A little darkness flowing along nicely

Dark Places - Gillian Flynn


"I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges."



I liked the book - the story unfolds slowly, you follow Libby researching what has happened and get the story of what had happened in installments in between teh Libby episodes. The past story follows the other Day family members through their last day.


It's a classic whodunnit. very nicely written - you feel with the characters, you even come to like Libby even though she is portrayed as selfish and a slob and using people for her needs. 


All in all, enjoyable even if the end fell a little short (a little too construed for me). Good for a long flight or (in my case) a sick day. Good book for what it is - nice little thiller.