Dark Places

Gillian Flynn

fiction mystery
dark mysterious fast-paced

349 pages | first published 2009

From The #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Of Gone Girl

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice" of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

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Moods

dark 97%
mysterious 79%
tense 69%
emotional 34%
sad 20%
challenging 13%
adventurous 5%
reflective 4%
funny 1%

Pace

medium 59%
fast 23%
slow 17%

Strong character development?

Yes: 54% | It's complicated: 24% | No: 21%

Loveable characters?

No: 53% | It's complicated: 42% | Yes: 2% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 87% | Yes: 7% | N/A: 4% | It's complicated: 1%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 1% | N/A: 1% | No: 1%

Average rating

3.79