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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
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Jul 20, 2009

it was ok
Read in July, 2009

This book came in highly reviewed as THE book to read for the summer. As a summer read, it is quite satifying; quick, fast-paced, snow-packed. The book started out strong with a unique voice and story--certainly outside the mainstream. The (now adult) survivor of a family killing spree is just trying to cope with her present life still scarred by her past. In a hustle for money, she comes across a citizen group eager to discover the truth about her family's murder and is drawn into their (and her) quest for truth.
While Dark Places started out interesting enough, midway through the author veered into formulaic structure, plot, and writing and sputtered to a less-than-thrilling end.
While certainly worthy of the "thrilling summer read" moniker, it doesn't quite hold up beyond that. That said, I would certainly keep my eye out for Gillian Flynn as the writing and original plot indicates the possibility of greater things.--Brita

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