Book Review: Dark Places @TheGillianFlynn @CrownPublishing #Suspense #Novel #Drama #GillianFlynn #DarkPlaces #5starbook

This is my first Gillian Flynn novel and will not be my last!  A co-worker lent me this novel and wow…what a suspenseful, chilling, twisty mystery!

I wasn’t sure who to believe at first.  The Kill Club or Libby.  Libby’s family (her mother and two sisters) had been murdered and her brother was convicted of the crime.  Was he really innocent though?  Libby had memories of hearing her brother and him shouting things as she ran out of the house to get away from everything going on.  The Kill Club had concocted a crazy theory about who killed her family…and it wasn’t her brother.

Let me back up a second.  So Libby Day has been living off of $321,374 which she inherited when she was 18 thanks to donations of people who felt bad for her surviving the Prairie Massacre of 1985.  She was able to make it 13 years before her financial adviser let her know she had nothing left.  This is where she finds out she can make some money by selling some of possessions and making appearances with The Kill Club.

The story is told through Libby, Patty (her mother), and Ben (her brother).  As Libby goes along and starts to talk more to The Kill Club, she realizes she doesn’t really know what happened that night.  Now she is on a journey to not only make money, but to get answers.  As Libby starts to do what The Kill Club asks her we get bits of pieces told to us of events leading up to that night by Ben and Patty.

This blew my mind.  I can’t say much more because then it would give the book away, and I would hate to ruin this one if you have not read it!  Just when you think you have the book figured out, it twists and turns, leaves you hanging, and then makes your jaw drop with what actually happened.  Wow.

5 stars.  I gobbled this up in 2 days because it was so intensely chilling and mind boggling.  There is no way you can see the twist coming and Gillian Flynn kinda scares me now, haha.  What a crazy imagination she has!  I can’t wait to read her other books!  Have you read this one?  What did you think?


Title: Dark Places

Author: Gillian Flynn

Genre(s): Literary Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Publisher: Broadway Books

Release Date: May 5, 2009

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon

Goodreads Monday: February 4th

Goodreads Monday comes courtesy once again of Lauren’s Page Turners.  Every Monday I will randomly pick a book on my Goodreads to read shelf and pair it with the cover image and Goodreads description.  This week I picked another favorite number of mine, 72, and went the book that was there.

Quick Goodreads Stats

342: To Read Shelf

62: Read Shelf

5: Read 2019 Shelf

My Pick This Week


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Released: September 26, 2006

Current Goodreads Rating: 3.95 stars (490,896 ratings, 36,605 reviews)

Goodreads Summary

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

My Thoughts

I have yet to read anything by Gillian Flynn and I always hear such positive things about her.  This summary has me hooked after the simple statement of “fresh from a brief stay at psych hospital.”  That right there has my interest peaked!


It is still $9.99 on the Kindle.  This may be a book I get if I see it at a thrift store.  It is not offered in a hardcover and I much prefer reading hardcover over paperback and will typically just go for it on the Kindle then.  If it goes on a flash sale for the Kindle, consider it part of my library from that point on!  What do you think of Gillian Flynn?