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Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

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Author: Gillian Flynn / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 10 June 2010 / Genre: Crime & Thriller / Publisher: Orion Publishing Co / Title: Dark Places / ISBN 13: 9780753827031 / ISBN 10: 0753827031

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      16.01.2014 20:18
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      Stunning mystery

      Having read Gillian Flynn's massive bestseller 'Gone Girl' I eagerly devoured this book in hopes of a repeat of tight plotting and completely clever plot twists, alongside well-drawn characters, whom I didn't necessarily have to like. Frankly, I wasn't disappointed.

      This is one of the best modern novels I have ever read - it tells the story of Libby Day, delving reluctantly into the mystery of her mother and two elder sisters' deaths by the hand of her brother when she was just seven. There's something morbidly fascinating about the set-up of these murders, an oddly compelling plot, even under the hand of a mediocre writer.

      However written by someone who knows just how to write, and to write well, this becomes a novel that you will be compelled to read in one setting. Even rereading, when there are no surprises remaining, is worth it - an unusual fact in thrillers - because the characters are so interesting, the tight plotting is so interesting even after all is revealed.

      Each chapter constantly shifts between 1985 and the present day, which can annoy if you like a straight, consistent narrative. Despite that, I think, you will enjoy the book anyway: each chapter whether in the past or the present advances the reader's view of the story and of the truth about who really murdered Patty, Michelle and Debby Day on January 2 1985.

      I have recommended this novel to all of my friends and can only say that it is a crying shame that Gillian Flynn has not written a sequel (as yet). With a character as interesting as narrator Libby Day, she has achieved something quite remarkable.

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