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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
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Dec 06, 14

really liked it

** spoiler alert ** This may be my favorite of Flynn's books. Sharp Objects was too much of a gross-out fest for me, although I admired aspects of it. This one certainly had elements of that, but the proportions were better, or something. This book felt more vigorous and a little more anchored in reality. I can't WAIT to see Charlize Theron in the movie version.

Flynn's works do rely on obvious contrivance and coincidence, if you are viewing them as straight-up mysteries. These become more palatable if you are viewing them as horror, and it says a lot, to me, that Stephen King is such a big fan. And she sells these devices really well with atmosphere, voice and the way the characters comment on what is going on. "Isn't that a big coincidence? Why yes it is." But in this book, one final one really stuck in my craw, and that was how the mother acted. She did something so dumb and apparently heedless of her children that I started talking to the book. "No, no no! Why did you do that? There were so many other ways you could have done this!" Did the book really need for it to happen that way? I'm not sure and I felt kind of cheated by that solution.
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Barb It's good, mainly for its portrayal of the damaged Libby. The mystery of what happened to her family is well-paced. I didn't really notice how far-fetched the solution was until the day after I finished it. I listened to an audio version; it kept me well entertained as I did household chores.


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