Sunday, 24 January 2016

Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Book review Gillian Flynn Dark Places Kindle bedroom cosy
One of the presents Tom got me for Christmas was a Kindle, which has been perfect for me. My office is not in the city centre of Frankfurt, so I have a little bit of a commute to work. When we were looking at flats, we decided to live in the middle of Frankfurt, within walking distance to Tom's work so only one of us had to buy a monthly travel card, and so we were close to our friends, shops, and everything else we needed. It's worked out really well so far and I actually look forward to my commute as I can get stuck into my book with a flask of coffee while flying through the snowy fields on freezing, misty mornings and a mountain backdrop. Yeah, it's quite nice.

The first book I bought on my Kindle was Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I absolutely loved her book Gone Girl and it was well worth the hype (read it if you haven't already!), so I was eager to see what another one of her novels would be like.

I absolutely flew through this book, I mostly only read this on my connecting train which is 25 mins, and managed to finish it after 10 days of work (I started it on a Monday morning and finished it on a Friday evening just as my train reached Hauptwache where I change - perfectly timed!). It's one of those books you can really get stuck into and not want to put down.

The book follows Libby Day, whose family was murdered when she was 7, and the blame placed on her older brother who is in jail. Ever since it happened, she has been thoroughly convinced that her brother is guilty for the crime and has never doubted what she believed happened. However after meeting a few people who try to persuade her that Ben is in fact innocent, she begins to have doubts about the details of that terrible night.

Flynn structures the book so we have 1 chapter of present day Libby, and then a chapter in the past following different family members in the run up to the murders. As you read, more and more pieces of information are revealed, leaving you to constantly guess what actually happened on the farm when the Day family were brutally killed. As with Gone Girl, you can expect another brilliant twist at the end.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it, particularly if you enjoy crime thriller novels or Gone Girl, perhaps not if you're not keen on violence and murders, as it gets quite graphic. Gillian Flynn is a very talented writer, and I love her writing style and the way she develops characters.

If you've read this book, let me know what you think! And if you have any recommendations on what I can read next, I'm all ears :D

Hannah Lane
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