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Gillian Flynn’s DARK PLACES

Libby Day is a survivor, barely. 24 years ago when she was just 7 years-old her family was massacred in her home. Her testimony saw her 15 year-old brother convicted of the

Flynn tells the story from Libby’s perspective in the present day as she tries to piece together what really happened 24 years ago. Libby’s perspective is interspersed with that of her brother’s and mother’s perspectives in the 24 hours leading up to the murder. The lies and those telling them are boundless and everyone seems to have a secret try want to stay buried. Coupled with small town hysteria over rumours swirling around town makes the truth elusive and eventually more shocking than Libby could ever have imagined.

Flynn builds a great sense of foreboding as the backstory gets closer and closer to what really happened while keeping you completely guessing the whole time. Flynn mines the rural underclass so sharply and gets inside the head of each of characters really well. While I wasn’t as disturbed as I was reading Sharp Objects this book is still very dark (as the title suggests) but in a creepy and brilliantly original way.

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ISBN: 9780753827031 ISBN-10: 0753827034 Classification: Crime & mystery Format: Paperback (218mm x 130mm x 28mm) Pages: 448 Imprint: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) Publisher: Orion Publishing Co Publish Date: 10-Jun-2010 Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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