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.