Dark Places

Dark Places

Paperback - 2015
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After witnessing the murder of her mother and sisters, seven-year-old Libby Day testifies against her brother Ben, but twenty-five years later she tries to profit from her tragic history and admit that her story might not have been accurate.
Publisher: New York :, Broadway Books,, [2015]
Edition: First movie tie-in paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780553418484
Branch Call Number: FIC FLY
FIC FLY
Characteristics: 349 pages ; 21 cm

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jeana12
Aug 07, 2017

By far her best book! Way better than Gone Girl!

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JOAN METTAUER
Jul 20, 2017

I'm a Gillian Flynn fan (Gone Girl I LOVED!) , but I really didn't like this book. It was too creepy and made my stomach flip too many times. I never 'give up' once I start reading a book, though, and skimmed a lot of it until the end. I'm very disappointed in it.

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ryner
Jun 23, 2017

Libby Day has lived most of her miserable life with the knowledge that her teenage brother Ben murdered her mother and two sisters in their home when she was seven years old. Now in her early thirties -- unemployed, unfocused and nearly penniless -- she is contacted by a group of true crime enthusiasts who plant a seed of suspicion that cause her to doubt her memories of that tragic night and spark a desire to uncover the truth.

I think I actually enjoyed this more than two of Flynn's other works, 'Gone Girl' and 'Sharp Objects.' Though a bit violently graphic, it was a terrific vacation read.

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kwsmith
May 28, 2017

Let's be honest: Gillian Flynn has a very dark side. But if you like to read about horrible people doing horrible things, Gillian Flynn could be your new best friend. In this engaging mystery novel, a seven year old girl named Libby Day narrowly escapes death one night when her freakish Satan-worshiping brother massacres her entire family. Thirty years later, while her brother rots in jail, an emotionally damaged Libby struggles through her miserable adult life. The real mystery begins when Libby is forced to confront her own sketchy memories about what happened on that dark bloody night so many years ago.

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Soundreader
Feb 18, 2017

I read this after Gone Girl and I loved it. Completely different mystery but Flynn, once again shows how masterful she is at creating suspense and giving us description and details that make us feel that we are right next to the characters.

VaughanPLAlex Dec 14, 2016

I felt that this book was a little slow at times, but still very good. It kept me thinking "Did he do it?." I think I will watch the movie as well and compare which is better.

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aprilhansen1234
Sep 24, 2016

nope nope too gory for me

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Gevo
Aug 30, 2016

This was a fun read for the most part. It picked up quickly and has a steady rhythm to it as each chapter comes back to a different character's viewpoint, but not in a tedious way. The chapters go by quickly, so you're never left hanging for too long when each character's chapter leaves you with a cliffhanger. The end felt a bit contrived, though, and I thought it was a bit of a letdown after what was otherwise a captivating ride. I felt the same way reading Girl on a Train, too, but a lot of people loved the ending to that one, so go ahead and give Dark Places a try and decide for yourself. It's definitely a page turner, and despite the ending not being what I'd hoped for, it still didn't feel like a waste of time.

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rebmartin31
Jun 01, 2016

A completely broken, and therefore heartbreaking, protagonist, and a stunning, heartbreaking reveal. Flynn continues (even though this was written before Gone Girl, I read this after GG) to rise above and excel in this often worn-out genre. And that's say something, as I am normally not a fan of crime/mystery fiction.

CMLibrary_sfetzer May 17, 2016

Libby Day is running out of money. Twenty five years after surviving the massacre of her entire family by her brother, her survivor’s fund is officially drying up. She receives word of an opportunity to make some money by talking to a group who believes that Libby’s brother, Ben, is actually innocent of the killings. As Libby collects evidence and talks to witnesses in exchange for payments from the group, her own memories of the horrible night begin to resurface. Did Ben really kill their family? Gillian Flynn’s second novel takes the reader down a rabbit hole from which there is no return. Fans of Gone Girl should check out this earlier but equally exciting work by Flynn.

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Aug 24, 2015

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mvkramer Jan 06, 2016

Sexual Content: Some sex between 15-year-old Ben and his girlfriend is described in detail.

mvkramer Jan 06, 2016

Violence: A brutal murder forms the crux of this story, and it's described in detail a few times.

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