For 25 years, Libby Day has avoided revisiting her memories of the horrendous night in which she heard someone murder her mother and sisters. It was her own testimony, as a 5 year old, that sent her older brother to prison for life. Now Libby is barely functioning as an independent adult. She desperately needs money, and agrees to consult with a club of murder groupies who believe her brother is innocent. It isn’t long before everything she is forced to re-examine everything she knows is true. And it is with a gritty, cold, single-mindedness that Libby forces herself to do what the cops did not – discover who really committed this mass murder.
Gillian Flynn has woven a disturbing tapestry of secrets, lies, and misery that is true to its title. This is not a pretty story, but it is credible in its reflection of the hardscrabble conditions under which many people struggle. After reading Dark Places, there will be no doubt that males have not cornered the entire market on viciousness. There are no happy endings here, not for anyone.