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Most Helpful Favorable Review

51 out of 59 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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35 out of 84 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Dark Places

    I could barely finish it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Whomp whomp whomp....

    This book started from the bottom and crawled under a rock and died by... The End. Seriously it was a very well written disappointment. Anything that was remotely intriguing in the beginning became a tedious snoozer. Not my cup of tea. I don't recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    read gone girl over this book! I LOVED Gone Girl so I went and b

    read gone girl over this book! I LOVED Gone Girl so I went and bought dark places. The book is literally "dark" and depressing. A mystery until the end, but Gone Girl was definitely more interesting and exciting.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    I've read gillian flynns book and enjoyed them. This book leave

    I've read gillian flynns book and enjoyed them. This book leaves me very dissapointed.
    it is not what I expected from this author. I would not recconend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    A little dissapointed........

    I read this book because I had just finished reading Gone Girl, which I loved. But this one is simply not as good as her other books. Not by a long shot! I regret buying it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    recommended

    not quite a page turner, but I want to read it to the end to find out what happens!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Will

    The things people make rps of -,-

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    It was just okay. Having read Girl Lost I was expecting somethi

    It was just okay. Having read Girl Lost I was expecting something as gripping, with equally detailed character development. What I found was characters I really did not care much about; it did not help that they were pretty gross or even really gross. The male character the reader is supposed to care about can hardly deserve sympathy. I'm glad I read Girl Lost first because if I had read Dark Places first I would have likely skipped another book by this author.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2009

    sucked

    slow, boring end,The civer was what caught my eye. New novelest will not choose again/

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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