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Dark Places Hardcover – 14 May 2009

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First Edition edition (14 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297851578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297851578
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,038 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre (Stephen King)

Gillian Flynn's writing is compulsively good. I would rather read her than just about any other crime writer (Kate Atkinson)

With her blistering debut Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn hit the ground running. Dark Places demonstrates that was no fluke (Val McDermid)

Gutsy, atmospheric and suspense-loaded (Fanny Blake Woman & Home)

I don't think I'll read a better thriller this year (Alex Heminsley BBC 6 Music)

This is only Flynn's second crime novel . . . and demonstrates even more forcibly her precocious writing ability and talent for the macabre (Daily Mail)

Gripping (She)

Dark Places, Flynn's second novel, confirms her exceptional talent (Times Literary Supplement)

Dripping with ominous atmosphere, complex psychology and moral ambiguity (Big Issue)

This is a dark and intelligent crime thriller suffused with dread (Catholic Herald)

Dark Places grips you from the first page and doesn't let go (Karin Slaughter)

Truly gripping, with a real twist, this is a great second novel from Gillian Flynn (Marie Jenkinson WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY)

Gillian Flynn's writing is compulsively good. I would rather read her than just about any other crime writer. (Kate Atkinson)

With her blistering debut Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn hit the ground running. Dark Places demonstrates that was no fluke. (Val McDermid)

Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre. (Stephen King)

"Dark Places confirms her as one of the very brightest stars in the genre firmament (Ben Hunt MATERIAL WITNESS)

I don't think I'll read a better thriller this year (Alex Heminsley BBC 6 MUSIC)

Gutsy, atmospheric and suspense-loaded (Fanny Blake Woman and Home)

Dark Places, Flynn's second novel, confirms her exceptional talent (Nick Clee TLS)

Gripping stuff (SHE)

I really liked it.. it's the one to read (Hepzibah Anderson UP ALL NIGHT, BBC RADIO FIVE LIVE)

Dark Places is even better than the author's award-winning Sharp Objects (Laura Wilson THE GUARDIAN)

This is only Flynn's second crime novel - her debut was the award-winning Sharp Objects - and demonstrates even more forcibly her precocious writing ability and talent for the macabre (Carla McKay DAILY MAIL)

Gillian Flynn's debut Sharp Objects was brilliant.. Dark Places is even better. A stormer, even for those who don't usually 'do' thrillers (Lottie Moggach THE LONDONPAPER)

Dripping with ominous atmosphere, complex psychology and moral ambiguity (BIG ISSUE IN SCOTLAND)

This is a dark and intelligent crime thriller suffused with dread (Stav Sherez CATHOLIC HERALD)

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Libby Day helped put her brother away for murdering her family. What if he didn't do it? The brilliant new novel from the prize-winning author of SHARP OBJECTS.

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A sinister and intense mystery that brings to the fore Devil-worshipping cults, serial killings, deep rooted secrets and fanatical true-crime enthusiasts to create Gillian Flynn’s devilishly captivating whodunit.

The Day family are the subject of some brutally bloody murders, with the mother Patty and two of her daughters, Debbie and Michelle killed on that night in January 1985. This night was far from a normal night for the Day family and the town as alarming allegations were levelled against Ben concerning some disturbing activities he was believed to be involved in. On top of that, Patty’s problems also include monetary issues as she desperately attempts to keep the family farm afloat. Years after the murders and Ben’s life imprisonment for the crime, Libby now leads a life shrouded in depressive and cynical thoughts stemming from that night. She encounters the mysterious Kill Club that convinces her to revisit that night and to find the true killer. Flynn’s dark, thrilling mystery is unlike any whodunit, as it brings together a kaleidoscope of dark and intriguing themes that help to make for an incredible novel.

Libby Day, the main protagonist and one of the three perspectives that are fascinatingly interchanging throughout the novel, did not physically see the murders but she is coached and manipulated by lawyers, the press and psychiatrists to testify against her older brother Ben. Ben, a brooding, and troubled boy has tumbled down a rabbit hole of drugs and devil worship, and to add to his alarming position is him being the focus of a witch-hunt by several families in Kinnakee concerning some very damaging allegations that do not help his defence.
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Having read books like The Silence of the Lambs, Rats, Da Vinci Code over the years I hadn't read a book like this in ages!

The sheer horror of the situation, the foul characters, the whodunit buildup, etc made me want to read it to find out the outcome. I thought in the end it worked. This is fiction after all. The character I most admired was the mother - can you imagine how you would feel if you felt your little boy was going to end up in trouble? A desperate situation where she felt cornered. Ironic, that the person she was trying to save was lost already - love can do crazy things.

Think of real life occasions where couples have killed. Where they pressured into it? Was it some warped act of empowerment? There was a lot more going on in this book than meets the eye. It was not really about Diondra - she was a lost, freak! It was the effect she had on others, and the sad events that came about in the end that made me go WOW!

A 5 from me - I read it in a day when I should be doing other stuff! Any book that takes me away from my life like this deserves the high rating...
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Another great read from the talented Gillian Flynn. She keeps the twists and turns going at such a pace I did not want to put this book down. There are not too many characters to keep track of and the chapters being narrated by different people at different times keeps it interesting. A recommended nail biter of a read.

I was a bit surprised that it cost me more than 50 percent less to order the paperback via prime than download a kindle read. Surely ebooks should be cheaper or am I being stupid with a trending author, it's clear the kindle prices are elevated? A good book regardless that reminds me a bit of Jodi Picoult's style.
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So glad I ignored the bad reviews!!! Loved this book I actually enjoyed it more than Gone Girl and a lot more than Sharpe Objects (which I did struggle with)
Carried my kindle around everywhere with me so could read at every opportunity. Maybe I would have liked a bit more at the end to tie up lose ends with characters that weren't mentioned again but I suppose that's for your own imagination! Hope there's a film in the making for this!!
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I bought this having read Gone Girl (which I loved) and I was hoping this would be as good and gripping (or at least of a similar strain) but I was quite disappointed. Don't get me wrong there is a great story buried within, but the characters just aren't believable enough, the story jumps about a bit too much to keep up with what's going on, and I found the whole overall story quite weak (however it could have been a crackingly strong read and story line because the concept is a good one) just the story telling and characters let it down.
It would work well as a TV mini series though as there are several different sub-stories going on at the same time; alas these don't translate well into written/readable words.
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By Amy on 21 Feb. 2016
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This was a real page turner for me. Was a little gruesome as a whole family is killed and the story of the main characters unravels but Flynn is a great story teller and I have gone on to buy all of her books.
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Another great story by Gillian Flynn, always an unexpected twist at the end. Have now read all her books, hope she writes some more!
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Fantastic read that had me hooked all the way through. At no point did I expect the ending, which was brilliant
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