24 February 2016

Dark Places - another Gillian Flynn book


Dark Places was the third book of Flynn that I read. And I found it slow paced. I was going to say something nasty about it but then its ending happened.

Welcome to another book review.

“The Days were a clan that mighta lived long
But Ben Day’s head got screwed on wrong
That boy craved dark Satan’s power
So he killed his family in one nasty hour
Little Michelle he strangled in the night
Then chopped up Debby: a bloody sight
Mother Patty he saved for last
Blew off her head with a shotgun blast
Baby Libby somehow survived
But to live through that ain’t much a life
—SCHOOLYARD RHYME, CIRCA 1985” 

The story is about Libby Day, the only survivor horrendous massacre happened 25 years ago. Her mother and two sisters were brutally killed, according to Libby's testimony, the murderer was Libby's older brother Ben, who was just 15, accused of being a Satan worshiper. Almost 25 years later of that accident, a 32-year old Libby runs out of money that had been donated to her by her well-wishers over all those years and now she is looking for a new source of income. She settles on helping the Kill Club, a group of people obsessed with notorious crimes & women who believe in Ben is innocent, to investigate the murders again, of course only to earn money.

When Libby starts investigating and reconnects with her jailed brother and father in order to solve a crime she believes has already been solved. But it's only a starting. There are so many things she is going to learn about the murders, about her family, and about her own self. And things will get creepy.

Here's some art I made for the book that goes v well for this week's #ohjournaletc

"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."

Libby Day, is an ungrateful & unlovable adult who has no power to do anything. She stays in her bed, has nightmares, has a very low self-esteem and absolutely no motivation to do anything. At some point, I wanted to step into the words and shake her to tell her to wake up and do something. It was like watching a person wasting her life in front of my eyes and I couldn't do anything. I like the protagonists fierce, full of energy to make things possible. But her past was so horrible I forgave her.

“I am, I guess, depressed. I guess I've been depressed for about twenty-four years. I can feel a better version of me somewhere in there - hidden behind a liver or attached to a bit of spleen within my stunted, childish body - a Libby that's telling me to get up, do something, grow up, move on. But the meanness usually wins out.”

There are so many characters in the book and almost all of them are pathetic, utterly pathetic. You read about them and you realize your life is much better. The Day family is poor, the kind of poor that makes you feel bad about them. They're a farmer family with absolute no money, a weak mother and a drunk father. A brother accused of satanic worshipping

Day kids have an aunt Diane, a badass woman I really loved. She's the kind of aunt I'd like to be: strict, fun and a person who buys her nieces and nephews all kind of stuff they like.

The book is absolute dark, just like any other Gillian Flynn book. Darker than Gone Girl but less than Sharp Objects. It's a chilling crime story that messes up with your mind. Gillian knows how to take you to the point where you can believe you instincts and not believe them at the same time. She will do everything to make her characters bad but you will still not hate them but maybe sympathize with them and wish you could save a few of them.


And now let me talk about the ending of the book:
It's not a spoiler but a feeling. It made me feel like someone took my heart and crushed it. Like nasty kids crush a flower underneath their feet. It's TOTALLY unexpected and will surely make you question: WHY!?

Have you read this book? What was the last book you read?
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