As the journey descended into lower and more dangerous places, the author brilliantly portrayed a vulnerable girl's walk across a blasted landscaped peopled by the mad and the violent. She was able to portray in words a scene reminiscent of Escape from New York in its horror and determination.
Dark Places puts the noir in noir.
I found this to be an emotionally powerfully-written book. It fully engaged me in a world of emotional dysfunction, even though I’m not one to easily connect with such feelings. The wry levity of the tragic main character was especially appealing.
The dark-comic book style of the journey, with suggestions of the supernatural without specific instances of it, was brilliantly integrated with the real-life, if bizarre, events of the story.
The author’s rich descriptions of the physical reality of her settings and scenes – walking on crunching snow in the cold dark; the scents and sounds of a sexually-charged room – gave more depth to the experience of this book.
But then we come to the ending. In my opinion the author’s poor choice of a wrap-up to the story has to be ignored and discounted to enjoy this book. After having completely brought me in to this labyrinthine journey, she had me shouting “oh no way that is not what happened !!!” at the end. Just lost it all, like tossing your perfectly-baited fishing pole into the lake. Like the backdrop curtain collapsing behind the climax of Turn of the Screw. We can only hope that someday she will rewrite something that does justice to the rest of her otherwise masterful work.
I see all readers as free to craft their own endings … and in fact, that would make a great contributors’ blog!
I gave it 5 stars anyway. It was that good.
I was glued to this book. It starts dark. Continues on with underdogs you want the best for, but might not deserve it.
Had read Gone Girl, so I knew I was in for twists, with evidence beforehand to give you foresight. This was by far much more chilling, as it involves children and family as apposed to a cheating husband.
Highly recommend this to anyone that isn't weak of stomach.
Too much lead up for a not very satisfying resolution. Perhaps, my expectations were too high.
This book is a tough listen, that's for sure. Gillian Flynn certainly has a knack for dark thrillers, and that's what she delivers for us here. It's uncomfortable and gritty in a way that you want to stop listening simply so you don't have to picture the image being painted for you, but you can't stop yourself no matter how hard you try. The narrative is brutally vulgar and honest in a way that is both off-putting and riveting.
Before I purchased this I read through some of the reviews, and someone had said something like "I didn't like this book, but I did love it" and I think that's the perfect, and possibly only, way to characterize this novel. I hated every character from the very beginning, not one of them was relatable or endearing in any way. They collectively share zero redeeming qualities (okay, maybe there's one or two by the end) and that's not something that gets better as the story goes on. Yet, somehow, you grow to care JUST enough about them and their alternating story perspectives that, when the book is over, you feel satisfied and appreciative of them all. I actually groaned out load and/or grimaced at multiple points in the story (trust me, you will too) and, when I think about it, there is no part of me that wants to listen to it again. Even with all that being said, I still found myself recommending it to any and all of my reader friends almost instantly after finishing it.
This truly is a masterpiece of a thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.
I'd definitely listen to this audiobook again. I have a feeling I missed some subtle clues and want to see if I catch them the second time around.
Libby was my favorite character. She just seemed so lost in life, and I was rooting for her to get it together!
I'm not sure. The narrator was good, and nothing annoyed me, so that always means that the narrator did a great job.
When Libby realizes what happened all those years ago, and her visit at the end. *#@#*!! Wow!
Solid read. This book kept me intrigued the entire time.
I enjoyed the characters and there dark pasts/secrets. I really did not like how coincidental everything was. This was more like 2 stories merging into one, which can be good or bad, and for me it was to predictable. What really made me go 'seriously..' was Patty Day learned that Ben may have kept the little girls underwear...right before Ben buys a bag of underwear, used...for his to be daughter. LIKE CMON! After that I was very disappointed, the ax was right where it needed to be...the stories made to much sense. The ending did not make my jaw drop.
Less coincidences, less predictable.
Ya - I wouldn't waste a credit on it though