Book Review: Dark Places

When I shared my recent reads, I was reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I managed to finish it two days ago and now I am ready to share the bittersweet review of this, weirdly good yet horrifying to some extent, book.
When I say manage to finish, it means it wasn't something entirely easy to finish, in a non-boring way.

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 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.

I had been excited to finish all three books from Flynn as the other two, Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, had been quite a gripping and thrilling reads. I had already made up my mind to pick it up as soon as I was finishing Sharp Objects. There's some magic, some nastiness in Flynn's style that keeps me hooked. Entirely hooked. Unputdownable-ly hooked.
BUT, when it came down to this book, I might have to slightly change my statement.

This book revolves around a 31 years old Libby Day who survived a brutal killing of her whole family at the age of 7. She escaped her house while the killings and slaughters were happening and managed to be the only survivor. It seemed like a perfectly planned, satanic ritual killing and the blame was down to her brother, Ben. He was accused of being a harasser to young girls in town and was regarded as a troublemaker. The Days were so poor and clenched in the paws of debts. I-Would-Eat-Expire-Food poor. The contrast between these elements is surprisingly connected. Plus, nothing in this story will cheer you up. Nope. Not a thing.

There is so much going on in this story. Past connects with the present, present goes back in past. The story, from the very start, had certain negative vibes that would suck the positivity out of my mood and I would feel like pressing my temples after absorbing the voidness of this story.

“I 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.”

Libby's character is both pathetic and mean at the same time. She grew up with the horrors of family killings and lack of parental love in her life - sad. She didn't work and lived off the charity money because she didn't want to work - pathetic. She only came out of her miserable shell when her charity money was ending and she could either work or starve to death. Her luck brought her work and yearning for the truth at the same time. Lucky!

There are a bunch of interesting characters in this book: a weak mother, drunkard father, superwoman-kinda aunt, annoying sisters, mean high schoolers, gossiper townies and more.

The story is super twisted. It keeps going back in the past and returns in present chapter after chapter, so the story goes in a perfect flow. The mystery unfolds bits by bits and is totally unexpected. So Gillian Flynn. I took like a week to finish it because soaking up the tragedies, disturbing character of Libby, and the events weren't easy.

“The truly frightening flaw in humanity is our capacity for cruelty - we all have it.” 

“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.”

“If ifs and buts were candies and nuts we’d all have a very Merry Christmas,”

“Everyone who keeps a secret, itches to tell it."

I would highly suggest not reading it if you're a sensitive reader. It's really dark (the name is so on point) and disturbing. But if you're a fan of any kind of mysteries and thrillers, it's gonna be right up to your alley. I really enjoyed reading it. You can also read Areeba's review of the same book.

My ratings: 3.5/5 stars

What's your recent read? Have you read this book?
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