Mini Review Monday – Dark Places (Spoiler Free)

Hey everyone! Here I am with another Mini Review Monday created by me, where you write a short review for a book/series you haven’t reviewed on your blog. Because either you read the book before you started blogging or you never got around to it. If you decide to participate in this new meme, please feel free to leave a link to your post in the comments below. Also! Let the people know if it’s a non-spoiler/spoiler review.


Title: Dark Places
Author: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Published: May 5, 2009
Read: August 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.


Happy Halloween!!!

Because of Halloween I thought “why not dedicate my mini review to a mystery thriller book that I loved?”

This was my first Gillian Flynn book and wow I was so impressed by her writing and giving me that ‘edge of the seat’ feel. The book follows Libby Day, main character, whose mother and sisters were murdered when she was only seven. A club who’s obsessed with notorious crimes reaches out to Libby, now an adult, to maybe prove that Ben (Libby’s brother) is innocent. According to Libby age 7, he killed their mom and sisters. Libby says she will be apart of this “opening investigation” IF and ONLY the club pays her. Once Libby decides to take part of the investigations of this club, people from the past come to the present and memories start resurfacing.

One thing I love about this book was that it takes place in the past and present. The past is about everything leading to the murders and the present is about adult Libby.

I enjoyed the setting as well. The murders took place in a small town and at the time of the murders people believed that Satan was possessing people and killing animals. To the town, this was so real that even the police believed it.

I enjoyed the characters, the suspense, and the mystery. I had about 4 theories going on with this book because I was playing detective while reading it and I was still taken by surprise in the end.

“I was not a lovable child, and I’d grown into a deeply unlovable adult. Draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.”

“I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.”

Have you read this? What do you think?


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29 thoughts on “Mini Review Monday – Dark Places (Spoiler Free)

  1. Okay, so far I’ve only seen the Gone Girl movie and read a short story by Gillian Flynn (almost typed Quinn there because I’m so used to adding Jill’s last name on my Twitter account XD). I loved both. Like, mmmmm, mmmm, that suspense, those twists!! So yes, I can see this isn’t a one trick pony by your wonderful enthusiasm about this book. I’m adding it to my pile <3.

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  2. Eeeek! I’m so happy I own this book, it’s always a good thing when you find out you’ve been harboring a jewel of a book lol. This will also be my 1st Gillian Flynn, so yay for that, Great mini review Gretchen! ❤

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  3. Great review Gretchen. I’ve never read any of Gillian Flynn’s books but everyone has been recommending Gone Girl to me, to the point now where I’m wondering if I’ll ever get around to it just because it’s become so over-hyped for me. This one sounds really good though, and the perfect Halloween read as well. Maybe I can start with this one and if I enjoy it go onto Gone Girl! 😀

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  4. This is one of those times where I’ve seen the movie but haven’t read the book. I so wanted to wait until I got around to the book but ended up impulse watching the movie, which I loved a lot. I really want to read the book at some point still though. Great review! 😊

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    • I haven’t watched the movie!!! Just because when I saw the cast and trailer, I was like “yeah no this isn’t going to be a good book to movie adaptation”…I also enjoyed Sharp Objects!!!!! That was another 5 star read for me

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