This was such a great read! I would highly recommend this to anyone. I thought the story was going one way and then it completely threw me off. I didn't want it to end!
I was glued to this book and thought about what I would do if i was involved in the plot.
It was just that good.
Gillian Flynn has become one of my favorite authors. She really wraps up a story with all the bows and whistles.
This was an incredibly intense murder mystery. I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction and not true crime. There is not a slow moment in this book. The story keeps you guessing all the way through. I found myself unable to stop reading. The characters where so real and flawed that I found myself completely invested in their lives. No one had a good motive yet everyone seemed guilty.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
Dark Places has lots in common with Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s 2012 blockbuster novel that I recently finished.
First of all, both novels have more than one main character who is narrating the story. The point of view switches back and forth as the plot unravels in each book. This method works pretty well, partly because it leaves the reader hanging in suspense while the POV switches back to another character.
In both novels, the characters really aren’t very likeable at all. I’d say in Dark Places, this is even truer, and it kept me from enjoying it quite as much as Gone Girl. Libby Day has an excuse for being so messed up and unlikeable in that her whole FAMILY was murdered when she was 7, but that doesn’t stop me from … well, from not liking her much. And her brother Ben was mean and wimpy at the same time. He has the excuse of a very dysfunctional family, but I got really sick of how he was so completely enthralled and controlled by his horrible friends Tres and Diondra. Could anyone really let a “friend” treat you like they did? And would Ben really react like he did – for 24 YEARS? Anyway, I had no sympathy for him.
Even though the woman in Gone Girl is a psychopath, she at least seemed somehow sharper and more interesting than either Ben or Libby.
In both books the endings were pretty unbelievable and that brought my enjoyment down a notch in each case. This “Angel of Debt” character Calvin Diehl at the end of Dark Places? Seemed like an easy out and not very realistic.
Both novels are very dark in nature. They verge on the macabre. In many ways they are over the top… a kind of “pulp fiction.” However, I think that both books are really well written. The stories are so well crafted. Although they aren’t particularly literary in tone or style, I think she is very skilled to be able to so smoothly tell both of these stories and keep the reader on the edge of her seat. To me that IS good writing. I’ve read other thrillers (Harlan Coben comes to mind) where the poor writing just detracted from the book. In Flynn’s novels, the writing just flows along and doesn’t get in the way of the story or the strange characters.
And finally, both books were page-turners. I really wanted to keep reading them both. I just love a good page turner!
Oregon Forester, audio book addict
Let me first say that I liked the book very much, it is a very dark story and gets darker as you go. The story is a mystery that keeps you thinking and guessing and engaged like many good mystery's. It's just that the story surrounds a very nasty violent crime and it's from the point of view of a young girl that lost everyone. This book is very different than Gone Girl however I liked it just as much (My wife disagrees with me, the book was a bit too dark for her)
So this was the second Gillian Flynn novel i have listened to...the first being Gone Girl...and LOVED it! Flynn has an excellent ability to get you into the different characters by telling the story from all point of views...and Dark Places was definitely captivating because of this. It gets a little, well a lot, graphic and gory during certain parts and it was pretty hard to listen to and imagine some of the things described, mostly because of the devil worshiping content and the details put into that part of the story. Otherwise, this story stuck with me each time after listening to a section and kept me totally entranced with the twists and turns, characters and trying to figure it all out. GREAT LISTEN...with some haunting and straight up messed up scenes.
I would recommend this book if you don't mind gore. It is a bit slow to build, but comes through in the end.
This one is a bit more flat compared to Flynn's Gone Girl!
One of todays best Mystery/Thriller writer, Gillian Flynn, does not disappoint. Her characters are always real, complex. Her storyline straight forward and then without warning comes the plot twists and the drops just like a rollcoaster ride you were sure you knew because you've riden it before... no you haven't. Brillant!!!
Love books! Can't imagine a day without reading and listening.
I very much enjoy Gillian Flynn's writing style and very quirky characters and plots. Her mysteries are deep and dark with unexpected, but generally logical, twists. Her book, Gone Girl, was masterful, and so I purchased Dark Places. This novel was filled to the brim with flawed characters, many of them charming in their own imperfect ways. So, a very different experience from reading standard mysteries with a good guy or two and a few bad ones. I thoroughly enjoyed this story . . . it kept my interest clear to the end, but I found the ending to be flawed and not so charmingly as some of the characters. In the final chapters, coincidence piled upon coincidence to wrap the story up. So, three stars for the story because the ending was unbelievable. The rest of the story was very good, though, and worth the credit.