Dark Places

The author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (http://gillian-flynn.com/, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gillian_Flynn#Books) has also written this rural noir thriller which will entertain you. Dark Places (2009)¬†has a¬†summary is as follows. Libby Day was just seven years old when her Satan-worshipping older brother massacred her entire family while she hid in a cupboard. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over twenty years on the proceeds of the ‘Libby Day fund’. But now people have moved on, the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance at a club, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary club – the Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders and swap gruesome memorabilia. And what Libby doesn’t know is that most of the members of the Kill Club think her brother Ben is innocent. Interwoven into Libby’s story are the events of Jan 2nd 1985, the day of the murders. Ben is a social misfit. His family is extremely poor, and his father Runner is violent, gambles and disappears for months on end. But Ben does have a girlfriend – a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra and through her, Ben gets involved with a group of shady characters who use drugs and experiment in the dark arts. Then two traumatic events take Ben over the edge. In a¬†complex interwoven plot, Gillian Flynn keeps the reader constantly reassessing what might have happened.¬†Set against a deeply unsettling portrait of small town prejudices and intense poverty, Flynn’s writing will keep you guessing right up to the end. To enjoy this thriller enquire at your local library or consult¬†http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Places-Gillian-Flynn/dp/0753827034/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444889037&sr=8-1&keywords=flynn+dark+places for full bibliographic detail.

 

448 pages in Weidenfeld & Nicolson

First published 2009

ISBN 978-0753827031

 

Gillian Flynn

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