Have you ever decided to read a book based on who the author is? I have several times. My most recent choice was Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, author of the best-seller Gone Girl. I loved the twists and turns of Gone Girl and the change in narrative throughout the novel, so I decided to try Dark Places.
Dark Places is, well, dark. The story is about some violent murders that happened twenty-some years ago in the middle of nowhere on a farm. A mother and two children are murdered and only two children survive. One is the suspected killer. The other is very young and testifies against her older brother. Flash to the present and the young survivor is depressed and broke. She decides to run errands for a local club that meets to talk about old crimes and theories. The club tries to convince her that her testimony so many years ago was wrong. The story spirals from there onward.
The story is full of unexpected twists and turns. Flynn is really amazing as a writer, because she can twist a story so many times that it makes you confused about what’s going on, but not confuse you so much that you can’t keep up with the storyline. The change in narrative keeps you at the edge of your seat. Flynn is the queen of cliffhangers.
Although a little gruesome at parts and jumpy (how can a book make you jump?), the story is one that stays in your head until you finish the book. I had a couple of days where I just didn’t have the time to read and my mind was constantly wondering what was going to happen next.
I haven’t seen the movie and I’ve heard that it wasn’t as well made as Gone Girl was, but I would definitely recommend the book. Do you have favorite authors that you would read just because they wrote it? Tell me about it in the comments!
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