Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn


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Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars. Since then, she has 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 realize 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?


I’ve gotten to the point where I’m ready to just throw my money at anything Gillian Flynn writes, she’s absolutely brilliant and yet I’m terrified of what goes through her mind when she writes these books! I’m warning you now, this book is not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach.

Libby Day, was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas”, she then testified that it was her brother, Ben Day, that did the deed. The story starts now ,twenty five years after the murders, where Libby’s trust fund is finally dwindling down to nothing. This is when she’s approached by the Kill Club to start digging into the mystery of her family’s murders in exchange for money, and Libby will start to call a lot things she thought she believed into question.

So Things You Will Love About Gillian Flynn’s “Dark Places” :

1. The plot twists! Now since this book revolves around a mystery a lot of people will think they can figure it out before Libby does. You are wrong, I’m sorry I know a lot of people can do it but believe me when I tell you that you will not be able to do that with this book at all.

This will be your face, like it was mine. For real.

And this is how I picture Gillian Flynn as readers reach the end of “Dark Places”

2. The characters! Yep the characters are very VERY disturbed, all of them, it’s insane. Libby is a great, strong character and witnessing the murder of her family at a young age messed with her head royally, but who wouldn’t be messed up after something like that? However, despite Libby’s struggles she pulls through a lot of crap to get to where she is by the end of this book. We also get a lot of insight into the minds of Patty Day and Ben Day, all I have to say about them is that Patty put up with a lot of shit and that I liked her for the most part. I was not fond of Ben….at all.

3. The writing! Gillian Flynn is a damn good writer, seriously, I would read this woman’s shopping list. She does an excellent job of making you feel what the characters feel, even though I didn’t want to because the characters are all very troubled. I mostly felt creeped out, that’s the whole book, creepiness. I’m fairly positive that’s what Flynn was shooting for, and she nailed it.

Overall I am recommending “Dark Places” it really is a fantastic book.


I would recommend this for anyone looking to get their mind blown or anybody who is a fan of Gillian Flynn, this one will not disappoint.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

The Sassy

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

  1. misswatzername August 20, 2015 / 9:20 am

    she is just incredible at throwing you off any assumptions you could make on any of her books. So many twists!

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  2. thesassygeek August 25, 2015 / 3:20 pm

    I know right? She really is amazing, I have Gillian Flynn on my auto buy list because her books are just all so mind blowing! 🙂


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