Libby Day has been unlucky her entire life. Her father repeatedly ran out on her family, and then her two sisters and mothers were mysteriously murdered in the family farmhouse when she was only 7 years old. With the help of her own testimony, her brother was convicted and put in prison, and that was that. Libby then proceeded to live on donated money–until now. After 25 years, there’s only a few hundred dollars left and she doesn’t know what to do. Soon, she is located by the Kill Club (a group obsessed with notorious murderers) with an offer to pay her for details of her own experience at a convention. Libby reluctantly agrees to attend the event with the intention of selling a few belongings and soon finds herself faced with people who are convinced that her brother was wrongly convicted. Looking for a way to support herself, she agrees to meet up with different people from her past in an attempt to uncover the truth– for a price. Soon, she finds herself in the midst of a dangerous situation and face to face with her past. Find the book here or at your local library.
It’s hard to say which book I enjoyed more– Dark Places or Sharp Objects. This one definitely didn’t cause me to squirm quite as much, and I think that it’s because it lacked the psychological instability that Sharp Objects did. That said, it moved at a slower pace but was brought together full circle in an unsuspecting way. Being familiar with Flynn’s other work lead me to expect a twist, but her talent lies in continuing to surprise you even when you think you have it figured out.
Interestingly enough, the movie came out last year, so it might be something I’ll be watching this weekend.
Have you read this book? What did you think?