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Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn



Title: Dark Places
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 370

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Story Perspective: Alternating First-Person and Third-Person
Themes: Relationships, Family, Grief, Loss, Identity, Suicide, Truth, Secrets

Publication Date: May 5, 2009
Broadway Books



Libby Day had a traumatic childhood that has truly affected her day-to-day life. Her brother, Ben, was accused of murdering their mom and two sisters when Libby was just seven years old.

This is her journey and attempt in finding out the truth in hopes of restoring peace within herself.

my review

I really wanted to like this book. I really wanted to dive deep and be enveloped in Gillian Flynn’s world again (my first experience was Gone Girl). Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to enjoy this one, I didn’t…

At first, I really wanted to explore Libby’s depressed and lonely state. I thought this was a character I could sympathize with and really see how she would change and grow. However, I can’t say that I liked her all that much throughout the book.

Looking at the characters – there really wasn’t a single character that I connected to or was remotely relatable toward. For the most part, no one showed much character growth either, which was fairly disappointing.

Then, the plot was not only simple, but there were several moments of grossness that I’m not sure how those scenes added to the plot. Between animal killings, disembodied animal parts being left in places, and a truly despicable attempt to provide for one’s children, this story left a sore taste in my mouth.

I also did not appreciate the “on the run from a killer” in the synopsis since this was all about three-five pages toward the end of the book. It was extremely misleading.

In general, Dark Places was very disappointing. This is a book that I will not be keeping in my personal library at home.

I will say that since this was a book I read and discussed with a friend, it’s reassuring to learn that we had very similar opinions of Dark Places. 🙂

My Rating2 stars


I’m not going to recommend this book as I did not enjoy it myself.

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