Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

From The #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Of Gone GirlLibby 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...


Details Dark Places

TitleDark Places
ISBN9780307341563
Author
Release DateMay 5th, 2009
PublisherShaye Areheart Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime, Mystery Thriller
Rating

Reviews Dark Places

  • Emily May
    2012-06-29
    “I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.” I highly recommend reading this whilst sitting in the sun with plenty of happy people around you (as I did) - that way you can avoid contracting something evil and nasty from its pages, and also avoid losing any hope you had for humanity. Okay, sorry, I make it sound so negative when actually...
  • karen
    2012-08-03
    i was not a lovable child, and i'd grown into a deeply unlovable adult. draw a picture of my soul, and it'd be a scribble with fangs.gillian flynn sure does love writing about horrible people doing horrible things.and i sure do love reading about them. especially because she isn't one of those writers coasting on shock value and "can you belieeeeeve a delicate flower of a woman is writing this??" but she can really tell a story and i, for one, wa...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    2014-04-02
    *4.5 Stars*Gillian Flynn scares me.But it’s a good scare! A keep-you-up-all-night-anxiously-reading-because-closing-the-book-is-not-an-option kinda scare. If you thought Gone Girl was twisted, make room for Dark Places because this suspenseful thriller takes “freaky” to a whole *nuther* level.I went in thinking I was fully prepared.I wasn’t. This book is so astoundingly demented, it truly makes me wonder exactly how Miss Flynn thinks u...
  • Tatiana
    2009-07-21
    As seen on The ReadventurerSeriously, what goes on in Gillian Flynn's head? She writes the freakiest stuff. Sharp Objects was nasty enough, and Dark Places is just as vile. Luckily for her, I (along with millions of people) like vile now and then.Libby Day is a sole survivor of a horrendous massacre. Her mother and two sisters were brutally killed one winter night and, mostly thanks to Libby's testimony, the murders were attributed to Libby's old...
  • Terry
    2009-07-05
    Gillian Flynn's first novel, Sharp Objects, was interestingly disturbing; in fact, it walked a razor-thin line between "Huh, you certainly don't read that every day" and "Gillian Flynn has some serrrriiiious issues and I'm a little bit afraid of her". I wasn't sure whether I respected her extremely dark side or her dark side is so dark it makes her books kind of uncomfortable to read. Strangely enough (once you know the story outline) Dark Places...
  • Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym)
    2009-06-06
    Normally I wouldn't give a genre book like this a 5-star review, because I'm picky and controlling about handing out major praise. How could a crime/mystery be as good as, say, Thomas Hardy or Alice Munro? Apples and oranges.But I just finished this about five minutes ago, and it made me gasp. It's so good -- a well-paced page-turner, beautifully wrought. I literally couldn't put it down for longer than a couple hours at a time once I picked it u...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    2013-05-01
    I have now officially read all of Gillian Flynn's books, and I really enjoyed this one!The story and the characters were so twisted, and the last hour or so of the audiobook was insaaaane.
  • Kemper
    2010-06-25
    As someone who grew up in rural Kansas and has lived in the suburbs of Kansas City for the last fourteen years, I made my peace long ago with the fact that I don’t reside in one of the hip places on the map. The only Kansas based things that have worked their way into popular culture are In Cold Blood and that goddamn Wizard of Oz. (As a Kansan, I listen to everyone I’ve met from somewhere else do the “I guess you’re not in Kansas anymore...
  • Alejandro
    2014-07-29
    Gripping and entertained! DAYS GO BY You gotta believe in something, right? Everyone has their thing. This is my second novel by Gillian Flynn, and now I am realizing that I have been reading them backwards, I mean in the opposite publishing order, but this has been due mainly the order of film adaptations. However, I won’t wait until having any film adaptation of Sharp Objects, to read that one. I do hope to read it in the following months.M...
  • jessica
    2019-06-30
    my first experience with gillian flynn was a minor disaster. i had no idea how dark and disturbing her stories would be, so i was nowhere close to being in the right mental state for that kind of thing. now knowing the twisted things she is capable of writing, i found this book to be quite thrilling!ive also found GF has quite a slow paced style of writing but, with this particular story, i thought it worked really well. it helps develop the char...
  • Dan Schwent
    2014-09-04
    When person or persons unknown murdered her entire family, seven year old Libby Day managed to escape and fingered her brother Ben as the killer. Now, decades later, she's dysfunctional and nearly penniless, and after meeting some true crime enthusiasts, isn't so sure her brother was the murderer after all. Can Libby discover the truth?After dodging Gillian Flynn for years in the wake of Gone Girl, I finally caved it when this showed up in one of...
  • Mandy
    2015-04-20
    This is by far my favorite book ever! I started this knowing how much I enjoyed Gone Girl and when I got started with this I couldn't put it down. My soul bonded to this book from the first word. Page turner and an unforgettable ride. A hell of a ride. The movie is just as good and I can rarely say that about books and movies. Ugh, great, spectacular, amazing, eventful, mind-blowing, utterly fantastic. Read this book!!!!!! After reading Gillian F...
  • Nataliya
    2014-09-22
    Lesson learned # 1: Gillian Flynn is excellent at creating unpleasant characters and disturbing situations. “I was not a lovable child, and I'd grown into a deeply unlovable adult. Draw a picture of my soul, and it'd be a scribble with fangs.” Lesson learned # 2: Reading her books in a dark apartment at 3 am is a big making-skin-crawl mistake. Dark Places is a book capable of leaving a nasty aftertaste and vague uncomfortable feeling for days...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2015-04-07
    4.5 stars . *breathes deeply* What a ride! Finally a mystery that keeps its appeal intact after the first 50% and does not make me roll my eyes all duh! like in the end. Let's see why, shall we?► Highly recommended if you can stomach the depression. *whispers* In the end, I even rooted for Libby. Don't ask me why. I just did. Nobody's perfect, okay? I said that the characters made me sick, but oh, the sadness. The despair. The misunderstandings...
  • Rincey
    2018-12-24
    Nothing like reading Gillian Flynn during the holidays to make you feel significantly better about your own familyWatch me discuss this book in my December wrap up: https://youtu.be/ReIV4UHlHCI
  • Brooke
    2009-05-27
    Well. I can't really say that I liked this book. None of the characters are likable, including the main character. Libby Day's family was killed by her brother when she was 7. By the time she hits 30, she's still 7 inside, her inner growth stunted by the tragedy. She can barely take care of herself, has never had a job, and suddenly the money that strangers donated out of charity over the years is down to about $900. To replenish her bank account...
  • j e w e l s
    2017-05-30
    “I was not a lovable child, and I'd grown into a deeply unlovable adult. Draw a picture of my soul, and it'd be a scribble with fangs.” Gillian Flynn, Dark PlacesGillian Flynn is the MUTHA of all domestic noir. She's my spirit animal. I feel defensive about her books, I think sometimes she gets a bad rap because her novels are so dark. Her characters unlikeable. Her plots are crazy. True, true, true.Underneath it all, it is impossible to over...
  • Chantal (Every Word A Doorway)
    2015-10-01
    This book was insaaaaane. But so so good. Dark Places was my first Gillian Flynn book (though I have seen the Gone Girl movie) but I fully plan on picking up her other books now.It’s the kind of novel that makes you question what on earth we humans can come up with. I kept wondering what was going on in Gyllian Flynn’s head. How does she think of these things?Dark Places is vile, macabre and gruesome. The author doesn’t hold back, instead s...
  • Reading Corner
    2015-11-15
    Dark Places is a masterpiece, composed of troubled characters,disturbing deeds and buried secrets.For me, it wasn't as good as Gone Girl or Sharp Objects but it still managed to be a fantastic mystery, full of suspense and tragedy.Gillian Flynn takes a similar route with her characters as Libby Day is a deeply troubled individual, seeking the truth behind her family's murder.She uncovers numerous shocking truths which shape this novel into a true...
  • Jonathan Janz
    2015-03-16
    Back in 2012 and early 2013, I remember hearing a lot about a baseball player named Mike Trout. Being a Cubs fan (see: suffering), I didn't get many chances to watch the Angels since they play late at night, and for me that's prime writing time. But my son and I got the opportunity to catch an Angels-Cubs game on July 10th, 2013, and I finally got the opportunity to watch Mike Trout play in person at Wrigley Field. His stat line? Three hits, two ...
  • Andrew Smith
    2016-02-09
    I didn’t like Gone Girl, which I though started quite well but went rapidly down hill from half way. So I approached this one with caution. I shouldn’t have worried though; I could tell from the start this was going to be right up my alley. Libby is a lazy kleptomaniac who is living off the inherited life insurance from her hideously slaughtered family – well, who wouldn’t warm to a character like that! Libby’s brother Ben is the only ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2012-08-23
    I read Dark Places waaaaaaaay before I ever thought about writing giffy reviews for a hobby. That ‘splains why there’s always just been my 4 Star rating sitting here with no picture book accompaniment. But I live where this book takes place and I’m familiar with the landmarks and the vibe of certain locales that made the action so tangible to me and soon it will hit the big screen filled with A-list actors in the starring roles causing peo...
  • Clumsy Storyteller
    2015-12-28
    Disturbing /heartbreaking /Perfect/thriller/mystery/suspense novel i loved the twist i really didn't see that one coming, The main character, Libby was a damaged soul, 3 of her family members were killed by her brother Ben (that's what the author wants you to think :p) i didn't like Libby very much she's a slob lonely woman, she had a rough start in life but that's not an excuse for sitting around and waiting for people to support her financially...
  • Sandra
    2019-08-29
    Dark Places is Gillian Flynn’s second novel.Libby Day is 31 years old and her funds are running low! Her mother and two sisters were massacred when she was 7 years old . Since the tragedy she has been living on the donations given to her by well-wishers. She has never had a job, she is a loner and she feels deeply embittered by new tragedies that take people’s donations away from her...... As a result of Libby’s testimony, her 15 year old b...
  • Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead
    2011-03-19
    Other Reviewers mentioned they didn't like Libby! How can you NOT love Libby. She's emotionally troubled, selfish, lazy, angry and does not want to love anyone including herself. She is exactly how you would expect someone to be when your entire family is butchered while you are hiding and eventually running for your life. Flynn, I bow down to you for not making this character "rise above" her past and for writing a character so perfectly, that m...
  • GTF
    2017-04-17
    'Dark Places' contains everything that makes a great murder mystery: conflicting accounts of the truth, unnerving characters, a complex and clever protagonist, and an over running theme of macabre. I would almost go as far as saying that it surpasses Flynn's hit novel 'Gone Girl'.Libby Day is still burdened by the brutal murders of her mother and sisters that took place in their family home in 1985 when Libby was just seven years old. Now, thirty...
  • Natalie Monroe
    2014-11-17
    "I was not a lovable child, and I'd grown into a deeply unlovable adult. Draw a picture of my soul and it'd be a scribble with fangs." Flynn has a gift for creating absolutely despicable characters that you can't help but sympathize with. Everyone in this book is horrible, from the narrator's ten-year-old sister, who is a gossip-monger and blackmails people for their silence, to the deadbeat dad who physically threatens his wife for money. Even t...
  • Glenn Sumi
    2015-07-23
    Dear Gillian Flynn:After Gone Girl and now this riveting novel, I’ll gladly go to any fictional dark place you take me.Once again, you had me hooked after the first few pages.Your protagonist’s voice – bitter, jaded, lazy, entitled – feels absolutely authentic. Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered on a cold January night in 1985. She survived, at least physically, and she's grown up, broke and miser...
  • Jeanne
    2014-09-28
    Meh.Well, unfortunately this wasn't the page turner Gone Girl was for me. The most interesting thing about this book in my opinion was Libby's character. Where Gone Girl started out slow and then got really good, this one started out amazing and then went flat. I do like that Gillian Flynn creates these screwed up characters and I found Libby to be somewhat entertaining. Ms. Flynn isn't known for writing likable characters to be inspired by, but ...
  • Anne
    2017-10-14
    Actual rating: 3.5 StarsI took me a bit longer to get into this book than Gone Girl, but I still enjoyed it.I had some problems with the main character at the beginning. I found her quite unsympathetic. I got used to her throughout the book though, and I do think she had a good amount of character development. Unfortunately, some of the side characters left me feeling a bit unsatisfied. I would have loved more information and a better look into t...