Review: Dark Places

Dark Places
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It starts slow, but it ends really well. I’m looking forward to the movie.

My Takeaways from reading this book: In her book “Bird by Bird,” Anne Lamott encourages writers to find our voice by ignoring what people tell us we should not write, and instead to stare into that dark abyss and report back what we see. Flynn does this so well, and her fearlessness is encouraging. She reaches into those uncomfortable areas of society that are often ignored and lays them all over the table with flare.
Flynn’s descriptions continue to be remarkable, but I was more impressed by her accuracy in crafting losers, scam artists, and a poverty stricken family. This immersed me into every scene, and I often found myself thinking, I knew that person in high school. This perpetuated my emotional attachment.
One of the major themes discussed in the novel was hysteria, this, along with the topic of Satanism, reminded me of the “Crucible”. I would have liked to see some allusions to this great literary work.

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3 thoughts on “Review: Dark Places”

  1. I love Flynn’s writing, though I enjoyed Gone Girl more than Dark Places. I have Sharp Objects waiting for me on my bookshelf. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

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    1. I haven’t read “Gone Girl”, but it’s definitely on the list. I thought “Sharp Objects” was much better than “Dark Places”, but it was also more predictable.

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