My Review of Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

An interesting and compelling read by Gillian Flynn, Dark Places had me from the first sentence. “I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.”

The story is about a disturbed young lady, Libby, in her thirties trying to escape her past. A past where she became famous when her mother and two sisters died in what was later dubbed “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas,” and where she pointed a finger at her brother Ben, who is now serving time. Existing, she uses money from a trust fund developed by citizens and well-wishers when she was seven. Twenty-five years later, Ben is still in prison and the trust fund is drying up.

She is invited to visit a meeting of The Kill Club. A comic con for people obsessed with notorious crimes. Libby decides to use money these people are willing to give her to reconnect with her brother, who she hadn’t seen since 1985, and look up ghosts from the past. During her search and conversation with her imprisoned brother, she starts to waver and begins doubting that he was completely responsible for the death of her family.

Danger lurks around her father, around people who Ben hung out with back then, and around people in the community who looked at her and her family with a small degree of disdain. Can she find the truth and put to rest the past and everything holding her down?

The way the author composes the story, with each chapter focusing on a specific day and time, past and present, moves the story smoothly along. You can see the doubt grow within Libby. You have to sit back, a mere bystander, and watch events unfold that fateful day to their tragic conclusion.

Excellent read! This will not be my last Gillian Flynn book.

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