Dark Places – Gillian Flynn | Book Review

Pages: 350 Paperback
Publication date: May 5th, 2009
Publisher: Broadway Books
How I got the copy: Bought
Rating:  5 out of 5
Series: N/A



Libby 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 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. 


This book was amazing! Definitely my favourite by Gillian Flynn’s published work so far. 

This book is about a woman named Libby whose family was murdered on the night of January 2, 1985 in their farm home, where Libby and her brother, Ben survived.  25 years later Libby is trying to find out more about the night of her families murder after receiving a letter from a man, Lyle who’s apart of a secret society called the “Kill Club” where they obsess about popular crimes. The society brews up some questions about that night. Libby hasn’t wanted to remember anything about the night her mother and sisters were murdered and nothing about her brother in prison… but with financial issues she decides to finally look at everything about that night for a price.

This is told in three different perspectives, one in Libby’s in the present, and another of Ben on the night of the murder and of their mother, Patty on the night of the murder.

I love mysteries and I loved this book. There were so many unanswered questions about the night of the murder, which made trying to figure out what the answers were so fun to follow.

The only thing that I still question is how does Libby support herself? After helping the kill Club where she was receiving money but now that her mystery is over how is she supporting herself now? It’s states Lyle and Libby stay friends so does that imply that she now helps out Lyle at the Kill Club for a cut? Or is she back to square one where she is in need of figuring out how she will support herself now.

Other than that, I loved this book and leaving that question open-ended isn’t a big deal I suppose…. It was just such a big deal at the beginning of the story that I would have assumed this question would have been answered as well.

I recommend this book to readers who already love Gillian Flynn’s work and to readers who love adult murder mysteries. Also, for those who enjoy YA murder mystery or just mystery I would definetly recommend venturing to read this book!


Thanks for reading, 
Alexa Talks Books


  1. Dark Places is my favorite Flynn novel too. I prefer it over Gone Girl any day. The movie kept me glued from the first page to the end. Great review

    1. Wasn't it just great! I couldn't put it down either, I wanted to know what happened the night of the murders so bad and everyone was keeping quiet, the suspense! Thank you.


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