Saturday, May 16, 2015

It's Just My Opinion

Dark PlacesDark Places by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a must-read for those that enjoy psychological thrillers! Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl) shines in her first novel. I'm surprised it wasn't more popular.

Who should read it? Anyone who...
likes a good mystery,
likes an intense story,
appreciates an edge-of-your-seat read,
loves twists and turns.

Just when you think you have a piece of the puzzle, it's two steps forward, one step back. Then, there are two twists that turn the puzzle completely upside down!

Who shouldn't read it? Anyone who...
doesn't have an open mind,
is squeamish (I'm used to reading about murder, autopsies, forensics),
wants to figure things out before the end of the book.

Libby Day is the sister who survived. Her mother and two sisters are dead, and her brother is in prison for committing the murders in what some think was a Satanic sacrifice. Libby's testimony put him away for life.

Twenty-five years later and in need of money, she meets with the Kill Club, a group of people obsessed with the murders who insist, among other things, that her brother is innocent. She begins to uncover what really happened that night, and the reader will not guess where it takes her.

Flynn alternates from different characters' points-of-view and from present time to the day of the murders and back again. This is not just a story of murder. It is about farming, poverty, the Satanic cults of the 80's, drugs, alcoholism, betrayal, abuse, and abandonment. Hold on tight: it's a wild ride!

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