Mixing things up here at Off The Press— Sharing some favorite
‘oldies’ in the booksphere (with publication dates at least 5 years ago).
Today’s throwback is my favorite book by one of the OGs in psychological thrillers.. possibly one of my favorite books of all time…
I give you..
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Pub Date: May5 , 2009
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 3.92
Off The Press Rating: 5.0
Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: You can’t deny that Gillian Flynn is one of our most talented modern authors in the thriller genre. Many (including myself) really feel that she was the ‘trendsetter’ for this new wave of psychological thrillers. I have been thoroughly impressed with every one of her novels, but this one is probably my favorite (it’s still a super hard decision..but I really loved this one). The background knowledge that went into writing this novel was quite extensive… the book touches on many different serial killers in history and there were many times that I would branch off to a search engine and do a little reading on the mentioned serial killer before continuing on with the novel.. which was really fun! One of my most highly recommended books, for sure!
Check it on on Goodreads HERE.
A quick thought on the movie adaptation— Definitely worth watching if you enjoyed the book. Charlize Theron plays the MC and while that isn’t exactly how I pictured her… she did a great job with the character, in my opinion. Some intense language, so not a ‘family night’ movie by any means, but this is Gillian Flynn.. surely you were expecting as much.