Venture to some Dark Places with Gillian Flynn

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know about the Gone Girl sensation.  And honestly, I hope you’ve checked out the book because it is one of my favorites (even the ending, which is controversial).

So after loving Gone Girl, I picked up Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn’s first book.  It was good, but not anything I was ecstatic about.

But recently I picked up Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, her second novel, and this one did not disappoint.

The book opens up with a nursery rhyme. . . about a boy who murders his mother and two sisters, and the “baby” who gets away.

That “baby” who was 7 at the time, Libby Day, is now all grown up and her convicted felon of a brother is in jail.

But don’t feel too bad for Libby.  She’s not the nicest person.  She’s been living off of sympathy money that people have sent her and it’s all run out.

Now what?

As Libby quickly finds out (while she’s trying to get people to pay for all her stuff), there’s more to the story of the night her family was murdered.

This book was really good.  Not as amazingly twisted as Gone Girl, but a good follow-up read.  While I think Sharp Objects would be the one to skip, Dark Places is not.

Dark Places is a haunting book.  Gillian Flynn is the master of psychotic writing and makes you love characters that are so hard to like.

Which of the Flynn novels is your favorite?

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28 thoughts on “Venture to some Dark Places with Gillian Flynn

  1. I really did like Gone Girl, and I have thought about picking up some of her other novels. I would consider this one! I’ve been told to skip Sharp Objects, and since I trust your opinion, I guess that’s what I’ll do!

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  2. I’m looking forward to read Gone Girl. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and read the first chapter and really liked the style and the pace.
    Sharp Objects was a big disappointment for me. I didn’t like the story nor the characters and I expected a lot more. Since it’s Flynn’s first book I’m planning on giving her a second chance.

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  3. I didn’t know about her other books, just that she had other novels before Gone girl, so thanks for the information because I think I’m going to read this one 😉

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  4. I like Gone Girl and even eventually adjusted to the ending. I have both of her other books too. If at least one of them is any good, I wonder why her name didn’t go viral until Gone Girl? Maybe because of all the suspense and twist ending that makes Gone Girl what it is?

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  5. I LOVED Gone Girl so much, this has been on my TBR for ages and I am kicking myself for not getting around to it yet. Your review only makes me kick myself harder…haha.

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  6. Sounds like another great dark, twisty, tale! Good to know that this one is better than Sharp Objects — I wouldn’t know which one to pick up first.

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  7. I’m one of the rare people who didn’t love Gone Girl. I think it’s a testament to my unsavory mind that I figured out where it was going fairly quickly. My favorite is Dark Places (only because I haven’t read the other). Even if I didn’t like GG, her writing was excellent, even if it did make me loathe humanity.

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  8. I bought this one long before Gone Girl but still haven’t gotten around to reading it. After enjoying Gone Girl so much, I’m looking forward to it.

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