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Most Helpful Favorable Review

56 out of 65 people found this review helpful.

Dark Places SHINES!!

This is one of the better authors that I've read in quite some time. Often the assumption with dark material is that it's made out to shock and to create a sense of morbid interactions among the main characters, but this is anything but. The story swallows you and leave...
This is one of the better authors that I've read in quite some time. Often the assumption with dark material is that it's made out to shock and to create a sense of morbid interactions among the main characters, but this is anything but. The story swallows you and leaves you gasping for air. The characters are fully developed and allow for you to care for their outcomes. Finally, I felt for the characters!! I found myself stopping at the end of each chapter, thinking, and then continuing on to see what the next one would unravel; digging deeper and deeper into the reasons behind the violent murders that took place almost 25 years prior. It's an intense read, but very captivating. I would recommend this book and the author to my demographic (23 years old) in a heartbeat. So, stop reading this review and buy the thing already. It's that good.

posted by BRICK-0_8 on June 18, 2009

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40 out of 90 people found this review helpful.

Darker than I could handle...

Talk about dark. I understand dark places, though mine are nothing like Libby's, and I thought I could handle this because it doesn't usually bother me. It wasn't Libby's 'darkplace' that got to me. It was the overall darkness of the book. And it really is too vulgar an...
Talk about dark. I understand dark places, though mine are nothing like Libby's, and I thought I could handle this because it doesn't usually bother me. It wasn't Libby's 'darkplace' that got to me. It was the overall darkness of the book. And it really is too vulgar and coarse for anyone with any kind of moral sensibility. So why did I keep reading?! For the worst reason of all - curiosity as to what really happened. I may have done myself harm because of curiosity! The who-dunnit aspect of the story is what kept me going, in spite of the language and sex and gruesome violence. Saying I 'liked' the book isn't quite right - more fascinated in that car wreck kind of way. None of the characters were likable - they were pitiable. I could understand why they were twisted and warped and lacking character. I suppose it is better - more realistic - that Flynn didn't try to redeem them, or make miraculous character-turn-arounds. Libby actually DOES turn around, as much as someone as damaged as she is probably could.

The sad thing is to realize that there are children out in the world today who are in just as much need and trouble, who are falling through the cracks, just like the Day children in this story. Is it because of the poverty, or the ignorance? Those definitely play a role. How about a woman, a mother, stretched so far beyond her capabilities that she can't cope? Definitely. All are hard realities in this story and in real life.

Wouldn't recommend this book to anyone for fear that I might be an accomplice in harming them. I think that the dark things that she talks about in this book isn't something that just anyone can handle. My self included.

posted by Starluv9227 on May 6, 2010

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