Book Review – Dark Places

“The truly frightening flaw in humanity is our capacity for cruelty – we all have it.” Gillian Flynn, Dark Places


Gillian Flynn is quickly making me a huge fan of hers. With two books coming out this year, I have read both now in preparation for the movies and I have loved them both. (See my review for Gone Girl here.) She is raw and unfiltered and tells stories that seem completely plausible but still far enough away that, as a reader, you are fascinated to find out about.
A non-spoiler review will be tough so I’ll put the description: A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes.

The main character, Libby Day, is a smart-ass in the best way. She makes all the remarks in her head that I am thinking. I don’t want to give an example so I don’t ruin any of the humor but they’re awesome.

The society that solves crimes sounds intriguing to me… but not in a I-want-to-buy-artifacts-from-crime-scenes kind of way but more of I-want-to-solve-the-crimes-that-no-one-has-been-able-to-solve kind of way. No idea if these really exist but I’m sure they do somewhere.


I went through all kinds of scenarios when I was trying to figure this out: “Did the mom just run away and isn’t really dead?” “Was it actually the brother?” “What if it was a cop or someone else with power?” “Was it the father?” Obviously, if you’ve read the book, you know that none of these panned out but that was the beauty of the book. I was able to come up with my own theories based on the evidence presented and it would keep pulling me in to keep reading and eventually figure out that I was completely wrong.


Again, can’t wait for this movie. I think that Libby Day being played by Charlize Theron is a great pick as she has that I’m-pretty-but-don’t-mess-with-me attitude that I think fits this character great. Also Chloe Grace Moretz is in this one (she’s in If I Stay as well) as a good fit in my opinion. I have looked through the rest of the cast and it’s obvious that there will be multiple flash backs so my only real wish is that they aren’t the ones where the camera is moving around like crazy so you can’t follow what’s happening. Beyond that, I don’t think this movie will disappoint.

Grade: B+
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