Dark Places: A Novel by Gillian FlynnDark Places: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places: A Novel

byGillian Flynn

Paperback | May 4, 2010

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl, and the basis for the major motion picture starring Charlize Theron

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben.

Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

Praise for Dark Places

“[A] nerve-fraying thriller.”The New York Times

“Flynn’s well-paced story deftly shows the fallibility of memory and the lies a child tells herself to get through a trauma.”The New Yorker

“Gillian Flynn coolly demolished the notion that little girls are made of sugar and spice in Sharp Objects, her sensuous and chilling first thriller. In Dark Places, her equally sensuous and chilling follow-up, Flynn . . . has conjured up a whole new crew of feral and troubled young females. . . . [A] propulsive and twisty mystery.”Entertainment Weekly

“Flynn follows her deliciously creepy Sharp Objects with another dark tale . . . The story, alternating between the 1985 murders and the present, has a tense momentum that works beautifully. And when the truth emerges, it’s so macabre not even twisted little Libby Day could see it coming.”People (4 stars)

“Crackles with peevish energy and corrosive wit.” —Dallas Morning News

“A riveting tale of true horror by a writer who has all the gifts to pull it off.”Chicago Tribune

"It's Flynn's gift that she can make a caustic, self-loathing, unpleasant protagonist someone you come to root for.”New York Magazine

“[A] gripping thriller.”—Cosmopolitan

"Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre.”—Stephen King
GILLIAN FLYNN is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl, and the New York Times bestsellers Dark Places and Sharp Objects. A former writer and critic for Entertainment Weekly, she lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
Title:Dark Places: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:368 pages, 8.02 × 5.15 × 0.74 inShipping dimensions:8.02 × 5.15 × 0.74 inPublished:May 4, 2010Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307341577

ISBN - 13:9780307341570


Rated 3 out of 5 by from An okay book It took me months to finish this because I just couldn't get into it. It wasn't until the last 70 pages or so that I actually started enjoying. Despite that, it is definitely a story that makes you question what happened.
Date published: 2018-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark is right Dark Places definitely has a more twisted and uncomfortable subject matter than Gone Girl, and it might be too gross for some readers. However, Gillian Flynn is witty and talented to say the least. A master of the plot twist, she lays out all the clues for you along the way, so that when you look back at the novel with hindsight, you wonder how you didn't guess it to begin with. She knows how to perfectly pace the story to build suspense, and how to craft characters that are entirely unlikable yet oddly understandable. I also really enjoyed the jumps in perspective and time. Can't wait to read Sharp Objects now. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dark and depressing While I enjoyed reading this book and wanted to see how it all came together in the end, it also made me feel uneasy. A bit dark and depressing really.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! I really enjoyed the story. It was dark and surprising as all Gillian Flynn stories seem to be. I love the fact that I keep getting surprised and can't guess the end from the beginning. It's refreshing. The atmosphere and characters are dark and engaging. It's worth reading again and again!
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling I did not like the characters throughout the most of this book and was kind of annoyed. However, the last part when everything unraveled quickly and unexpectedly, made this book one of my favorites
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down I really enjoyed the author's writing style, I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. Dark Places has a good blend of humor to offset some of the more heavy subject matter in the story line. I both liked & disliked Libby as the lead character which is what was intended (she's not a very good person). Overall, an enjoyable easy read that's easy to get caught up in.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book This book narrates the story by switching from character to character. I loved the twist in tale and must read for people interested in thrillers
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really Dark I'm usually okay with dark plotted books, but I definitely had to put this one down a few times. Although I liked it better than Sharp Objects, the story dragged more and that ending...
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read The book got me hooked right from the beginning. I love the different points of view in the novel, really gives you different outlooks on certain scenes that happened and keeps you guessing until the end. A little slow in some parts but it still has the dark suspenseful feeling throughout.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Another well written book by Gillian Flynn. Unexpected twists and turns throughout the novel.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not up to my expectations *dabs* I have high hopes for this book because of the huge success that was gone girl but this but this book had a very slow lead up and then the end was not as climactic as I hoped it would be. The ending still f's me up a little bit though....
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this one Dark and twisted, but kept my attention - so badly that I didn't want to go to bed (I wanted to keep reading it until I had to go to work the next morning).
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! Dark, twisted and keeps you hooked!
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Success In love with this author and how dark and twisted her mind works! Enter a world where everything is not sunshine and roses and how to overcome the darkest moments in life! Didn't disappoint!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark and twisty This was a sad, creepy novel (in a good way). It was incredibly engrossing although the main character (Libby) was somewhat unlikeable.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I really liked Dark Places. The story was fast paced both heartbreaking and confounding. I liked Dark Places more than Flynn's Gone Girl.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twisted good! Another winner from Gillian Flynn
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Really enjoyed this book, the ending was amazing! It started off slow in the beginning but definitely redeemed itself.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Really enjoyed reading this book. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Dark and mysterious. I found it to be an interesting read. Some parts were a little gory to read.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gillian Flynn Super Fan Gillian Flynn is my favourite author. And no, not because of Gone Girl. But because of her amazing ability to write without fear. This book is no exception. Flynn takes you on a dark and twisted ride. This book will give you the creeps, make you feel uncomfortable and keep you thinking. It was impossible to put down. I absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from STRONGLY RECOMMEND It started out a bit slow, however I believe it start to explain the circumstances of the storyline. I couldnt put it down!!! READ IT
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the best I like how twisted Gillian Flynn novels can be, but they tend to leave me with a 'meh' feeling toward the end. Don't get me wrong, the plot is as messed up as Gone Girl, with gory pieces of evidence coming about in every chapter. Her writing is definitely addictive, but it seems that the mystery is resolved so quickly and briefly in the last few pages of the book, where I would've wanted more of an explanation. Still a solid read!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Gillian Flynn Novel My favourite Gillian Flynn novel to date! As with each of her books the characters are not the easiest to love but the writing keeps you reading and wanting more. Just when you think you've figured out the ending, another twist is thrown in to keep you guessing. If you enjoy thrillers you will not be disappointed with this book.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Started strong ended slow I have wanted to love Gillian Flynn's other novels since reading, "Gone Girl". But none of them have had the same effect. This book was very captivating and well written, the first half of the book was very strong. But by the end some things did fall apart and did not hold my attention as the first half did.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow great book. Lots of suspense.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's been a while since I read it but... I read this book in one sitting. Admittedly, I can be an impatient person, so I felt a strong need to know what exactly happened to Libby's family all those years ago. I also love a good cult angle. It was really fun to uncover the truth with Libby, even if the truth was quite dark and sad. A note: there is some graphic animal cruelty at one point in the later half of the novel, so be careful if you don't enjoy reading such things (it was awful).
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good not great I love all of Gillian Flynn's novels, but this would have to be my least favorite. I was had not seen the ending coming however, and I had no problem getting through this book in a couple days.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surpasses Gone Girl! If you liked Gone Girl then you will definitely enjoy her other two novels MUCH MUCH more! This one and Sharp Objects are by far my favourites and she needs to write faster... I want more books from her.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Than Gone Girl It captivates you from the very beginning. Fantastic writing.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Gillian Flynn Book This is hands down my favorite Gillian Flynn book. The characters are disturbing and flawed but you root for them anyway. The protagonists are at times very unlikable but you still hope that everything turns out ok for them. This story shows how a couple of bad decisions can have horrific outcomes.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A dark, twisted, story that keeps you guessing.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gillian Does It Again I have now most of Gillian Flynns books. They are all amazing. sometimes i tend to spoil things for myself with these books and can guess what happens but everytime i am always thrown off by the ending! all of her books take a good turn for a twist that you never see coming!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It was engaging and surprising but it wasn't her best work.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good! I loved the writing style and the characterization so much--Gillian Flynn is a fantastic author! And I was so hooked by the mystery right away, I just flew through this book.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I love this book so much! It was just perfect in every way. I love Gillian Flynn's writing and all her crazy twists. I personally liked this book the best out of all the 3 she's written. If you enjoy dark mysteries, you'll like this one
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best mystery i've read! i pulled an allnighter reading this book. it kept me on the edge of my seat! the characters are flawed and relatable, the transitions between past and present make a mystery even more suspenseful, and i never saw the end coming. great read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected Love the work of Gillian Flynn and this book definitely was her style. Great writing and fantastic story that'll get you hooked!
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOOO good ! Loved this book, very unique story line. Kept me guessing throughout, never would have expected it to end the way it did!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was okay I can't say I found it a "page-turner" but there were some unexpected things that came up. I was hoping it would be fast paced but at some points, it was quite dragging. So for readers - who like slow and dark suspense then it is a good book
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from unexpected the ending was really unexpected. i thought gone girl was twisted but dark places is YES SO MUCH darker. i loved/hated libby day's character. it is just sad how poor people are degraded because of their social status. besides being dark, there are some parts of the book that are touching.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little too dark Although the plot line itself is very good, I found the darker portions of it to be to satanic for the read to be a pleasure.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INCREDIBLE! I LOVE GILLIAN FLYNN! This book was thrilling! Kept you on the edge of your chair, couldn't put it down till it was done!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As Promised by the Title This story was sad, sick, twisted and heartbreaking. I loved it. It was hard to warm up to the main character, but once you start to understand where she's coming from, it makes sense. Did not figure out the end, it was a windy, creepy path to get there and totally worth it when I arrived. Could not put this down, highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Never read anything quite like this one, the story is mysterious and the ending unexpected. Although the main character (Libby Day) is difficult to grow attached to because of her personality, in the end, you want to find out just as badly as Libby, what happened so long ago. I would definitely recommend this novel.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspense! Very dark book that looks back at a murder and pieces together all the secrets each family member had that played into the murder
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dark A really dark story, I found it a bit slow at times but near the end I couldn't put it down to find out what happens.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Page Turner This book is a spooky page turner - I read it just after I moved into an old farmhouse by myself. Maybe not the best time to read it! Flynn develops her usual somewhat unlikable protagonist and throws in the expected twists at the end. I enjoyed the setting immensely and the secondary characters. Recommended for fans of thrillers! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original I loved it. I have read other books by Gillian Flynn and loved them. This was no different. It was an engaging story about a murder case that is not what it seems. The author is very descriptive with events and characters and you could picture yourself there. It was a quick and easy read, which also makes for a good book.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! If you loved Gone Girl, you will absolutely love this book #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great page-turner If you liked Gone Girl, then you will definitely like this book. I'm surprised they haven't made it as big as Gone Girl did, actually. Spooky and keeps you very engaged!
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page-turner Pretty good mystery/thriller. Not as psychological as Gone Girl but still well written and engaging.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh After having read Gillian Flynn's other 2 books, this was definitely disappointing. Gillian Flynn is my favourite author but this book was just okay. The ending was underwhelming and the book all in all wasn't the best.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Its sad and dark and I couldn't put it down! You will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark and Mysterious This book just keeps on making you want more. Couldn't put it down until the end. It's dark, and quite sad, but great read!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Love Gillian Flynn! Cannot wait till she writes more books!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling to the last second First book I read by Flynn, which led me into her others. Couldn't be happier! This book switches perspectives throughout chapters, always keeping you on the edge of your seat. The characters are so well developed, the story is so well written. You cant guess the twist til the last page.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This is my favourite Gillian Flynn book! I've read all other others and enjoyed them as well, but this one pulled me in the most.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly a dark tale Probably one of the most graphic murder stories I have read, although I typically don't read thrillers. I finished the book within a few days as I found it hard to put down, but also difficult to sleep after some of the more gory descriptions. Beware!
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read good read .. ending was a bit disappointing, but nonetheless I recommend
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing This author is just amazing! Cannot wait till she writes other books
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very dark but very good. This being my second Gillian Flynn novel, I was definitely much more satisfied than I had been after reading Gone Girl. This book was a bit faster paced, a ton of mystery in the form of millions of bread crumbs being dropped everywhere to have your mind struggling to piece it all together while your heart rate slowly rises with the looming suspense and ultimately preparing you for a big, big bit of suspense to come later. I really noticed <i>and loved,</i> Gillian Flynn's ability to carry out the mystery. She did it perfectly with this novel in my opinion. With the altering points of view the chapters and events seemed to be carefully structured which worked amazingly well! I didn't like the overwhelming violence towards animals and I never do in books or films but this novel was too well done otherwise so it did not make me lower my rating at all. And it did add to the dark unsettling context of the story. There's a lot of unsettling and stomach-queasy things in this novel so any future readers are to be aware of that but still, it was a really good, suspenseful, mysterious story and perfectly written. Definitely recommend for anyone who wants a good and crazy mystery!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Nothing is as simple as it seems.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dark, Creepy Read Gillian Flynn can do no wrong. I love the suspense of her writing. Another page turner!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark,creepy and quite a bit disturbing! I love Gillian Flynn and I loved this as well. I thought I had this book figured out many time throughout the read but it had me changing courses throughout. It's not as intelectual as Gone Girl but it's certainly still suspensful and a real thriller.I really enjoyed it and wish she had more!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! DARK!!.. I bought all three of Gillian Flynn books.. Amazing!! i highly suggest everyone to read them.. you WONT! be disappointed :)
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark This was a good read. I found it better than Gone Girls. It was a page turner. It was dark and a bit scary.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark places A good dark suspense book. I could not put the book down.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrifying Intense, suspenseful, and addictive. Just like her other novels, I had to know what was going to happen. Scared out of my wits, but really satisfying to finish.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worse out of the Three A let down from the other two. I started to suspect the twist about halfway through and was waiting to see myself proven wrong like I was in Sharp Objects (I already spoiled myself for Gone Girl). So when the end came and I saw that I was right it was kind of a let down. Her mom having a hit put out on her kind of came from nowhere and felt cheap. No properly explored enough so it didn't emotionally resonate. And then the brother - he deserved to be in jail. He watched his girlfriend kill his sister and did nothing and then the thing with the girl who liked him. Yeah if a little girl kisses you and then you jerk off yeah that's iffy. I didn't like the main either. I usually don't but I felt even more meh about this one. And the ending came out of nowhere just kind of talking about the farm. The last part with her meeting her niece and the repeating of that night circumstances should have been done better. The comparisons were off and it didn't sit well with me. In any case it was the worse of the Gillian Flynn books but still better than most ones.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than Gone Girl I thought this was well put together and the story was well written, much better than Gone Girl as it keeps you guessing and doesnt become too predictable or desperate to shock.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting! I first picked up this book, a bit skeptical of Flynn's writing because I had heard mixed reviews form people I know, but once I got into this book, I just couldn't stop reading it. Although it was detailed and dark, I couldn't tear my eyes away from the pages.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read Not my favorite from Flynn, but still quite enjoyable to read. It was a bit more grotesque than her other books, but it had the same page-turning and thrilling style of writing where you just need to know what happens next.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it I really enjoyed this, but admittedly it is VERY dark
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark Dark but very intriguing. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark! An extremely suspenseful read, but also extremely dark!
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gillian Flynn has done it again! AMAZING read, kept me tuned in till the very end- she is just a fabulous author!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gasp Worthy! This book made me gasp. It's so good -- a well-paced page-turner, beautifully wrought. I literally couldn't put it down for longer than a couple hours at a time once I picked it up.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to put down Really good so hard to put down.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great author and novel! I discovered her after reading "Gone Girl" and she does not disappoint!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark I have no clue how Gillian Flynn managed to take multiple, competing plots and somehow converge them into one moment of closure. And yet, here we are. None of the characters are likeable, or worthy of any sort of emulation. But there are some really wonderful moments of forgiveness that shine a light in an otherwise overwhelmingly dark novel.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book Another great book by Gillian Flynn. A real page turner, well written that leaves you trying to figure it out right to the end.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Story I have now read all three of Gillian Flynn's book and can safely say that Dark Places was BY FAR my favourite of the three. I really liked Gone Girl but WOW, did Dark Places ever take the cake. It's not very often that I can sit here and tell you that a thriller/suspense book (a "Who Done It") leaves me hanging to the very last minute but this one did... and then some. It really wasn't until the last chapter that the whole story came together. I also loved how there were two timelines for the story... current and past... and that the past went in chronological order leading up to the time of the murders. BRILLIANT writing!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it but it is sad. This book was enjoyable to read as a mystery but it did tug on the heart strings. Would recommend to read but don't watch the movie! The book is 100000 times better.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read #plumreview Not as good as Gone Girl but a very good read.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dark Places The book seemed very predictable and a little all over the place. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't Gillian Flynn's best. Still a good, quick read.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 stars If you like dark, twisty, unpredictable reads, then you've come to the right place. You might start here, but don't stop--Flynn's books are all incredible and I'd recommend them all.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeds Gone Girl The hype around Gone Girl led me to read a few of her other novels, and i was very pleasantly surprised. Gripping and at time painfully terrifying, Flynn spins an unforgettable mystery!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Very well written book. It was very suspenseful and kept me entertained throughout. It was a dark and emotional story, although the characters bothered me a bit at times.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deliciously Dark I like that this book flipped from past to pressent. Kept you guessing the whole way through.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sticks with you Dark, sharp writing, intriguing story.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! This was the first Gillian Flynn novel I had read (no, not even Gone Girl) and it was amazing. The suspense escalated as the novel progressed and the ending was great and not expected! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Engaging Read I did enjoy this novel although I enjoyed Sharp Objects more. I found the plot engaging and the mystery was suspenseful.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty OK Dark Places was OK, although I wasn't as immersed in the characters and the story as I would have liked. But the story was engaging enough and it was an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best this book BY FAR is one of my most favourite books. It keeps you on your feet the entire way through!!!!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! I love all of Gillian Flynn's books. She is one of my favorite authors!! I love the way this story has been crafted. How Gillian has taken us from past to present, character to character. The story is dark, sad, twisted & AMAZING! It leaves you guessing & wanting more!! The movie was pretty great too!
Date published: 2016-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive Read It's hard for me to get invested in a good book and as soon as I picked this one up I couldn't put it down. I loved the gritty and dark atmosphere and the story was incredible.
Date published: 2016-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark Places The characters are flawed and complex. I like the way the story unfolds and it builds to draw the reader deeper and deeper into the life of Libby Day.
Date published: 2016-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I read this recently and loved it. Gillian Flynn is a talented writer. It's a "who done it" kind of book, with lots of unexpected twists. You can identify with both main characters in this book! Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-01-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A very slow read.... I found the story line was a bit too slow for things to start happening and I had a hard time finishing the book (but I eventually did). There were many unnecessary dialogues between characters that did not help in building the story. There were parts that gave me a rush of excitement, but the author took too many twists and turns to get to the story. A bit frustrating to read and the ending could be better.
Date published: 2015-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read, a touch predictable Just finished this book, very well done and an interesting read right from the start - I found the ending a little predictable and rushed but this is worth checking out!
Date published: 2015-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bleh Sharp Objects and Gone Girl were much bette books. Didn't care for the characters and the over all mystery didn't keep me dying to know the truth.
Date published: 2015-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Place Excellent! Can't put down until done as each chapter draws you deeper & deeper into the mystery....
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting "Dark Places" reads like a script for a box-office smash of a thriller. Would have been my pick over "Gone Girl" for Flynn's film debut.
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A slow read for me This wasn't the best book I've read. I found it very slow with lots of jumping between past and present. Three quarters of the way through it became the page-turner I love, and all the past and present finally gelled. It was a frustrating read, for me anyway, until closer to the end.
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this This is the first book that I have read by Gillian Flynn. I enjoyed it and can't wait to read sharp objects and well her book, gone girl. I've seen the movie and we all know that the books are usually better than the movie. the book kept my interest pretty much till the end. The last hundred pages kinda dragged and could have summed up the story before, But the rest of the book was so good that you can forgive the last 100 pages. Gillian Flynn has made me want to read again. I stopped for a few years. Just lost interest, after reading so many books and losing interest. It says a lot when I finish a book till the end. I lose interest very easy. Looking forward to many more books to come from Gillian Flynn
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling I am a big fan of thrillers (books and movies included) and am always looking for something that will actually scare me. I was pleasently surprised by this book and had a hard time putting it down. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good thriller!
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner! I loved this book! Ending was definitely not what I expected and it keeps you guessing and making your own scenarios in your head at all times. If you liked Gone Girl, I recommend reading Dark Places. Gillian Flynn, you rock!
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty satisfying Unlike Gone Girl, which ends abruptly and feels like justice had been torn into pieces, Dark Places brings you to a wild goose chase of memories, lies and murder suspects and ultimately leaves you (at least somewhat) satisfied with the outcome. Gillian Flynn enthralls us in the same POV writing style that captured our interest in Gone Girl. I highly recommend this book for murder mystery enthusiasts and fans of Gone Girl.
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark places A well described page turner. You can smell the smells and feel the same paths of the characters. I actually enjoyed this book more than Gone Girl.
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Second time Enjoyed as much as first time. Read it the second time while sufering from a bad back. It worked to keep my mind off my back,
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldn't put it down! Fantastic read. The author takes you seamlessly between the main characters past and present. Gritty, violent, and well written.
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspense So much to pay attention to! Gilian Flynn realy captured the emotions of every character in the book. She always comes up wth the best twists that throw me everytime! You do not expect anything that comes your way. Beautifully written and a susenseful but heartbreakingly amzing read.
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark Places Good book!! It was suspenseful and you understood everything at the end. I didn't like the ending in her book Gone Girl, but this book has a much better ending. Very enjoyable read.
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow to start Sure its slow to start but good luck putting it down once you are 20 or 30 pages in. Great pace and even better ending
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark and capturing This book captured my attention, in typical Gillian Flynn style. Dark places is twisted and suspenseful, stomach churning, but exciting.
Date published: 2015-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark but amazing This was the first Gillian Flynn book that I ever read! But even though the content was very dark, I was amazed by her style of writing! Even if you wanted to kick and feel bad for the main character throughout! Definitely a good read though! I recommend you read this, and gone girl! Sharp objects is next for me!
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark places Loved this book! Like all of Gillian Flynn's novels, it keeps you guessing right till the very end. Definitely recommend this one.
Date published: 2014-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great thriller started reading this book and at first it came off as being a little boring but has i got into the story it was a really good read. its easy to dislike libby and then within a next instance being able to sympathize with her, this is a really good read not as great as Gone Girl however.... can't wait to read Sharp Objects.
Date published: 2014-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the characters stayed with me I decided to buy the CD after seeing the movie "Gone Girl". My husband and I were heading to Ottawa and I thought it would be nice to listen to this novel instead of the radio for once. So glad I did. Loved it! Yes it is a little dark but loved it anyway. I look forward to more.
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner Once I got into the story I couldn't put the book down. It had you guessing all along the way what happened and who might be involved in something so horrific. A must read :)
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent New Author!!! I read this book because of Gone Girl. I found this book even better than gone girl. The story line was not predictable. I loved this book because you could just get lost in the story. The book was well written. Flynn has an excellent knack of conceptualizing human nature and behaviors.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good read I couldn't put the book down. It captivated me from the beginning. Well done!
Date published: 2014-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark and Sad but a good read The book is dark and sad but a good read overall, I did n't think as good as her other books but still enjoyable.
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dark places indeed I loved Glynn's Sharp Objects and Gone Girl but was a bit disappointed in this one. I really didn't like Libby as a person but realize that her personality was flawed partly because of her history. There were several unsavory characters in Dark Places! I lent my copy to a friend and avid reader who returned it after the first couple of chapters as she found it depressing. I am glad I read it all but didn't love it.
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling! Not scary, but a great mystery. The characters are realistic and surprising.
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad but great! This was my first time reading a Gillian Flynn novel and I'm glad I did! The characters are well developed and the storyline is quite good. You relive the pain of the characters while learning the tragic truth of what happened to this family. A little gory at times, but still a great page turner!
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Places Enjoyed this book, liked Gone Girl more but still really found it a great book!
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thinker!! This book was amazing just like Gone Girl! This book kept me thinking the whole time. When I thought I had it figured out they through something totally out of nowhere at you and make you rethink everything! It was written very well and I look forward to reading more books for Gillian Flynn
Date published: 2014-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So, So Good Not only did I love this book but when I suggested it to my German friend (I'm canadian) she loved it too. READ THIS you will not be sorry.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD She's a brilliant author. Also, chapters is very affordable and the shipping was fast. I'm always happy with their services.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I decided to read this after being blown away by Gone Girl, and Dark Places did not disappoint! I had a hard time putting this book down. Highly recommended!!
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazingly haunting I bought this book a while ago and it did not disappoint.  It is a haunting story and the main character relives the tragedy over and over again in order to come to terms with it and discover the truth. 
Date published: 2014-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed Was expecting a great read but ended up being disappointed. 
Date published: 2014-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique page turner Thrilling page tuner that is well written from three perspectives and as feely moving as it is deeply disturbing! I could not put it down and I wanted to finish it desperately once I had picked it up. Much better than her third and first novels! 
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a very dark and sad story about a depressed and lonely siblings. 2 protagonists Ben (oldest) and Libby (youngest). Chapters switched narrator between Ben, Libby and Patty (mom). Themes: Extremely down on their luck family, poverty, teenage, emotions, misunderstandings, explicit sexual content (involving minors), devil worship, alcoholism, murder, money, drugs, animal torture, gore. Pros: - good story, moves smoothly - likeable characters - a good whodunnit story and what actually happened? - povs not over detailed, straight to point Cons: - animal torture - underage sex and sexuality - was hoping for a better twist (read Gone Girl first and expectations were high) Flynn is a great writer on disturbed stories and characters. This is the second book I read of hers and it is disturbing. She can take any happy go lucky cheery reader to an extremely dark place. We really are our own worst enemy. I gave it a 3/5 because I extremely dislike animal torture, but it paints a picture of what is actually going on and how messed up these people are.
Date published: 2013-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Places is Most Definately a Dark Read! Extremely dark fiction seems to be making a ressurgence with authors like Flynn, Haynes and Watson. I love the real-life, dark portrayals of some of the twisted events that life can throw our way. I think this novel was much better than Flynn's most recent one "Gone Girl", but it definately has the darkness and twists that "Gone Girl" gave us. Highly recommended to lovers of dark fiction.
Date published: 2013-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Check out this earlier book by Flynn Libby Day is a survivor. She’s survived a drunken, dead-beat father, Runner, extreme poverty, and the horrific massacre of her mother, Patty, and two older sisters, Michelle and Debby. Well, maybe to call her a survivor is a stretch because Libby is reclusive and mean. She says it hersel fat the beginning of Gillian Flynn’s terrific novel, Dark Places. "I have a meaness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you can stomp on it. It’s the Day blood. Something’s wrong with it. I was never a good little girl, and I got worse after the murders." Ah, yes, the murders. For the past 24 years Libby’s older brother, Ben, has languised in prison for the crime. He was 15 when he is alledged to have killed his mother and younger sisters. Libby has never once visited him partly, perhaps, because it was her testimony that sent him there. She was seven at the time. Now, at 30, Libby is alone, broke and desperate. That’s how she comes to accept The Kill Club’s offer. Lyle, one of the Kill Club’s members, reaches out to Libby and makes her a propostion. If she’s willing to come to a meeting and talk about the case, they’ll pay her $500. That original deal morphs into something more and suddenly Libby is revisiting the night that changed her life forever. Gillian Flynn (right) is a new-to-me writer although everyone and their dog has likely heard about her by now due to her recent novel, Gone Girl. She started her writing career as a journalist and was the TV critic for Entertainment Weekly for a decade before turning her hand to fiction. She’s beautiful. And scary. And it just occurred to me that her writing reminds me of one of my all-time favourite writers, Lisa Reardon. Her writing is fearless…and fear-inducing. Dark Places unspools the Day murders in two ways: as Libby digs for the truth and as the events of the day unravel. For this, we spend time with Patty and Ben. Patty is a sympathetic character, a mom who loves her children and tries to care for them, but whose dwindling emotional and financial resources make it nearly impossible. Ben, on the other hand, is a fifteen-year-old boy in a house full of women. He’s desperately searching for a place to belong and an outlet for the anger which bubbles inside him. Flynn skilfully weaves the threads of this story together offering the reader equal measures of horror and heartbreak. I couldn’t put the book down – that’s just about the highest praise I can give a book.
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Before the wildly popular "Gone Girl" there was "Dark Places". Flynn takes us on a thrill ride with loads of suspense and a page turning plot. Graphic and intense at times you can't help but get emotional for this poor dysfunctional family, the struggles they endure and the mystery of the horrific family murders that affect surviving siblings Ben and Libby. Gillian Flynn is a great storyteller.
Date published: 2012-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Something a Little Different I liked this book. It was good. Not my top ten, but I really enjoyed the mystery in the novel. And for once, something a little dark was interesting.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kept me guessing! I enjoyed this book a lot. I will definitely check out her first book now that I have finished this one. I liked that I kept guessing who the murderer was, but just never guessed right, great book!
Date published: 2011-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from VERY GOOD not for the faint at heart-but excellent-the characters are flawed and this makes for a great read-grips you from the start
Date published: 2010-04-21

Read from the Book

Libby DayNowI have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it. It’s the Day blood. Something’s wrong with it. I was never a good little girl, and I got worse after the murders. Little Orphan Libby grew up sullen and boneless, shuffled around a group of lesser relatives—second cousins and great-aunts and friends of friends—stuck in a series of mobile homes or rotting ranch houses all across Kansas. Me going to school in my dead sisters’ hand-me-downs: Shirts with mustardy armpits. Pants with baggy bottoms, comically loose, held on with a raggedy belt cinched to the farthest hole. In class photos my hair was always crooked—barrettes hanging loosely from strands, as if they were airborne objects caught in the tangles—and I always had bulging pockets under my eyes, drunk-landlady eyes. Maybe a grudging curve of the lips where a smile should be. Maybe.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.It was miserable, wet-bone March and I was lying in bed thinking about killing myself, a hobby of mine. Indulgent afternoon daydreaming: A shotgun, my mouth, a bang and my head jerking once, twice, blood on the wall. Spatter, splatter. “Did she want to be buried or cremated?” people would ask. “Who should come to the funeral?” And no one would know. The people, whoever they were, would just look at each other’s shoes or shoulders until the silence settled in and then someone would put on a pot of coffee, briskly and with a fair amount of clatter. Coffee goes great with sudden death.I pushed a foot out from under my sheets, but couldn’t bring myself to connect it to the floor. I am, I guess, depressed. I guess I’ve been depressed for about twenty-four years. I can feel a better version of me somewhere in there—hidden behind a liver or attached to a bit of spleen within my stunted, childish body—a Libby that’s telling me to get up, do something, grow up, move on. But the meanness usually wins out. My brother slaughtered my family when I was seven. My mom, two sisters, gone: bang bang, chop chop, choke choke. I didn’t really have to do anything after that, nothing was expected.I inherited $321,374 when I turned eighteen, the result of all those well-wishers who’d read about my sad story, do-gooders whose hearts had gone out to me. Whenever I hear that phrase, and I hear it a lot, I picture juicy doodle-hearts, complete with bird-wings, flapping toward one of my many crap-ass childhood homes, my little-girl self at the window, waving and grabbing each bright heart, green cash sprinkling down on me, thanks, thanks a ton! When I was still a kid, the donations were placed in a conservatively managed bank account, which, back in the day, saw a jump about every three–four years, when some magazine or news station ran an update on me. Little Libby’s Brand New Day: The Lone Survivor of the Prairie Massacre Turns a Bittersweet 10. (Me in scruffy pigtails on the possum-pissed lawn outside my Aunt Diane’s trailer. Diane’s thick tree-calves, exposed by a rare skirt, planted on the trailer steps behind me.) Brave Baby Day’s Sweet 16! (Me, still miniature, my face aglow with birthday candles, my shirt too tight over breasts that had gone D-cup that year, comic-book sized on my tiny frame, ridiculous, porny.)I’d lived off that cash for more than thirteen years, but it was almost gone. I had a meeting that afternoon to determine exactly how gone. Once a year the man who managed the money, an unblinking, pink-cheeked banker named Jim Jeffreys, insisted on taking me to lunch, a “checkup,” he called it. We’d eat something in the twenty-dollar range and talk about my life—he’d known me since I was this-high, after all, heheh. As for me, I knew almost nothing about Jim Jeffreys, and never asked, viewing the appointments always from the same kid’s-eye view: Be polite, but barely, and get it over with. Single-word answers, tired sighs. (The one thing I suspected about Jim Jeffreys was that he must be Christian, churchy—he had the patience and optimism of someone who thought Jesus was watching.) I wasn’t due for a “checkup” for another eight or nine months, but Jim Jeffreys had nagged, leaving phone messages in a serious, hushed voice, saying he’d done all he could to extend the “life of the fund,” but it was time to think about “next steps.”And here again came the meanness: I immediately thought about that other little tabloid girl, Jamie Something, who’d lost her family the same year—1985. She’d had part of her face burned off in a fire her dad set that killed everyone else in her family. Any time I hit the ATM, I think of that Jamie girl, and how if she hadn’t stolen my thunder, I’d have twice as much money. That Jamie Whatever was out at some mall with my cash, buying fancy handbags and jewelry and buttery department-store makeup to smooth onto her shiny, scarred face. Which was a horrible thing to think, of course. I at least knew that.Finally, finally, finally I pulled myself out of bed with a stage- effect groan and wandered to the front of my house. I rent a small brick bungalow within a loop of other small brick bungalows, all of which squat on a massive bluff overlooking the former stockyards of Kansas City. Kansas City, Missouri, not Kansas City, Kansas. There’s a difference.My neighborhood doesn’t even have a name, it’s so forgotten. It’s called Over There That Way. A weird, subprime area, full of dead ends and dog crap. The other bungalows are packed with old people who’ve lived in them since they were built. The old people sit, gray and pudding-like, behind screen windows, peering out at all hours. Sometimes they walk to their cars on careful elderly tiptoes that make me feel guilty, like I should go help. But they wouldn’t like that. They are not friendly old people—they are tight-lipped, pissed-off old people who do not appreciate me being their neighbor, this new person. The whole area hums with their disapproval. So there’s the noise of their disdain and there’s the skinny red dog two doors down who barks all day and howls all night, the constant background noise you don’t realize is driving you crazy until it stops, just a few blessed moments, and then starts up again. The neighborhood’s only cheerful sound I usually sleep through: the morning coos of toddlers. A troop of them, round-faced and multilayered, walk to some daycare hidden even farther in the rat’s nest of streets behind me, each clutching a section of a long piece of rope trailed by a grown-up. They march, penguin-style, past my house every morning, but I have not once seen them return. For all I know, they troddle around the entire world and return in time to pass my window again in the morning. Whatever the story, I am attached to them. There are three girls and a boy, all with a fondness for bright red jackets—and when I don’t seen them, when I oversleep, I actually feel blue. Bluer. That’d be the word my mom would use, not something as dramatic as depressed. I’ve had the blues for twenty-four years.I put on a skirt and blouse for the meeting, feeling dwarfy, my grown-up, big-girl clothes never quite fitting. I’m barely five foot—four foot, ten inches in truth, but I round up. Sue me. I’m thirty-one, but people tend to talk to me in singsong, like they want to give me fingerpaints.I headed down my weedy front slope, the neighbor’s red dog launching into its busybody barking. On the pavement near my car are the smashed skeletons of two baby birds, their flattened beaks and wings making them look reptilian. They’ve been there for a year. I can’t resist looking at them each time I get in my car. We need a good flood, wash them away.Two elderly women were talking on the front steps of a house across the street, and I could feel them refusing to see me. I don’t know anyone’s name. If one of those women died, I couldn’t even say, “Poor old Mrs. Zalinsky died.” I’d have to say, “That mean old bitch across the street bit it.”Feeling like a child ghost, I climbed into my anonymous midsized car, which seems to be made mostly of plastic. I keep waiting for someone from the dealership to show up and tell me the obvious: “It’s a joke. You can’t actually drive this. We were kidding.” I trance-drove my toy car ten minutes downtown to meet Jim Jeffreys, rolling into the steakhouse parking lot twenty minutes late, knowing he’d smile all kindly and say nothing about my tardiness.I was supposed to call him from my cell phone when I arrived so he could trot out and escort me in. The restaurant—a great, old-school KC steakhouse—is surrounded by hollowed-out buildings that concern him, as if a troop of rapists were permanently crouched in their empty husks awaiting my arrival. Jim Jeffreys is not going to be The Guy Who Let Something Bad Happen to Libby Day. Nothing bad can happen to BRAVE BABY DAY, LITTLE GIRL LOST, the pathetic, red-headed seven-year-old with big blue eyes, the only one who survived the PRAIRIE MASSACRE, the KANSAS CRAZE-KILLINGS, the FARMHOUSE SATAN SACRIFICE. My mom, two older sisters, all butchered by Ben. The only one left, I’d fingered him as the murderer. I was the cutie-pie who brought my Devil- worshiping brother to justice. I was big news. The Enquirer put my tearful photo on the front page with the headline ANGEL FACE.I peered into the rearview mirror and could see my baby face even now. My freckles were faded, and my teeth straightened, but my nose was still pug and my eyes kitten-round. I dyed my hair now, a white-blonde, but the red roots had grown in. It looked like my scalp was bleeding, especially in the late-day sunlight. It looked gory. I lit a cigarette. I’d go for months without smoking, and then remember: I need a cigarette. I’m like that, nothing sticks.“Let’s go, Baby Day,” I said aloud. It’s what I call myself when I’m feeling hateful.I got out of the car and smoked my way toward the restaurant, holding the cigarette in my right hand so I didn’t have to look at the left hand, the mangled one. It was almost evening: Migrant clouds floated in packs across the sky like buffalo, and the sun was just low enough to spray everything pink. Toward the river, between the looping highway ramps, obsolete grain elevators sat vacant, dusk-black and pointless.I walked across the parking lot all by myself, atop a constellation of crushed glass. I was not attacked. It was, after all, just past 5 p.m. Jim Jeffreys was an early-bird eater, proud of it.He was sitting at the bar when I walked in, sipping a pop, and the first thing he did, as I knew he would, was grab his cell phone from his jacket pocket and stare at it as if it had betrayed him.“Did you call?” he frowned.“No, I forgot,” I lied.He smiled then. “Well, anyway. Anyway, I’m glad you’re here, sweetheart. Ready to talk turkey?”He slapped two bucks on the bartop, and maneuvered us over to a red leather booth sprouting yellow stuffing from its cracks. The broken slits scraped the backs of my legs as I slid in. A whoof of cigarette stink burped out of the cushions.Jim Jeffreys never drank liquor in front of me, and never asked me if I wanted a drink, but when the waiter came I ordered a glass of red wine and watched him try not to look surprised, or disappointed, or anything but Jim Jeffreys–like. What kind of red? the waiter asked, and I had no idea, really—I never could remember the names of reds or whites, or which part of the name you were supposed to say out loud, so I just said, House. He ordered a steak, I ordered a double-stuffed baked potato, and then the waiter left and Jim Jeffreys let out a long dentist-y sigh and said, “Well, Libby, we are entering a very new and different stage here together.”“So how much is left?” I asked, thinking saytenthousandsayten thousand.“Do you read those reports I send you?”“I sometimes do,” I lied again. I liked getting mail but not reading it; the reports were probably in a pile somewhere in my house.“Have you listened to my messages?”“I think your cell phone is messed up. It cuts out a lot.” I’d listened just long enough to know I was in trouble. I usually tuned out after Jim Jeffreys’ first sentence, which always began: Your friend Jim Jeffreys here, Libby . . .Jim Jeffreys steepled his fingers and stuck his bottom lip out. “There is 982 dollars and 12 cents left in the fund. As I’ve mentioned before, had you been able to replenish it with any kind of regular work, we’d have been able to keep it afloat, but . . .” he tossed out his hands and grimaced, “things didn’t work out that way.”

Bookclub Guide

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl, and the basis for the major motion picture starring Charlize TheronLibby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben.Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.Praise for Dark Places“[A] nerve-fraying thriller.”—The New York Times“Flynn’s well-paced story deftly shows the fallibility of memory and the lies a child tells herself to get through a trauma.”—The New Yorker“Gillian Flynn coolly demolished the notion that little girls are made of sugar and spice in Sharp Objects, her sensuous and chilling first thriller. In Dark Places, her equally sensuous and chilling follow-up, Flynn . . . has conjured up a whole new crew of feral and troubled young females. . . . [A] propulsive and twisty mystery.”—Entertainment Weekly“Flynn follows her deliciously creepy Sharp Objects with another dark tale . . . The story, alternating between the 1985 murders and the present, has a tense momentum that works beautifully. And when the truth emerges, it’s so macabre not even twisted little Libby Day could see it coming.”—People (4 stars)“Crackles with peevish energy and corrosive wit.” —Dallas Morning News“A riveting tale of true horror by a writer who has all the gifts to pull it off.”—Chicago Tribune"It's Flynn's gift that she can make a caustic, self-loathing, unpleasant protagonist someone you come to root for.”—New York Magazine“[A] gripping thriller.”—Cosmopolitan"Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre.”—Stephen King1. Did you like Libby as a character? Do you think the author intended for her to be likeable?2. As the book shifted between points of view, did you find one most appealing, most enlightening, or most reliable?3. Why has Libby ignored Jim Jeffreys’s advice to earn an income for so many years? Do you believe she feels she’s earned the money she’s been gifted by strangers? What is her attitude toward money?4. Throughout the book, many characters seem to feel as though life is something that happens to them; others take a more proactive role in steering its course, often with disastrous consequences. Discuss the book’s theme of action versus reaction, investigation versus acceptance. Where does Libby’s behavior fit in this contrast?5. Like others Libby meets during her investigation, Barb Eichel seems pleased to have been contacted, having “wondered if you’d ever get in touch.” Why did Barb wait for Libby to come to her? Did Barb do enough to remedy the harm she thinks her book has done?6. As Lyle first brings Libby through the Kill Club gathering, he distinguishes between different types of members—role players and solvers, for instance. Do you consider these to be meaningful differences? How do the various groups make use of the club?7. In considering the case of the missing girl Lisette Stephens, Libby thinks to herself, “There was nothing to solve . . . She just vanished for no reason anyone could think of, except she was pretty.” Do you think it’s strange that Libby considers this an uninteresting case? What does her attitude toward Lisette say about her view of her own family’s murder? Was there something to “solve” in the Days’ murder?8. What do you make of Magda, the middle-class Kill Club member so fond of Ben, and so callous to her own son? What does her character tell us, if anything, about the Kill Club and its members?9. One of the appealing aspects of the Day case (according to Lyle) is the role of children as instigators, victims, and unreliable witnesses. Do you see any similarities among Krissi’s accusation, Libby’s false eyewitness account, and Lyle’s role in the California fires? Were these children to blame for their mistakes? In what ways did they attempt to right the wrongs they caused?10. “No one ever forgives me for anything,” one character says. What role does forgiveness play in Dark Places? Which characters should be more forgiving? Less?11. What do you think of Diondra’s relationships? Why is she attracted to Ben? Why is Trey such a constant companion? Do you think she was romantically involved with Trey?12. Patty Day frequently worries whether she is a good mother. What do you think? How does the book depict parents in general? Who do you consider the “good” and “bad” parents in the book?13. Did you think Ben was guilty? Does the author intend for us to doubt him?14. Why doesn’t Diane return Libby’s phone calls? What does she mean at the end of the book when she says, “I knew you could do it . . . I knew you could . . . try just a little harder”? Do you like Diane?15. Why do you think Libby, at the end of the book, thinks twice before shoplifting? Is this reflective of a new attitude toward the world? How?16. Do you think Ben will find Crystal? What do you imagine their reunion would be like?17. Why do you think the author chose to set the murders on a farm? What images and themes does the heartland and farming evoke?18. Libby is a liar, a manipulator, a kleptomaniac, and an opportunist. Does she have any redeeming qualities? Are you able to empathize with her? If so, why?

Editorial Reviews

Named one of the Best Books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly A Weekend TODAY “Top Summer Read”The New Yorker's Reviewers' Favorite from 2009A 2009 Favorite Fiction Pick by The Chicago Tribune “Another winner!”—Harlan Coben“Gillian Flynn’s writing is compulsively good. I would rather read her than just about any other crime writer.”—Kate Atkinson“Dark Places grips you from the first page and doesn't let go.”—Karin Slaughter“With her blistering debut Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn hit the ground running. Dark Places demonstrates that was no fluke.”—Val McDermid“Dark Places' Libby Day may seem unpleasant company at first–she's humoring those with morbid curiosities about her family's murders in order to get money out of them–but her steely nature and sharp tongue are compelling. 'I have a meanness inside me,'she says, 'real as an organ.'Yes she does, and by the end of this pitch-black novel, after we've loosened our grip on its cover and started breathing deeply again, we're glad Flynn decided to share it.”—Jessa Crispin, NPR“Flynn returns to the front ranks of emerging thriller writers with her aptly titled new novel . . . Those who prefer their literary bones with a little bloody meat will be riveted.”—Portland Oregonian“Gillian Flynn may turn out to be a more gothic John Irving for the 21st century, a writer who uses both a surgeon's scalpel and a set of rusty harrow discs to rip the pretty face off middle America.”—San Jose Mercury News“The world of this novel is all underside, all hard flinch, and Flynn’s razor-sharp prose intensifies this effect as she knuckles in on every sentence. . . . The slick plotting in Dark Places will gratify the lover of a good thriller–but so, too, will Flynn’s prose, which is ferocious and unrelenting and pure pleasure from word one.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer“Gillian Flynn’s second novel, Dark Places, proves that her first – Sharp Objects – was no fluke. . . . tough, surprising crime fiction that dips its toes in the deeper waters of literary fiction.”—Chicago Sun-Times"Flynn fully inhabits Libby—a damaged woman whose world has resided entirely in her own head for the majority of her life and who is prone to dark metaphors: 'Draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.' Half the fun of DARK PLACES is Libby’s swampy psychology, which Flynn leads us through without the benefit of hip waders.”—Time Out Chicago“Deliciously creepy...Flynn follows 250-some pages of masterful plotting and character development with a speedway pileup of pulse-pounding revelations.” —Chicago Reader“A genuinely shocking denouement.” —Romantic Times“Sardonic, riveting . . . Like Kate Atkinson, Flynn has figured out how to fuse the believable characters, silken prose and complex moral vision of literary fiction to the structure of a crime story. . . . You can sense trouble coming like a storm moving over the prairie, but can't quite detect its shape.” —Laura Miller, Salon“These characters are fully realized—so true they could step off the page….hints of what truly happened to the Day family feel painfully, teasingly paced as they forge an irresistible trail to the truth….Could. Not. Stop. Reading.”—Bookreporter“Libby’s voice is a pitch-perfect blend of surliness and emotionally charged imagery. . . . The Kansas in these pages is a bleak, deterministic place where bad blood and lies generate horrifically unintended consequences. Though there’s little redemption here, Flynn manages to unearth the humanity buried beneath the squalor.”—Bloomberg“Set in the bleak Midwest of America, this evocation of small-town life and dysfunctional people is every bit as horribly fascinating as Capote’s journalistic retelling of a real family massacre, In Cold Blood, which it eerily resembles. This is only Flynn’ s second crime novel–her debut was the award-winning Sharp Objects–and demonstrates even more forcibly her precocious writing ability and talent for the macabre.”—Daily Mail (UK)“Flynn’s second novel is a wonderful evocation of drab small-town life. The time-split narrative works superbly and the atmosphere is eerily macabre—Dark Places is even better than the author’s award-winning Sharp Objects.”—The Guardian (UK)“A gritty, riveting thriller with a one-of-a-kind, tart-tongued heroine.” —Booklist (starred review)“Flynn’s second crime thriller tops her impressive debut, Sharp Objects…When the truth emerges, it’s so twisted that even the most astute readers won’t have predicted it.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)