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{Read Kindle} ⛈ Dark Places õ From TheNew York Times Bestselling Author OfGone GirlLibby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas She survived and famously testified that her fifteen year old brother, Ben, was the killer Twenty five years later, the Kill Club a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes locates Libby and pumps her for details They hope to discover proof that may free Ben Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history She ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club for a fee As Libby s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started on the run from a killer Gripping and entertained DAYS GO BY You gotta believe in something, right Everyone has their thing This is my second novel by Gillian Flynn, and now I am realizing that I have been reading them backwards, I mean in the opposite publishing order, but this has been due mainly the order of film adaptations However, I won t wait until having any film adaptation of Sharp Objects, to read that one I do hope to read it in the following months.My reading experience with Gone Girl wasn t an Gripping and entertained DAYS GO BY You gotta believe in something, right Everyone has their thing This is my second novel by Gillian Flynn, and now I am realizing that I have been reading them backwards, I mean in the opposite publishing order, but this has been due mainly the order of film adaptations However, I won t wait until having any film adaptation of Sharp Objects, to read that one I do hope to read it in the following months.My reading experience with Gone Girl wasn t any good as I would expect, BUT I have to admit that it has a really unique narration style making it worhty to be in anyone s TBR book list And odd enough I enjoyed A LOT the film adaptation of that one, while I watched after reading the book and taking in account that it s basically the same story, but I enjoyed it better in the movie format.I wasn t sure how much I d enjoy this book, Dark Places, but happily I can say that the reading experience with this novel was truly wonderful Maybe it lacks ofintense action at the climax I won t spoil it, don t worry , but definitely I enjoy a lot the whole reading experience of the book I am truly glad of deciding to read it I still have to watch the movie at the moment that I am writing this review but I hope to be able to watch it soon HAVE A NICE DAY And every single person in this case lies, is lying, did lie Dark Places is the tragic and grim story of the Day Family, told in the voices of Libby Day main character , Patty Day her mother and Ben Day his brother Libby s family had just the opposite a nice day, like 25 years agoher mother and her two other sisters were murdered and Ben, his brother was charged with the killings, getting a conviction where Libby s testimony was a key factor for it.Now, Libby is an adult woman, and very soon she will be totally penniless She got many donations around the country United States , mainly at the momento of the tragedy, and she has been able to dispose of the money too good She never studied, never worked, never did anything.Libby is exposed to a singular kind of fans about unsolved murders or cases where the convictions have something wrong A Killing Club, reuniting former cops, former detectives and even regular people interested about police cases She is shocked to know that there are too many people believing that his brother is innocent, and her own doubts about what really happened that terrible night, 25 years ago, are starting to increase big.Between her personal reasons of wanting to know what really happened that dark night and her current struggling economic status, Libby thinks that she can kill two birds with one stone, since this Killing Club is willing to pay her enough money to go and interview the people involved in the case and since she is Libby Day, there is a high potential that that people would open in an easier way to her than strangers.Readers will get to know, slowly but methodically, exactly what happened that terrible day, having chapters with the voice of Libby right now, but also the voices of Patty and Ben, but those two set back in the past, on that fateful day Present and past will be intermixed offering the pieces of the puzzle that the readers want to put together, BUT it won t be easy since human beings are natural liars and the Day Family isn t better if not worse MAKE MY DAY That s what they were a home past the expiration date It s obvious that the case of the Day Family s murders wasn t handle as it should, but it s amazing how easy an alibi can be stated Unless there is some evidence putting you in the crime scene, it seems that basically you only need to convince somebody else to say that you were with him her at the moment of the crime, and bam You re off the hook Nobody is perfect, but certainly the Day Family never tried any hard to be one You will have an unique access to the minds and feeling of three of the main members of the family, but also, thanks to them, you will get to know the rest of members of this broken kindred.You won t have heroes here Only survivors And certainly when money is scarse, the Day Family doesn t hesitate to make crazy hard calls.Blood is thicker than water, so families bonds are strong to smash, but also, families aren t a static things but in constant evolution, and due that bloods can become eventhicker, specially if something isn t quite right to say the least in your head SEIZE THE DAY Everyone who keeps a secret itches to tell it A mystery is something great, it s something wonderful, since a mystery always is screaming to be solved A mystery exists to be solvedbut a secret A secret is something intimidating, it s something maddening, since a secret always is silently screaming to remain unspoken, hidden Knowing about the existence of a secret is a contradiction itself.Therefore, people do their best to keep the secrets, but it s something too heavy, so, to lighten some of the burden, people become crafty to expose the secret at plain sight, but in a clever way Even dark places aren t enough to keep a secret.Meet the Day Familyat your own risk I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on itI highly recommend reading this whilst sitting in the sun with plenty of happy people around you as I did that way you can avoid contracting something evil and nasty from its pages, and also avoid losing any hope you had for humanity Okay, sorry, I make it sound so negative when actually this book is pretty fantastic if you can stomach tI have a meanness inside me, real as an organ Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on itI highly recommend reading this whilst sitting in the sun with plenty of happy people around you as I did that way you can avoid contracting something evil and nasty from its pages, and also avoid losing any hope you had for humanity Okay, sorry, I make it sound so negative when actually this book is pretty fantastic if you can stomach the horrors within I ate this up in a couple of days, finding every opportunity to read that I could Flynn certainly has a talent for dragging you into her stories and having them take you over until you find out just what the hell is going on.As much as I enjoyed its dark predecessor Sharp Objects I think Dark Places was, for me, acomplex and well developed mystery I had many theories as to what was going on and all of them were wrong You know, I honestly think that writing a mystery story must be the most difficult of all, because the reader is your enemy Most readers of mystery stories will analyse the information they re given, pull it apart, and try desperately to solve the mystery before the characters do and yet, if they are successful, they feel disappointed For an author to manage to pull out something both surprising and convincingly real at the end of all this, they have to have a talent for it.Dark Places alternates between the present day and 1985 when Ben Day allegedly massacred three members of his family, his sister Libby being the only one to escape and testify as a witness, sending Ben to a life in prison Now, after years of living on the donations made by concerned members of the public, Libby Day has finally run out of money and is forced to earn some cash by making an appearance at a group meeting where the members believe Ben is innocent At first, Libby is willing to write them off as crazy fanatics with a grisly obsession but asinformation is presented to her, she starts to question what really happened all those years ago.The story is told from three main points of view and, to say I m not a fan of multiple perspectives, I thought it was done excellently Patty Day is an exhausted mother of four who starts to fear her son is becoming involved in satanic rituals torn between wanting to protect him and being a little afraid of what his behaviour means, we begin to question through her eyes whether the heavy metal loving loner could really have it in him to become a murderer Then we have Ben Day s point of view Being inside his mind is a little frightening we see how his thoughts become increasingly dark, how just wanting to have something normal can lead to the most abnormal behaviour but does that mean he would really murder his family And, of course, there is Libby Day Libby Day is the reason I think I enjoy Flynn s novels so much She is so imperfect, complex, selfish, violent but somehow you manage to stay on her side I have no idea how the author manages this, but I ve always loved a protagonist with issues, the kind of issues that make them lash out in ways that would make you hate them if you weren t inside their head, understanding them She does some horrible things and, though you don t necessarily forgive her for them, you are able to see why.If you re okay reading about filth, gore, and underage sex, then you should dive into this mystery straight away and immerse yourself in the disturbing but awesome mental workings of Gillian Flynn.Last updated April 2016Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store i was not a lovable child, and i d grown into a deeply unlovable adult draw a picture of my soul, and it d be a scribble with fangs.gillian flynn sure does love writing about horrible people doing horrible things.and i sure do love reading about them especially because she isn t one of those writers coasting on shock value and can you belieeeeeve a delicate flower of a woman is writing this but she can really tell a story and i, for one, was completely surprised and pleased by the ending o i was not a lovable child, and i d grown into a deeply unlovable adult draw a picture of my soul, and it d be a scribble with fangs.gillian flynn sure does love writing about horrible people doing horrible things.and i sure do love reading about them especially because she isn t one of those writers coasting on shock value and can you belieeeeeve a delicate flower of a woman is writing this but she can really tell a story and i, for one, was completely surprised and pleased by the ending of this one.libby s mother and two older sisters were murdered when she was seven years old, apparently in some sort of satanic bloodbath masterminded by her older brother ben she escaped and was instrumental in getting him put behind bars, in one of those lean on the kid and make them say what needs to be said to convict someone situations twenty five years later, she is a mess a flat broke kleptomaniac, pissed off at the world, and terrible at any social expectations, until she is approached by a group whose specialty is studying violent crimes, trading memorabilia, constructing alternate scenarios of horrorshows criminal tourists and libby pumps them for cash while promising to look into the crime she lived through, and reconnect with her brother and father in order to solve a crime she believes has already been solved.but it is far from over, man there are all kinds of things she is going to learn about that night, and about her family, and about her own self.and it s going to get creepy.it is great, great, great it is not perfect i personally had some difficulties with character motivation and behavior, but it doesn t matter because it all works within flynn s dirty little world, and she manages to convince you that these characters are going to do what they are going to do within their need spheres, and just because it doesn t make sense to youuuuu, just be thankful for that, yeah it is really chilling stuff oh, god remember the frenzy of satanic finger pointing of the 80 s there were cults everywhere, right all the animal sacrifices and the heavy metal music and the teenage killers under the spell of the dark one and even though none of it ever panned out into anything, that frenzy, that imagined threat was so convincing to so many pearl clutching mothers it would be adorable now, except for reading this book, and remembering that actual people were accused and convicted because of half whispered urban legends oops.it s a great bloody crime story its pacing is sublime she always knows just how far to take the reader before switching up the focus to cause the maximum amount of anticipatory distress, she knows how to cover her tracks and how to deliver the most effective kaboom of an ending and you might not like any of these characters, but you will still sympathize with them, despite your better instincts.i seem to have run out of gillian flynn books., please.come to my blog 4.5 Stars Gillian Flynn scares me.But it s a good scare A keep you up all night anxiously reading because closing the book is not an option kinda scare If you thought Gone Girl was twisted, make room forDark Placesbecause this suspenseful thriller takes freaky to a whole nuther level.I went in thinking I was fully prepared.I wasn t This book is so astoundingly demented, it truly makes me wonder exactly how Miss Flynn thinks up such bold scenarios The plot is so out there , yet w 4.5 Stars Gillian Flynn scares me.But it s a good scare A keep you up all night anxiously reading because closing the book is not an option kinda scare If you thought Gone Girl was twisted, make room forDark Placesbecause this suspenseful thriller takes freaky to a whole nuther level.I went in thinking I was fully prepared.I wasn t This book is so astoundingly demented, it truly makes me wonder exactly how Miss Flynn thinks up such bold scenarios The plot is so out there , yet way too close creating a palpable level of discomfort for the reader but I, for one, could not look away This author knows how to stretch the creep factor to its limits, just short of over the top, delivering a crazy, yet still fathomable plot She masters the art of description until the details begin materializing, and suddenly you re visualizing them whether you re trying to or not Libby Day What a truly unique, unforgettable character So mentally and emotionally deranged, you cant help but want to reach out to her with a six foot pole, of course Because she feels so damnreal Her thoughts, her actions so cynical and bitter But who wouldn t be after experiencing the torment she hasI assumed everything bad in the world could happen, because everything bad in the world already did happenLibby s family was brutally murdered in their home, but little seven year old Libby somehow survived the gruesome massacre Largely due to Libby s testimony, her wallflower brother becomes tried and convicted for these satanic murders.Now Libby is a grown woman who is beginning to question the details of that fateful night long ago A night she has buried deep inside, desperate to forget But there are things that refuse to be forgotten And so begins the suspenseful journey, as the plot glides through past and present, alternating between a first and third person perspective Libby serving as the story s narrator And her unhappy, defeated voice is one I will not forget With this particular story, I think the writing won me over evenso than the plot Although I was completely sucked into the mystery, marathon guessing like it was my job, the ending somehow left me ever so slightly disappointed It s difficult to place my finger on why I wanted BIG, but maybe this was a little too big I m still unsure In any case, this author has a genius grasp on storytelling, and I will gladly read anything she writes But for now, I m off to read something happy ish Book Stats Genre Category Mystery Thriller Graphic Nature Racy and bold Romance Twisted Characters Unlovable but unforgettable Plot A twisty and suspenseful murder mystery Writing Flawless, poetic, bold, and edgy POV Switches between 3rd and 1st person heroine Cliffhanger None Standalone