BOOK REVIEW: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

August 5, 2014

in Books

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

One thing I love about Gilliam Flynn is she keeps you guessing. Gone Girl was smart. So smart. Sharp Objects was really creepy.

Dark Places is the best of both. It is creepy and smart. It keeps you on your toes. As with her other books, Flynn gives you what you need to figure out the mystery. But you won’t.

What separates Flynn apart from other mystery writers is not only the intelligence behind the plot, but the reality and uniqueness in her characters. Her brain belongs in the realm of Stephen King. That place where you don’t want to live, but enjoy visiting for a while because it’s so creepy.

The plot of the story is (no spoilers) girl survives family’s murder. Girl’s testimony convicts brother of murders. Girl grows up. Has issues. Lots and lots of issues. Girl tries to find out if brother really did it.

i was not a lovable child, and i’d grown into a deeply unlovable adult. draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.

The alternating points of view give you a look at the story from several different angles, which doesn’t make anything more clear.

If you like crime mysteries, this is a must read.

4stars

0 stars – terrible
1 star – skip it
2 stars – ok
3 stars – enjoyable
4 stars – amazing
5 stars – life changing

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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