This month, as part of my reading authors I would not normally look into/Devillicious Book Club I’ve decided to take on Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. Unlike Franzen, and a good majority of the authors on this list, I don’t have any issue with Flynn personally. The reason she’s on the list at all is because I didn’t really understand the hype that surrounded Gone Girl, nothing about it really struck me as something I would enjoy, I don’t really read crime fiction, or thrillers, but I realize that in order to write a thriller one ought to have a familiarity with the genre. Part of the reason I think Gone Girl didn’t feel to me like the sort of story I wanted to read was because from what I sort of gleaned about it from hearing vaguely about it, everywhere, I sort of got the impression that it was a sort of Franzen-esque lovers quarrel type story and I really wasn’t interested in that. Now of course, much later I’ve come to learn that this isn’t the case at all, but for this particular project that I’m doing I really wanted to go with a bit of a lesser known work or at least lesser talked about work. Dark Places happened to be recommended to me by a close friend, and it happened to also be one of three books currently available by this author and only one of two that isn’t as hyped as Gone Girl.
According to it’s back cover blurb on BN.com Dark Places is about:
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.
Because Dark Places is 43 chapters long, and there are only really 12 post days between Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in February I’ll be reviewing 3 chapters at a time.