Dark Places follows Libby, a woman who becomes famous after the horrific murder of her mother and two sisters when she was a child, in which her brother was blamed and convicted. After being approached by a club of wannabe detectives, she decides to dig deeper and discover what really happened that night. For a more complete summary, you can go here.
I didn’t like this book as much as I liked Flynn’s other books, Sharp Objects and Gone Girl. In my opinion, those two books were phenomenal. Dark Places just took a lot longer to get going than the other two books. It was still just as creepy and disturbing—by the way, what exactly goes through Flynn’s mind? I wonder what her husband thinks of these stories.
I didn’t feel like I knew as much about the main character, Libby, as I did about the main characters of Flynn’s other books. Obviously I know what happened to her family and the mystery behind it, but I didn’t feel connected to her. In Flynn’s other books, I felt a strong love or hatred—usually hatred—towards the main characters. I just didn’t feel as invested in this one. With that said, the story was still excellent. I guess I just shouldn't compare it to her other books.
One thing that really struck me, was the concept of a Kill Club. At first I thought, oh boy, this is going to be some weird version of Fight Club. It really wasn’t at all. It was a group of murder mystery fanatics that have taken it upon themselves to seek justice and solve the crimes. It’s like maybe they’ve seen one too many detective TV shows.
I’ve said this about all of Flynn’s books and I’ll say it again—this is not a book for the weak-hearted. It is not a light summer read. It will make you feel uncomfortable, and possibly give you nightmares. I definitely need a fun book after this one. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
**** 4/5 Stars
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