Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

title: dark places

author: gillian flynn

rating: 4/5 stars

source: book depository//amazon//goodreads

synopsis [from goodreads]:

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars. Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back? She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find. Who did massacre the Day family?”

this review does not contain spoilers

“He's always been moody. Even when he was a baby he was like a cat. All snuggly one second and then the next, he'd be looking at you like he had no idea who you were.”

Dark Places was my first Gillian Flynn book, and i didn’t really have any expectations going into it, considering i had heard pretty mixed things about her works. People either loved it or thought it was too overhyped. I personally enjoyed the book for the most part, except for the ending, which I felt was a little too rushed and it just kind of fell flat for me. Considering the entire book seemed to be building up towards the ending, I thought it could have been done in a more satisfactory way.

This book was full of twists and turns, although it might be obvious who the killer is, around halfway through the book. After reading this, I will definitely pick up some of her other novels. I thought the characters were really great as well, and my favorite character would definitely have to be Ben. He was very interesting to read and find out about as he is very unique and different, unlike your normal character.

Another thing I found to be enjoyable in this book was the mulitple POVs, which take place in the different time periods. One was of Patty, Libby’s mother, the day the murder took place, from morning to night. The other was of Libby herself in present day as she tries to figure out what exactly happened. As for Ben, we got both his POVs in present day and the past, the day of the murder, and towards the end, when he was in jail. It was very interesting reading from the past especially as the time for each chapter is indicated as it slowly builds up to the time of the murder. That was one of my favorite aspects of this book.

So that was all for my thoughts on this book!

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