Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

Dark Places – Gillian Flynn


Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she had been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?

My Thoughts

Once again, Gillian Flynn sends us on a heart-racing, thrilling adventure. Unraveling the mystery of the Day Massacre is intense. Navigating through the twists and turns brings you to a deep, dark place. If not prepared, it can be shocking and grating. This is a psychological thriller unlike any other.

For me, one of the best parts of the book is being able to see the story progress through multiple viewpoints. The flashbacks, for the most part, are seen through the eyes of Ben, and their mother Patty as they navigate the – roughly – 24 hours prior to the murders. It’s both enlightening, and a tad depressing – no matter how much you don’t want it to happen, you know what’s going to happen.

In the present, we see Libby scrambling to try to put all the pieces together – make them all fit. She meets many characters, many different, passionate individuals, determined to find the truth. And Libby is stuck in the middle – on the fence, hounded for being Baby Day who survived the whole mess.

The end result – the truth – was a shock, which was refreshing. Books rarely shock me, and I greatly enjoyed being totally blind-sided.

This book is an adventure of grotesque proportions – which is bloody brilliant. A good read for any mystery lover – and for me, the creepier, the better. I certainly wasn’t disappointed.


~ by Aubrey Smith on September 1, 2014.

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