Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
8th December 2014
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Flynn is one of the biggest authors of the last year, thanks to the explosion of her novel Gone Girl onto the literary marketplace two summers ago, and the recent adaptation of the novel into a feature film by David Fincher and starring both Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, which received five star reviews all around. As I enjoyed Gone Girl I thought that I would see if Flynn's other novels matched up to the ferocious storytelling and compelling mystery that filled the pages of her best known novel. Dark Places tells the story of Libby Day, who was the sole survivor of the massacre of her mother and two sisters when she was a little girl - a crime her brother was arrested for on the basis of her testimony. The plot of the novel takes place twenty years after the event, when Libby is living on her own, surviving on the kind donations of people who have throughout the years given money because of her unfortunate circumstances. But the money is drying up, and with no desire to earn a living she sets on the path to discover what really happened the night her family was killed, with a group of benefactors who are obsessed with the case giving her money for her investigation.
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