Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

Now, I’m sure we’ve all heard of Gillian Flynn. She wrote that now infamous novel, Gone Girl, that was turned into a movie with Ben Affleck. I hated both. But this post isn’t about that. It’s about an older novel of hers called Dark Places. Published in 2009, this book follows the protagonist, Libby Day, as she tries to live a life after her entire family was supposedly murdered by her brother, Ben. Told it it was dark.

And she hasn’t exactly had it easy since they were killed when she was 7 and was the lone survivor. Except for her dad, Runner, who had left years before. The book follows her trials as she tries to figure out what to to do after her money runs out. So she starts making money off what she remembers about the worst day of her life and the days since. Pun intended.

It’s a really dark novel, hence the title I’m sure. But strangely, it was captivating. Maybe because it’s actually strangely really well written and the story goes back & forth between past and present. Giving you a real sense of what happened that fateful day.

And if we’re being honest with ourselves, we’re always captivated with a tragic story about murder, death, and survival, aren’t we? We’re glued to televisions when something horrible strikes. Hoping that we don’t know anyone directly affected and secretly celebrating when we don’t. But our hearts still always go out to those affected, don’t they?

Dark Places brings into light those dark places we always tried to hide from others and hope to God never show their face or that the demons don’t come out to play with others. Because it’s a reflection of the destruction such places can wreck on not only others but ourselves as well. All in all? I would recommend this book. But only if accompanied with a pint of ice cream and your favourite happy show when you finish. Because you won’t be able to put it down once you start and when you finally reach the last place, you’ll be needing something to fill the void that was left.

4.5/5 

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