When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent. Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder?
Libby must delve into her family's past to uncover the truth - no matter how painful.
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Von BikerJoe Am hilfreichsten 07.03.2016
Unusual Crime Story with a Special Touch
Flynn is a terrific story teller and even if Flynn's “Gone Girl Gone” is more refined in some aspects, “Dark Places” is a fascinating book and it has already the typical Flynn touch, readers enjoyed so much in “Gone Girl Gone”.
Libby, a young woman with some serious problems sets out to solve a murder mystery, which overshadowed her whole life and made it nearly impossible for her to get back to some normality. 20 years ago her mother and 2 sisters were cruelly murdered and her testimony was crucial in sending her brother Ben to prison for life. She knows very well that some of what she told as a young child to the police and later to the court was not completely true.
The story unfolds slowly and we immerse into the stuffiness of small town America in the sixties. There is the hunger for life of pubescent children, the poverty and misery of small farmers struggling with the change of the economy, there are drugs, alcohol and violence and all of that culminates in the brutal murder of a woman and 2 small girls.
The prose matches the story perfectly and the narrative structure supports the concept of uncovering old secrets. History is told in third person while current events are told in the first person by Libby.
It is a great read and even if the story is full of cruelty and violence, there is also some humor to be found now and then.
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