Dark Places


“Dark Places” cover courtesy of Google Images.

Janine Jones, Copy Editor

Hello friends,

I’m back and I’m better, and I want you to read this book as bad as ever.

This week we journey into the darker side of humanity. Why, you ask? Because I was feeling dark and twisty, and I have got to keep you on your toes.

For those of you who have read and/or seen Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl – this is a chance for you to see how crazy talented (emphasis on the CRAZY) she is as an author with another one her books, Dark Places.

The book has been adapted into a movie so if you prefer to watch the crazy than to read it, by all means, watch the trailer and if you feel inclined to spend the three to four dollars on the movie that is up on various sites like YouTube, iTunes, Amazon video, etc., please do. I’ll also add in that the main character is played by goddess, Charlize Theron, there are other actors like Nicholas Hoult and Chloe Grace Moretz, but Charlize is more important, therefore I have made the executive decision to bless one of my future children with her name (sorry future husband, I hope you’ll understand). Since I haven’t seen this movie yet, I will not be able to tell you whether or not it lives up to the absolute GREATNESS that is the book, but Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 25% on the Tomatometer, so take that however you’d like.

I’d also like to mention that the movie features this guy as Ben Day.

Corey Stoll portraying Ben Day in the "Dark Places" movie.
Corey Stoll portraying Ben Day in the “Dark Places” movie.

He literally only seems to play bad guys, except for the time when he was in This Is Where I Leave You, but he was great in that, so I forgive him. He plays the villain so well EVERY TIME, and I hyperventilate in excitement when I see him in a movie.

Dark Places revolves around the character Libby Day, who is the lone survivor of a massacre in made up rural town, Kinnakee, Kansas, that involved Libby witnessing her brother, Ben, kill her mother and 2 sisters in some supposed Satanic ritual (freaky, I know). Around the 25th anniversary of the massacre, Libby meets a group of misfit investigators who believe that Ben is innocent and are trying to get him released and want her help with said mission, since it was her testimony that put Ben in jail in the first place. She agrees to help them try and find out the truth behind what happened that night, but only because she needs the money (same, girl).

The story is told in flashbacks and bounces between points of view from members of the Day family – Libby, Ben, and Patty, their mother. All these perspectives paint a bleak picture of an incredibly poor family living on a farm, but let’s also add in marital abuse, troubled teenagers, and a bunch of death.
This week’s playlist is a pretty good reflection of the feelings you’ll get while reading this book.