After reading Gone Girl I was excited to read more from Gillian Flynn. I have always been a fan of thrillers and mysteries and this one doesn’t disappoint.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn is the story of Libby Day, survivor of her family’s gruesome murder twenty-five years earlier. Her then 15-year-old brother was convicted of the crime based largely on her testimony as a 7-year-old girl, but did he do it?
Libby is not only a survivor, but an opportunist who has been capitalizing on the notoriety of the murders for most of her life. She has never held a job and has been living off a settlement that is about to run out when she receives a letter from a group called the Kill Club that is convinced that her brother Ben has been wrongly convicted of the murders. Being the opportunist that she is, she meets up with this group to hear what they have to say and eventually agrees to help them find out the truth . . . for a price.
I really enjoyed the unique way this story was told. Instead of relying on memories to tell the tale, the story is told both in the past and the present. Some people may not like books that flip flop between two different time periods and from multiple points of view as they can sometimes be distracting, but I do if it’s done well. In this case, it was and I felt like it gave me a complete view of the story.
While I enjoyed the way this story was told, this was not an easy story to read. We have a mother and two young children who have been brutally murdered, a survivor that you would like to root for except that she isn’t especially likable, a 15-year-old boy who is troubled and hanging out with the wrong crowd, and an estranged father who is an opportunist himself. Even though no one in this book is especially likable, which seems to be Gillian Flynn’s style, I was captivated.
As the story unravels you realize that the case isn’t as cut-and-dry as it may have seemed and there are any number of people who could be the killer. If you are a fan of thrillers and mysteries like I am then you will probably find yourself continuing to turn the pages of Dark Places to find out who really did kill the Day family on January 3, 1985.