Author: Gillian Flynn
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. (Via. Goodreads)
When you think about Gillian Flynn, you can just imagine pure genius. I have read all her books and so far Dark Places has really the power to spook you! After Shaun Hutson, she is the writer I would love to read. I just wish she had twenty more such books. But then maybe I am being partial because this was a thriller that i read after a really long time. To start with, Let’s talk about the narration. It has an interesting narrative with the protagonists LIBBY DAY and BEN DAY, talking about their lives as a poor farmer’s kids. Ben, the older child always having to give up on so many things because they just had to scrap through. Libby (In present) lives off the money that had been donated to her after her family was masscarred by Ben that unfortunate night. That’s the main thread of the story and it doesn’t stop at that. The funds has taken their last breath, so Libby takes on the offer of the KILL CLUB where commoners passionate about a particular case, try to find the killer or the real culprit behind the crime. Libby is intimidated by them but then she does try to find out about what really happened all those years ago, She goes and meets Ben at his prison and he looks happy. Something is not right the way things are turning out o be when he tries to hide the fact that he was in a relationship with a rich girl- Diondra. There are tidbits of her life portrayed and you really wish something wonderful would happen. But it doesn’t. And situation only gets worse from here. There Diondra who believes in black magic and leads a life of total abandon, only makes this novel a little darker. Ben feels wanted by her, hence does whatever she wants, despite the fact that he hates her himself.
I didn’t hear any good things about the movie but after reading the book, the images are quiet different than you see on screen. So maybe for people who like to watch movies than reading books, this is indeed a good one.
What is good about the book?
It makes a quick pace right from the beginning. You really do not know what is going to happen. The book gives you a dark side of people and though I have my shares of ‘happily ever afters’, I found something good in the end after all . And that’s what thriller is all about.
What is dull about the book?
The hopelessness of the characters and it’s a little depressing.