Dark Places

Thoughts dpbygf Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, Broadway Paperbacks 2009, 349 pages

First SENTENCE:  “I have a meanness inside of me, real as an organ.”

What’s it ABOUT:  A young woman who survived her family’s massacre almost 25 years prior decides to open up her memories and help investigate what really happened. She hasn’t wanted to think about any of it for a long, long time. But damn it – she needs the money. And the crime clubbers are offering to refill the empty coffers. She doesn’t work (can’t work, won’t work, what’s the difference) and she has spent the horde of cash she collected from the do-gooders who supplied it back when she was a sad poor cute victim survivor. She ain’t cute anymore.

“I signed my book for mouth-breathing kids who asked me jarring questions, like did my mom cook pies.”

Characters are lacking in much one might find admirable and yet we do somehow sympathize. Pacing is spot on, tension is physical, belief is suspended and disregarded. It’s dark inside these pages but don’t turn on the light cuz some scary too-many-legged thing might crawl out and I don’t want to see that.

Another wild ride in the Flynn mind amusement park. Not quite as wild as Gone Girl but still a thrill.

Rating: Four slices of pie, blackberry. fourpie

Stephen King is in the opening credits page of praise:

” Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with knack for the macabre.”

Thank you MBR for loaning me this book.


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16 thoughts on “Dark Places

    1. And I am looking forward to getting to her debut. Seems I’m working backward. I wonder if she has a date already set to release her next? (I never know such things.)

  1. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    Oooh, that first sentence says a lot doesn’t it? I’ve only read Gone Girl by Flynn. That was such a twisty ride that I’m more than willing to give this one a shot as well.

    1. Actually this is the first time this particular issue has ever popped up for me. I am a goodreads editor so I can fix things if I know they are wrong and I can add book covers, too. But since I don’t tend to keep books, I don’t think LT is for me.
      You gotta try Flynn if you like twists and fun awful characters!

  2. I think I’m the only person on the planet who has no interest in this author’s books, although since you mentioned the Kansas City setting in your description, this one might be a good choice to start with. Someday. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  3. Gone Girl was so intense. My book club was actually discussing it last night and none of us had tried any of her other books. Sounds like they might be equally dark, but good!

  4. Hmmm. Crime clubbers… I was going to skip this one, as I’ve been doing for a while (I think I have a used copy kicking around somewhere) but now I may have to read it!

  5. I know I have this on one of my bookshelves. I’ve been thinking I should pull it out since reading Gone Girl but wasn’t sure I wanted to follow up too closely behind that one. Sounds like, even though you didn’t like this one as well, still it won’t disappoint.

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