I really enjoyed this author's last novel "Sharp Objects" and so was interested in reading her new one. This one did not disappoint: it's a frightening story of murder and mayhem, and reminds one of the brutal farmhouse killings written about in Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood". This massacre, however, has a survivor, a 7 year old,whose court testimony sends her teen-age brother to jail for life.
25 years pass, and a now almost penniless woman decides to make some money by assisting a club that tries to free killers by delving into her past and interviewing many people involved in the horror of the past. The action goes quickly, and the book alternates from the today of the protagonist to the past of the victims and the accused killer.
Without giving any more of the plot away, I must confess that the ending really surprised me, but it is certainly in keeping with the facts of the story as revealed in the previous chapters. This is one of those books that keeps you up reading much longer than you had intended, for you just want to know what is going to happen next.It's excellent, and I highly recommend it!
Flynn's novel has the effect of blunt force trauma. With icy precision and an eye for the consequences of poverty and despair, this novel hums with discordance and the chronic misery of a family mired in unhappiness. In January, 1985, Libby Day is the survivor of a family massacre, at seven years old the only witness to the murder of her mother and two sisters on their Kansas farm. Libby's brother, Ben, has spent the last twenty-five years in jail for what an avid press describes … more
For 25 years, Libby Day has avoided revisiting her memories of the horrendous night in which she heard someone murder her mother and sisters. It was her own testimony, as a 5 year old, that sent her older brother to prison for life. Now Libby is barely functioning as an independent adult. She desperately needs money, and agrees to consult with a club of murder groupies who believe her brother is innocent. It isn't long before everything she is forced to re-examine everything she knows is true. And … more
Libby Day was 7 years old when her brother murdered her mother and two sisters. Libby has spent 25 years believing that, and not particularly caring about it, but now she is finally starting to question what really happened on the night her family was killed-- not because of any curiosity of her own but because she has run out of money to live on and the only way she has of making money is by finding out information for a fan group that is obsessed with notorious crimes. First … more
This is one of those books that pulls you in from the very first page; in this case a poem about the murders of the family. The poem is catchy in itself and reminds me of many form my own school days. Then you delve into Libby Day (the sole survivor years later) and her point of view. Right off I was addicted but also, dementedly, wishing the book actually covered that first murder. All was not lost though as flashbacks quickly played from other times and other player's points of view; and Libby … more
Dark Places is a nasty little book in all the right ways. Twenty-five years ago, while seven-year-old Libby Day hid and listened, her mother and two older sisters were massacred in their Kansas farmhouse, a crime for which her brother is serving a life sentence. Now 32, Libby has, in her own words, "a meanness" inside her. She's also blown through every dime of the money donated to her cause after the murders, and has no idea of how she's going to earn her keep until she's … more
Flynn's novel has the effect of blunt force trauma. With icy precision and an eye for the consequences of poverty and despair, this novel hums with discordance and the chronic misery of a family mired in unhappiness. In January, 1985, Libby Day is the survivor of a family massacre, at seven years old the only witness to the murder of her mother and two sisters on their Kansas farm. Libby's brother, Ben, has spent the last twenty-five years in jail for what an avid press describes as "The Satan Sacrifice … more
I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more
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