Dark Places

Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over twenty years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent. It is 2 January 1985 - the day of the murders. Ben is a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lives. His family is extremely poor, and his father Runner is violent, gambles and disappears for months on end. But Ben does have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben becomes involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turns against him, his thoughts turn black. But is he capable of murder? 4.3 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
Dark Places

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Classification Fiction
Genre Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
Format Hardback
Pages 368
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication May 2009
ISBN 978-0297851578
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson
 

Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over twenty years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent. It is 2 January 1985 - the day of the murders. Ben is a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lives. His family is extremely poor, and his father Runner is violent, gambles and disappears for months on end. But Ben does have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben becomes involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turns against him, his thoughts turn black. But is he capable of murder?

Reviews

The Guardian

Gillian Flynn

Set in the American midwest, 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

16/05/2009

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The New Yorker

Books Briefly Noted

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

03/06/2009

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The New York Times

Marilyn Stasio

[A] nerve-fraying thriller... If there’s a conscious theme here, it has to do with children who cause “something to happen, something that got bigger than they were” and the chaos that follows when no responsible adults are around. But the term “prairie massacre” might also apply to the destruction of the rural Midwest

07/05/2009

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