• Mansha Anand

It's Lit | Dark Places

When I realized that Gillian Flynn, the author of this novel, is also the writer of Gone Girl, I hesitated and considered putting the book back on the shelf. I didn't read Gone Girl but I have seen the movie a few times and bought the book sometime thereafter. After getting through the first couple of chapters I decided it was sooo much creepier reading the plot than it had been watching it unfold on a screen; so I haven't touched the book since. Cue, the hesitation when it came to buying Dark Places. In the end, I decided to purchase the novel because the blurb is so intriguing and I didn't think it was possible for it to be darker than the plot of Gone Girl; I was wrong. I despise anything scary, whether it's a movie, book, or theme parks' Halloween night, so much so that all three have at one point scared me to tears. Anyway, even though Gone Girl was dark and twisted, the mystery of it made it much less haunting and that much more thrilling. So if you loved watching (or reading) Gone Girl and love a psychological mystery thriller, you will definitely enjoy Flynn's Dark Places.

Tbh, I think Dark Places is one of my favorite books out of those I read this year and that's saying something if it's coming from me aka the girl who still checks for intruders under her bed and in her closet at night. It took me 2 days to finish the book because I HAD to know who did the good, the bad and the ugly.

A quick summary of the story minus the spoilers (you're welcome) - Libby Day is the survivor of a family massacre that killed her two sisters and her mother in the most brutal way. Oh, and it was the brother who did it. Think, blood everywhere, disfigured women and satanic symbols on the walls; all witnessed by a 7-year old Libby. Fast-forwarded 25 years and Libby has been tracked down by a weirdo secret group called "The Kill Club" made up of people obsessed with murders, such as that of Libby's family. Plot twist number one (of many), "The Kill Club" believes Libby's brother Ben, is innocent and wants Libby to track down all the past players to find out more about what really happened that night. The novel switches from present day to the past, as well as telling the story from the point of view of different characters. Flynn's twisted genius allows the reader to see how perspective is everything, giving only a few bits of information at a time, and letting the reader make up their own theories about what happened on that horrible January day.

I promise you that this is a novel you won't want to put down. If you're looking for a guilty read for pure pleasure, this is it! Beware though, Flynn will have you believing that everyone you know, is a liar.

Rating: ⋆⋆⋆

Happy reading! (or maybe not in this case)

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