By Gillian Flynn
Rating: 4/5 Stairs
I’ve read Gone Girl, and I wasn’t sure what to expect in this predecessor. Dark Places reveals itself slowly, but keeping a steady, page-turning pace.
At just 7 years old, Libby Day survived a horrific slaughtering of her family in the early hours of 3 January 1985 at their farm house in Kinnakee, Kansas. 25 years later, Libby finds herself mixed up with a group of people with an interest in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee Kansas.”
Everyone’s got a theory, but there’s one thing everyone in the group agrees on – except Libby – Ben wasn’t the killer that night. Now, 25 years after the murder, Libby begins investigating the events of 2 January 1985, trying to piece together her family’s last day and what went wrong. And she starts to doubt herself a little bit – did her testimony convict the wrong person? Was her 15 year old brother Ben actually innocent?
Ms. Flynn flips the narrative back and forth between Libby Day in the present, and both her mother, Patty Day, and her brother, Ben Day, on that fateful day of January 2, 1985. As grown-up Libby begins to uncover the day’s events, we hear voices from the past (Patty and Ben’s perspectives) to help pull the puzzle together.
It was an interesting read, and I’m not sure why it wasn’t a 5 stair book for me; it was a really, really good book. Maybe it was the satanic piece, or the fact that I just didn’t like some of the characters. (Although I didn’t like all the characters in Gone Girl either, and looking back at Goodreads, I rated it 5 stairs.) It could just be that I’ve read so many fantastic books lately. I listened to the audio book, and sometimes when it was Ben’s narrative I was just ready to get back to Libby. If I would have had the book, I probably would have flipped ahead to catch back up with Libby.
Definitely a page turner with many twists and turns throughout. I kept thinking, “Oh yeah. Ben definitely did it.” And then a few pages later, “He couldn’t have done it! It must have been someone else.” And then back to thinking, “Yep. It was Ben.”
Don’t go into Dark Places expecting another Gone Girl, as this book is a different premise. If you like these type of twisted mysteries, you will enjoy it for sure.