Hello again! I have decided to blog twice in one week because, as per holiday usual, I have whizzed through so many books and I don’t want to forget what I thought about them! This blog is on one of the creepiest, harrowing, scary AF (as fish) books I’ve ever read. It’s Stephen King level. Although I haven’t read any Stephen King… but I’m sure this is just like his. The book is called ‘Dark Places’ and it’s by the author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn. Gone Girl was so superbly brilliant that I was doubtful another book would live up to it. But it definitely did…
The blurb reads: Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.
Ahhhhhhh! Scary, right?
I give this book 4/5 for how put-down-able it was. I only take a mark off the top because there were parts that creeped me out so much that I didn’t want to keep reading for a bit. But that’s not a bad thing- I’m just a wuss when it comes to horror.
The characters in this book get 5/5. Although I wasn’t a fan of any of them as people (not sure you’re meant to be really), they were all so in-depth and detailed. I read a few reviews for the 2015 film adaptation and was very sad to hear that Libby was very badly represented. That was a shame because she is a very complicated character! This book leaves you rooting for characters that turn out to be nothing like you’d expect.
This book gets 5/5 for originality. Although I’m sure it’s not the only one with a story line like this, it certainly is unlike anything I’ve ever read before and has been the only scary book that’s made me want to read more scary books (Stephen King here I come!). The story goes in a way you wouldn’t expect and then ending- wow- is not seen coming even from the page before it happens.
Overall I give ‘Dark Places’ 5/5. It was original, gripping and terrifying. Having read a romantic-comedy before this, it was the perfect book to shake up my tastes a little. And I loved it! Well done Gillian Flynn, and I’m sure many more of her books will be featuring on this blog!
The next book I will be reviewing will be ‘Just Haven’t Met You Yet’. Yes, a romantic comedy. But trust me, after reading ‘Dark Places’ you’ll certainly need the break!