Dark Places

by Gillian Flynn

Quick take

Every Gillian Flynn fan should read this book.

Why I love it

Gillian Flynn’s novels are so much fun to read because her plots are super creepy, yet her deeply flawed characters are still somehow relatable. While Gone Girl is the perfect embodiment of domestic suspense taken to extremes, Flynn's previous novel, Dark Places, is more of a freak show carnival ride of crime fiction. When Libby Day was 7 years old, her older brother killed their family in a ni...


Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in 'œThe 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 t...

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  • Jennifer S.

    Oakton , VA

    "I really enjoyed this well-written book, it kept me guessing the whole time who-dun-it. It was well paced. "

  • Stacy G.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "Grabbed me right away and kept me hooked. Read in 2 sittings. Very different and absorbing book."

  • jessy h.

    boone, CO

    "definitely grabs you and doesn't let go... dark, twisted, and can't put it down"

  • Amelia P.

    Brighton , MA

    "Much better written than Gone Girl and much, much darker. Dark Places actually gave me nightmares. As any good thriller should. 5/5 would recommend to a friend. "

  • Kelli M.

    Port orchard , WA

    "You think you know how the book will end, but you will constantly be surprised. So many twists and turns!"

  • Meredith D.

    Centerburg, OH

    "Super quick read, draws you in! "

  • Aileen D.

    Beverly Hills , FL

    "Love all Jillian Flynn books! "

  • Megan A.

    Kansas City, MO

    "This was a great thriller! It was also really cool to read something partially set in my hometown Kansas City."

  • Danna M.

    Oklahoma City, OK

    "Definitely a wild ride with twists and plot turns. Couldn't put it down."

  • Stephanie S.

    Helena , AL

    "It lives up to its name, but I was sucked in within the first chapter. I don't know how Gillian does it, but even though the main character was not super loveable I was pulling for her the whole time."

  • Clair M.

    Sunnyside, NY

    "Such a wild ride! I loved the brokenness of the characters and how the story continues to unfurl into the last few pages."