Publisher, Shaye Areheart Books. Publication date. 5 (1st edition). Media type, Print (hardcover). Pages, (hardcover edition). ISBN · · OCLC · Dark Places is a mystery novel by Gillian Flynn published in The novel deals with class. Dark Places book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. From The #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Of Gone GirlLibby D. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl, and the basis for the major motion picture starring Charlize.

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Edgar-finalist Flynn's second crime thriller tops her impressive debut, Sharp Objects. When Libby Day's mother and two older sisters were. Intriguing characters, crazy plot twists, shocks and horrors fuel the Gone Girl author's freak-show carnival ride of crime fiction. Review: Dark Places by Gillian FlynnFlynn's second novel is a wonderful evocation of drab small-town life, writes Laura Wilson.

It seems that the film wanted to give much plainer settings, maybe to not show any alcohol or smoking.

The film hints to Ben sending the love letters to young girls much earlier on. The book then goes further into his relationship with Krissi, showing Ben getting a little too excited by their kiss and having to go into their bathroom, and then later when a teacher catches him getting aroused by her cubbyhole.

The film does not show this. This links to something that happens later in the book which the film also misses out.

In the film, he is called Joseph. In the book, Libby calls Barb, a reporter who wrote a book on the murders, who believes that Ben is innocent, that Libby was coached by the police, and that she thinks that Libby should recant her testimony. In the book, he goes to the compound with Diondra and tells her friends that he has a cut on his face from being in a fight with Tre so that he sounds cool which he actually did by falling off of his bike.

In the film, older Ben tries to connect with Libby by talking about a farm horse.

When Libby leaves the jail in the book, she is thinking about finding some DNA to prove that Ben is innocent. In the book, Ben also tells Libby where to find Runner. In the film, she tracks him down on her own a little later.

In the book, Ben is more freaked out about the pregnancy when we first meet Diondra.

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In the film, he seems excited by it and is even thinking about names. In the book, Diondra downloads Ben loads of new clothes — mostly black and leather. In the book, Libby calls Diane and leaves her a voice message.

She now says that she was lying. In the book, Runner calls Patty a bitch. In the film, there is no letter and no mention of his cancer.

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In the book, Libby remembers Ben being home because of his light being on when the murders happened. In the film, he questions whether Ben killed her because they liked to kill pregnant women, which is less of an emotional response.

In the film, Libby meets her outside of her house and they talk in the car. In the book, Libby dyes her hair back to red. In the book, Libby finds out that Diondra is a missing person by searching for her on a library computer. In the film, Lyle calls Libby to tell her that he has found this out.

In the book, a young Ben, Diondra, and Tye have to burn their clothes after killing the cows. In the film, we just see that they have showered. Diondra then receives the voicemails about Ben and Krissi, so she suggests that they rob his mum so that they can run away together. In the film, Libby goes straight to her house. She thinks this is to do with Krissi, but it is actually the names he has been thinking of for his baby.

She then goes into the bathroom and steals a lipstick. In the film, Libby gets a call from Lyle explaining about the serial killer who has admitted to killing her mum. In the book, Calvin kills Debby with an axe and then shoots Patty in the head with the shotgun after stabbing her.

In the film, there is no axe and he kills them both with the gun. In the book, Libby wakes up to Diondra strangling her and manages to push her off. As an adult, the protagonist of the novel struggles to find meaning in the remains of her life. The plot kicks off when members of a serial killer fanatic fan-club contact Libby imploring her to help them uncover the truth about the past and present facts of the event.

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Through her eyes and through flashbacks, readers watch the characters unravel what really happened to the Day family. One of the things that makes this novel so strong is the alternation of perspectives.

The story is built up of pieces of the present and flashbacks to the past leading up to the massacre. The perspective also switches between key players in the story which challenges the morals and emotions of readers.

The subject matter is already dark, but Gillian Flynn wants to take readers to even more convoluted, dark places. Another strength of this novel is the subtext underneath the scandal.

Under the surface, this novel makes some very important social observations. This novel is very period-savvy; the massacre occurred in the mid s, a time in our reality that was riding on the coat-tails of similar massacres and killings. This novel is an important look at the cruel nature of these crimes and the harmful impact of people who glorify them.

Much like in the novel, there is no shortage of people who contact murderers and victims, collect memorabilia and news clippings, and commemorate these events through conventions.

This novel also touches on poverty, broken families and the social risks of living in a small town where word travels fast and is quickly misconstrued.The whole area hums with their disapproval. When the truth emerges, it s so twisted that even the most astute readers won t have predicted it.

She then later meets him in a bar in the book, but she meets him in the street in the film. I dyed my hair now, a white-blonde, but the red roots had grown in. I had a meeting that afternoon to determine exactly how gone.