A seemingly innocuous restaurant gathering gets heated, when each character’s dark pasts are revealed. As each course is delivered, the reader finds themselves drawn into a delicious and dark tale with an irresistible conclusion.
A man revisits his childhood home while attending a funeral. A slew of unwanted memories come flooding back, in a whirlwind of fantastical – and sometimes horrifying – imagery.
“I saw the world I had walked since my birth and I understood how fragile it was, that the reality I knew was a thin layer of icing on a great dark birthday cake writhing with grubs and nightmares and hunger.”
This gritty novel begins with the narrator, and only surviving daughter’s self description of: “I was not a lovable child, and I’d grown into a deeply unlovable adult. Draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.”
Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places takes on this sense of unease as the story catapults back and forth to the night that Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” Libby flees into the frigid January night, and later testifies that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, is the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and Libby revisits what she called the Dark Place. As she joins the Kill Club, a macabre underground society, she is forced to collect testimony from the key players that night. The terrifying events are replayed through the eyes of Libby’s surviving family members–including Ben.
Ultimately, an unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a ruthless killer.
…Grace Brookman finds herself wrapped up in the perfect, self-absorbed New York daydream – until her husband goes out one day and never returns. Suddenly Grace’s life crumbles beneath her, leaving her responsible for everything left behind – including covering for her husband’s disappearance. Leaving evidence of his existence everywhere becomes easier than she has suspected… Until his dark past resurfaces, along with a few other mysterious occurrences, which forces Grace to take things into her own hands once and for all.