Dark Places

Dark Places - Gillian Flynn Libby Day’s family was the perfect picture of the “poor family from the wrong side of the tracks”. Dad disappeared after running the family business – the farm that is now in foreclosure – into the ground. Mom tries to keep their heads above water but it’s all proving to be too much for her. The only thing she can do at the end every day is fall into bed and hope she has the energy to do it all over again the next morning when she wakes up. When Libby’s older brother Ben is accused of inappropriate behavior with an 8 year-old at school it seemed like that would be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Of course, things can always get worse – in January 1985 Libby’s mother and two sisters are murdered, she escaped the same fate by hiding and her brother Ben was the only suspect.

We meet Libby when she is thirty years old. She is a very dysfunctional; she lives like a hermit and has just found out that she is broke. With no training and no prospects for employment in the near future she jumps (reluctantly) on an opportunity when it presents itself. The “Kill Club” has offered her a speaking fee to appear at their annual meeting. This begins the quest for truth that Libby has tried to avoid her entire life.

Not many authors can pull it off successfully but Ms. Flynn has mastered telling a story from various perspectives and in various voices. She does it as well in this book as she did in Gone Girl. Libby always moves the story along in the present as we follow along on her journey to discover the truth behind the murders of her family. Her story is interspersed with voices from the past; her mother and her brother. Each narrator’s section moves us forward in the book as well as in the mystery until the two stories converge at the end. Excellent who-dun-it and so much more.