Thursday, 30 October 2014

♥ Dark Places - Gillian Flynn || Review ♥

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she had 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

♥ Review ♥
In all honesty, i thought this book was gone girl, got myself all excited to learn nope, nada, pants its not. What i did do though, was decide to carry on reading non the less and delve into some of Flynns writing.

We meet Libb
y Day who, when she was seven lost all her immediate family, most of them massacred one terrbile evening, her father not on the seen and her brother charged with the murder of all the family. The time we meet her, the funds kindly sent from the general public at the time of the tradgey are starting to dwindle and Libby needs to shape up.

Around the time we meet her, she receives a letter inviting her to a function to discuss the tragedy itself, and what we learn when she arrives, is that there is a heck of alot of people who believe Ben is innocent in the massacre, that he didn't kill all his family. The book tackles the massacre head on and makes Libby challenge everything she believes, or thought she believed that night. Along the way we meet alot of people who are all involved in the lives of the days in some ways, some bigger than others, so we spend alot of time considering what happened that night and who contributed to this disaster.

Libby is presented as an unlikeable character from the get go, and i instantly disliked her behaviour and attitude, i beileve Flynn did this for reason and as the narrative flowed we learnt more about Libbys past, her nature and we even see change, its almost as if by looking into the past she can begin to shape her future. 
 The other characters whilst having smaller roles all play relevant parts, and i feel the world that Flynn built was a substantial one, one that housed a community that was judgemental and in times of need slightly harsh, i felt a pull towards the characters and i felt like i was experiencing the events unfold alongside them, not least because of the description. 

This was my first Flynn novel and i am eager to read more, i felt like the book was gripping, atmospheric and most of all - wonderous. I highly reccomend it for those that love thrillers with a little bit of crime.

♥ Rating ♥
4/5 
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♥ Author Links ♥

Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master's degree from Northwestern University.

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