Dark Places by Gillian Flynn


Dark Places, Gillian Flynn, 2009

My favorite quote: “Coffee goes great with sudden death.”

Notable characters: Libby Day, the woman in search of answers; Ben, her incarcerated brother; Patty Day, their exhausted mother

Most memorable scene: The big reveal — which I can’t disclose.

Greatest strengths: EXCELLENT writing. Every sentence is given genuine thought and care — and it shows.

Standout achievements: Flynn’s penchant for deliciously vile characters whose voices you’ll wish you could get out of your head

Fun Facts: Author Gillian Flynn is a self-described true crime junkie and her idea for the “Kill Club” is based on real-life groups of people who come together to discuss certain crimes. According to Flynn: “The idea for the Kill Club came from wondering what these people would be like if they were actually together at a convention, which is how Libby is introduced to them. It’s like a big underground carnival where they meet, network and swap souvenirs or collectible items.” (Reader’s Digest)

Other media: 2015 film starring Charlize Theron

What it taught me about writing: Don’t hold back. Dark Places has murder, molestation, spousal abuse, bullying, devil worship, drug use, animal abuse, alcoholism, and underage sex — but the overall effect is powerful. Each of these horrors serve as instruments to create a sordid symphony that can’t be ignored.

How it inspired my own work: I read this book while I was writing The Silver Dagger, book two in the vampires of Crimson Cove series — and the “Kill Club” in Dark Places inspired my idea for the “Exterminators” and their meetings in The Silver Dagger.

My rating: 4 of 5

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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