Reviewing the book brings a whole new level of complexity – you have to give away enough to tempt someone else to pick up your latest favourite, without giving the plot away and providing any spoilers.
So if I could give you a one line review of Dark Objects by Gillian Flynn, I would simply say that I enjoyed if far more than Gone Girl. But it wouldn’t be a very good blog entry if I left it at that…
So I suppose I should explain myself.
Having perused some review of Dark Objects I have found unequivocally that my view is not necessarily a widely held view. And that shouldn’t be surprising, Gone Girl was a phenomenon. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it. I just didn’t love it. I didn’t have the fortune to read it before it was hyped, and so my reading of it was tinged slightly by disappointment when it didn’t live up to expectations. Initially I struggled to get into it, and then a lack of warmth to any of the characters didn’t easily carry me through.
For me, Dark Objects was different. I was immediately hooked, just from the blurb….
Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the ‘Libby Day fund’. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.
Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend – a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family’s past to uncover the truth – no matter how painful…
I wanted to find out what had happened, I wanted to know more about each of the characters. Flynn undoubtedly has a talent for weaving a dark tale, and I found this one entirely gripping.
As with all good thrillers, I had a theory from the beginning. I thought I had figured out exactly what had happened. As it turned out, I hadn’t, but it is Flynn’s clever story crafting that drew me in so deeply.
I don’t want to say anymore for fear of spoiling it. But if you are looking for a page turner, and you are partial to a touch of mystery, then you should certainly put this on your reading list.