I am so excited for today! Today marks the first ever Between the Lines link up with Anne at Love the Here and Now. I can’t wait to get in to our discussion questions today for Dark Places. But before we do, I want to share a quick review of this book.
Gillian Flynn has made it pretty clear what types of books she likes to write. She is all about twists and turns to her stories, but she also has a way to make the characters feel real and people you can relate to. I don’t know how she does that, but she does it well and effortlessly.
I don’t think Dark Places had the wow factor that Gone Girl had, but I do think the ending was freaking amazing and totally unexpected. I won’t give the ending away in case you didn’t read this book, but just know that there is a twist near the end that I definitely didn’t see coming.
She was able to not have to work for years after the murders because of the money that was raised. I think that helped fuel her depression and kept her wallowing in the murders. I also think it made her never want to look through her families things and just live in the shadow of the murders as the sole survivor.
Since Libby was known as a victim, she was blinded by the murders and didn’t want to look at her brother as an innocent. She made sure that she believed that he was convicted, but also at age 7 it was hard for her to know the difference between her brother and the actual killer of her mom.
I think Patty did the best she could with what she had. She didn’t have a husband who was there or supportive. She tried to make the best of a failing farm, but farming is difficult work and with 4 kids, it only made it more challenging.
I do think part of her is making excuses, but I do think she did the best she could. It doesn’t help that her husband was never around and was a low life.
Living a life on a farm is hard work. It’s not easy to do and not easy to manage. I think because knowing that farming is such hard work, this could lead to depression and desperation that Patty feels. She feels hopelessness and is unsure of her future. I think that also ends up determining how she wants to end her life.
Life in the heartland is all about family and sometimes those families struggle to make ends meet. This clearly was the case for Patty and her family and unfortunately lead to 3 of their deaths.
Oh Diondra. Her part of the story was something I was not expecting. Her motivation was to control Ben and make him leave his family. She wanted to get out of town almost the minute she met Ben, and that was the plan. Unfortunately, it worked, but not in Ben’s favor.
Her relationship changed him because he ended up taking the fall for her and her part in that night. If they hadn’t been at the house that night, the 2 girls would possibly still be alive. But Diondra was crazy and very much about herself and getting out of town, so that was what motivated them. Her relationship completely changed the way he felt about his family and how he felt about their unborn child. I was not a fan of her relationship with Ben and I couldn’t understand why they were still together when she got pregnant.
Now it is time to linkup!