“Having read and enjoyed Gone Girl I decided to read Gillian Flynn’s back catalog. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. This woman can write dark books filled with a lot of twists and turns and very flawed human beings.
Libby Day was seven years old when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered while Libby hid. At the trial she testified that it was her brother Ben who committed the crime and he is serving a life sentence for the crime.
It is now 25 years later and Libby is living off the last dregs of the money that had been donated to a trust for her when she was the sole survivor of the massacre. She doesn’t work and doesn’t know what she is going to do to survive. When a member of the “Kill Club”, a society that is obsessed with true crimes, contacts her she thinks she has found a way to make some easy money. They will pay her to speak at their meetings and buy artifacts associated with her family from her. They also don’t believe Ben is guilty. Slowly Libby begins to believe they may be right.
The book is told is alternating chapters; the present and the day of the murders. The storylines begin to converge, as Libby gets closer to the truth of that day – the “Dark Places” she never wanted to revisit.
This book is not those who like every thing neat and clean. A lot of the people are very unlikeable; including Libby who is very damaged, as I imagine many of us would be if we witnessed the slaughter of our family. The descriptions of that terrifying night are brutal and graphic. In the end there isn’t really a happy ending either, just a truthful one.
Flynn has become my newest author not to miss, although since I have now read all three of her books it’s going to be a while for a new one. She really gets into the twisted places in people’s head and writes mysteries almost as if they were horror stories, which in some cases they are. So, highly recommended if you like well written tales, but filled with darkness, then this is the book for you.