About a month and a half ago, when Nick was in a book buying mood and I couldn’t decide on just ONE book to download, we headed to the local bookstore (that I may just happen to work at) and shopped around. After hearing rave reviews for Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl I decided to start off with (paperback) Dark Places.
I was stunned. The narrative switches between three main characters and the voice in these sections is amazing. In a lot of novels that deal with different perspectives it’s obvious that they’re all being written by the same writer. The same could be said for Flynn, however, the voice is done deliberately because the three characters are related. Considering what happens to the family, it feels darkly touching that their thoughts are this similar.
The most impressive feature of the story is the pacing. I’ve seen it way too many times (and written it myself even more) that authors try to force as much information on you as possible because they have sooooo much to tell you! Flynn sucks us in at the beginning of each chapter and then leaves us hanging at the end. We’re forced to read on, even in the middle of the night, even when we’re babysitting a two year old and know that we’re going to be up in three hours. And then once we put the book down we’re completely on edge about what our family members are up to and did I just hear a creak outside my bedroom door?!
Maybe that’s just me.
My English professor loved the quote, “A good ending should be surprising and inevitable” and Flynn’s novel succeeds at both. This is definitely a must read. And I wrote this all without the novel in front of me because I left it in Nebraska for my sister to read, that’s how good it was…though now she’ll probably be very suspicious of me…