Endless Bliss | Happy Lifestyle Blog: dark places {book review}

dark places {book review}


{Dark Places by Gillian Flynn}

Favorite Quote: "Worries find you easily enough without inviting them."
Favorite Character: Lyle

Synopsis from Gillian Flynn's Official Website
I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.
The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.
As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.
My Thoughts
Amazing. Fantastic. Fabulous. Incredible. Phenomenal. So. Freaking. Good. I wasn't sure what to think when I first picked up this book. To be honest, the only reason I did was because the movie adaptation was recently filmed in Shreveport, and I just wanted to read the book before I went to see the movie. I was discouraged after the first chapter just because I don't have as much time to read as I did before, and this was a really long book, and I wasn't sure if I really wanted to dive into it. Now I know what a mistake that would have been if I had decided not to read it.

I haven't read many mystery books in my life. The only ones that come to mind are the ones I read in middle school, circa Nancy Drew. I think the reason this book really pulls you in is how it's written. You're immediately struck with the horror of Libby's tragic childhood and how she is struggling as an adult over twenty years later. Then the book flashes back to the events of the day that her mother and two older sisters are killed. It was like as soon as I was getting really intrigued about what was happening in the present, that section would end, and the book would transfer me back to January 2nd twenty-five years ago. 

I spent the entire book stressed out about whether or not Libby was actually going to figure out who killed her family that night. I don't think I could have predicted (actually I know I couldn't have because I didn't) how the events leading up to her family's death would have played out that night. It was just a shocker, and Gillian Flynn is just absolutely brilliant. Not only was I satisfied with the ending and figuring out what actually happened that night and why, I also literally breathed a sigh of relief and smiled because Libby got her piece of mind, and, in a way, so did I.

Gillian Flynn does an amazing job illustrating everything in the book. Through her words, I really felt like I could picture everything, and then it made me more excited that I would actually see this book come to life next year. Her words were so descriptive and flawless. Not to mention, I feel like I knew each of the characters personally. I was outraged reading every part that talked about Michelle, Runner, Krissi, and Trey. I wanted to comfort Libby and her mother. I rolled my eyes at a few of Ben's actions from his teenage years. I felt like Lyle was my friend. I connected with these characters in a way that was so different from characters that I've read in other books. I was just so engaged during every part of this book.

This book definitely deserves a 5/5. Flawless writing, brilliant characters, stellar (yeah, stellar) ending. I just loved it so much.

For more information about the movie adaptation of Dark Places, click here.
For more information from Gillian Flynn, check out her official page or like her on Facebook.
 photo withlovesignature_zpscd4b5559.png


  1. Gillian Flynn is really good! I'm adding this to my goodreads now!

  2. That's funny that you say that because I've only heard good things about Gone Girl. I really want to read that one too. Dark Places was an awesome read. I hope you enjoy it if you do decide to read it! I'm really glad that you enjoyed the review!

  3. This was the first book I read by her and now I want to read the others! They're super long, but I'm sure they'll be worth it.

  4. I really liked her writing style-- I just don't think I cared much for the storyline of gone girl, so I definitely want to try another :)

  5. I have to give this another try. I read it in between her other two and wasn't as pulled in, But, you make it sound good so I'll try it again ha.

  6. I loved this book, and it was actually the first I read by her. I remember it starting off a bit slow, but then everything just becomes fast-paced, and I just HAD to figure out what happened! You should definitely give it another shot!

  7. I'm so glad you reviewed this! I think I mentioned this before but I didn't LOVE gone girl, but wanted to try out more of gillian flynn's books and this sounds like one I might like a little bit better! Loved this review!


09 10