So I’m back from my workation – which was utter bliss. Even if the weather was slightly bi-polar.
On vacation – I devoured three books by the pool and on the beach. Which in my opinion, is the definition of a perfect vacation. BUT I’m not here to talk about those. Maybe some day when I’m looking to write down some book love.
No, I want to talk about Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.
Now, if you remember me mentioning back in December/January that I was reading Gone Girl also by Gillian Flynn and how it was absolutely owning me, you may understand why I devoured this in under twenty-four hours. If you don’t remember me talking about Gone Girl. Go read now.
Upon finishing Gone Girl – I wanted to read more Gillian Flynn. I had total intentions to but then life got busy and I just couldn’t find time to read anymore. While I was on vacation, I heard that a member of my top 3 celebrities
I would like to bang I am fond of, Nicholas Hoult, had joined the cast alongside Charlize Theron.
Put a member of my top 3 (George Clooney, Robert Pattinson, Nicholas Hoult in case you’re curious) in a movie and I need to read the book. Regardless of whether it’s a children’s book or in latin. So help me God I will learn latin.
ANYWAY. I’m getting distracted.
This book is seriously, in all aspects, f@cked up. And I would say, it is not for the faint of heart or easily offended.
Libby Day was only seven when her 15 year old, devil worshipping brother Ben murdered her mother and two sisters in cold blood on January 3rd, 1985 in what became “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” The book takes place in the present, where a seriously messed up thirty-two year old Libby is dealing with the reality that the crowd-funded trust fund she’s been living off since the murders is about to run out, with chapters in between taking us back to 1985, the day of the murders, as told from Libby’s mother Patty Day and brother Ben Day’s POV.
Things get interesting when twenty-two year old Lyle Wirth approaches Libby about a secret society, the “Kill Club”, he is a part of, that is obsessed with notorious crimes and seeking justice for those wrongfully accused. As you’ve probably guessed, it is questioned whether Libby’s testimony at age 7 against her brother, was in fact valid.
This book reminded me of a dark episode of Criminal Minds meets Dexter and I loved it. As someone who normally only reads novels with some resemblance of a love story – this book was out in left field for me but was still, pleasantly an intensely awesome read. Till the very last pages (much like Gone Girl) I needed to know if everything was as it seemed. I had my own theories on the who the killer really was and there were plenty of WTF moments to keep me turning the pages as quickly as possible.
While I only rated 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads – it’s only because I’m VERY protective of my stars. If I don’t like a book, it get’s one star. If I like it a lot – it gets 3.
So yes – want to visit a dark place for a weekend? Pick this book up stat.
I mean, Bella just couldn’t put it down.
x C x