Friday, November 29, 2013

Inner Beaty Friday - Book Club!


It is Friday and time for Book Club - I will be linking up with Heather from Blonde...Undercover Blonde


This week I read "Dark Places" by Gillian Flynn.  She also wrote "Gone Girl" which I really liked, and both of these books are being made into movies that will come out next year.  These books are the type in a way that I feel lend them well to movies...but we shall see, literally.
Dark Places
Here's the Synopsis from - "Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer."
 My thoughts - Well that synopsis pretty much sums it up.  I will say I liked it I think in part because the main character and I would be the same age, and her descriptions of the 80's "Devil worship" hysteria was so dead on that it made to the story more real to me.  I guess because I grew up in the Midwest too - I could just picture the everything really clearly.  I'm not big on murder mysteries but Gillian Flynn makes them more palatable to me.
Do you have a favorite mystery writer?


  1. I'm actually not really a fan of modern mystery novels, but I think I'll give this one a go. I really enjoyed Gone Girl, so perhaps this one will be a great read as well. It sounds quite dark, so it will be a good read for one of the upcoming holiday nights! ^_^
    Thanks for the lovely review!

  2. I love Gillian Flynn books. I also read Sharp Objects which you should check out.

  3. I really liked Gone Girl, so maybe I'll pick this up--it sounds riveting!