Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places was a fantastic, thrilling read. Rich characterization, complicated characters and an unpredictable story fuels this pageturner.
Flynn’s Gone Girl, published in 2012, became the “belle of the ball” of psychological thrillers — the best type of summer read. Like many other fans of that gripping novel, I decided to work backwards and catch up on her previous work. Dark Places follows Libby Day, a woman who goes through a traumatic experience as a child and decides to exploit it as an adult when she needs money. What ends up happening is she digs deeper and uncovers the truth about the murder of her family — and believe you me, it’s not quite what you’re expecting.
I’m very easily scared (I really am!), but I love reading psychological thrillers. Flynn showcases this genre at its best — it’s thrilling and dark, but not horror. And I loved that. What emerges is a very smartly written novel that you’ll genuinely enjoy into the wee hours of the night.
So, yes, I strongly recommend you pick this one up, if you haven’t already.