased, but I myself have played with this formula and absolutely loved seeing another writer do the same!
Admittedly there are parts in which this mystery slows in its unveiling to the audience that almost feels grueling. I can safely say however that at the end of the story (when both the modern and past day stories) reach their end, the grand reveal of the truth is a shocking slap in the face. Anyone who loves a good thriller with plenty of intrigue and the patience to make sense of oddly intricate clues will love this book!