I have just finished reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl. She is just such an incredible writer!
Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the ‘Libby Day fund’. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.
Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend – a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family’s past to uncover the truth – no matter how painful…
What I really like about this book is each chapter is narrated from someones perspective in the present to another perspective in the past. I really enjoy this when I’m reading as it keeps the story moving and allows a better insight to the characters and whats happened.
Dark places, without giving anything away, was truly a page turner! I love the main character Libby. When reading it I truly felt for her and the predicament she was facing trying to determine what really happened the night her family were brutally murdered. Gillian Flynn has you thinking you know whats going on and then swipes the rug from under your feet! You feel Libby’s confusion and want her to keep fighting to figure out whats happened. She recognises everything thats wrong with her, identifies and uses these traits with other characters to connect with them. She also has a pretty mild stealing issue, which at one point actually had me laughing! And the twist at the end, I completely did not see coming. And thats all I shall say as I would feel awful if I ruined that for anyone!
After reading it, I am now away to download the movie and see if it lives up to expectations! I am also going to find more of her books to read as I love her style and the way she manages her huge twists!