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Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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Libby Day's family was brutally murdered when she was a child. The only survivors are Libby and her brother, Ben, who is currently in prison for the crime. 

Libby, now 31, has been living off her trust fund - funded by donations of those who were moved when hearing her story - since she was 18, but now the funds are gone. She is a month away from being completely broke.

In an act of serendipity, Libby receives a letter in the mail, offering to pay her to speak to a group. She accepts the offer and speaks to a "Kill Club", which is a group of folks completely fascinated with the slaughter. The group immediately starts interrogating her. They believe that Ben is innocent. 

Libby knows that Ben killed her family. He was the only person that fit, but she didn't see him commit the crime. 

Fueled by a need for peace and the money that the Kill Club is offering. She begins to trek through her past and interview all parties that may have been in any way involved in the death of her family.

The fantastic part of this is that Flynn has constructed the narrative to switch between current day Libby and her mother Patty's and Ben's actions on the day leading up to and of the murders. It's great because we as the audience can know that Ben is lying or her father is lying, but she doesn't know. She is experiencing first hand.

Gillian's publisher has released Dark Places and Sharp Objects to match the style of her book Gone Girl, so as if you need another reason to buy books... but if you want a matching set, they are available now. 

Amazing quote: 

"I was raised feral, and I mostly stayed that way."

Happy Reading!


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