Monday, October 29, 2012

Blogger Book Club October - Dark Places

This was the second month I was able to attend blogger book club and again I had a blast.  Diana hosted for October in Oak Park so I made the trek down there for the afternoon.  Oak Park seems like a great neighborhood and I saw a lot of people out walking and running on my drive through.

The food was delicious once again.  Some of my favorites were this great Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa (made by Christina) and a Maple Butternut Squash & Apple Casserole (made by Jeni), but everything was else was delicious too.  

This month, we read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

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Dark Places is a mystery thriller type of novel and towards the end definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.  Libby Day is the survivor of a murder that left her mother and two older sisters dead.  With the help of some convincing from the police and psychiatrist she fingers her older brother Ben, then age 15, as the murderer.  The story is told from the perspective of Libby 25 years after the murder along with Ben's and her mother's perspective from the day of the murder 25 years ago.  Ben and Patti (the mother) progress the story closer to the time of the murder while Libby digs up more information leading her closer to the truth of what happened that night.  With the help of the Kill Club (a group that researches unsolved murders), Libby hunts down people from her past to learn the full story of her life back then.

Gillian Flynn does an excellent job of foreshadowing without giving away the ending. I found myself saying as the book was concluding, "Oh that's why she mentioned XYZ there." The ending will definitely surprise and disturb you.  I wasn't a huge fan of the characters in this book, but I feel like that was part of the author's ploy.  The author definitely has a dark perspective and this is an unusual book to read in that aspect.  But I am looking forward to reading the author's other books, Sharp Objects and Gone Girl.
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