Literature / Personal Opinion

REVIEW: Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places

Synopsis (taken from

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 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.

I struggled with the book for the first half: I found Libby Day, protagonist of the novel, despicable. The various leads and characters confused me, as it was a case of remembering “who’s-who”.

However, halfway through reading, things started to fall into place. I gradually became more and more hooked, and I must confess that my review of the book was written at 02.30am, following a 4-hour binge-read.

I would give the novel 3 stars because if it wasn’t for my perseverance, and my respect for Gillian Flynn as an author, I would have put the book back on the shelf before I reached that halfway mark.

I still found Libby Day despicable at the end. I was also slightly annoyed at the few ties that were left unravelled as I finished – I don’t cope very well not knowing the answer to things.

All-in-all, I would recommend the book as an enjoyable read.