It’s a Mystery: Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn

4.0 out of 5 stars Desperation

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.


6 thoughts on “It’s a Mystery: Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn

  1. Gayla Collins says:

    Amazing review…if I wasn’t such a scarity cat I would read this…instead I will remember it for my sister-in-law who loves gritty, scary mysteries.

    Thanks, Linda and thanks for restarting our group.


  2. Steve Peterson says:

    Boy, this sounds awfully dark. Also well done. Your closing line, “There are no happy endings here, not for anyone,” piles layer upon layer of forboding.. I think I’d end up feeling miserable reading it, but–you’ve tempted me to think about reading it. Well done review!

  3. Hmmm, that was interesting. Looks like somethings will always remain mystery.

    I myself has been trying to solve the mystery of the legend that forces you to have “earn it before

    having it”, for a wile now. Could not understand much though.

    Let me know in case you get to understand the mystery of the Old Hound and the Legend

    By the way, good writing style. I’d love to read more on similar topics

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