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This is a thriller with a very dark edge, sinister and gripping. Was Libby’s brother, Ben, really responsible for the murder of their parents and will the truth be more painful to bear? A compelling read.

Now a major motion picture starring Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Christina Hendricks.

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If you like Gillian Flynn you might also like to read books by Helen Fitzgerald, Lucie Whitehouse and Liane Moriarty.


Dark Places by Gillian Flynn


Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars. Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben's innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never fared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother's? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back? She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day ...especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find. Who did massacre the Day family? 'Wonderful ...eerily macabre' Guardian


'Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre' -- Stephen King

'Gillian Flynn's writing is compulsively good. I would rather read her than just about any other crime writer' -- Kate Atkinson

'With her blistering debut Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn hit the ground running. Dark Places demonstrates that was no fluke' -- Val McDermid

About the Author

Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri to two community-college professors—her mother taught reading; her father, film. For college, she headed to the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks), where she received her undergraduate degrees in English and journalism.

After a two-year stint writing about human resources for a trade magazine in California (ask her anything about work-life benefits or employment law), Flynn moved to Chicago. There she earned her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and discovered that she was way too wimpy to make it as a crime reporter.

On the other hand, she was a movie geek with a journalism degree—so she moved to New York City and joined Entertainment Weekly magazine, where she wrote happily for 10 years, visiting film sets around the world (to New Zealand for The Lord of the Rings, to Prague for The Brothers Grimm, to somewhere off the highway in Florida for Jackass: The Movie). During her last four years at EW, Flynn was the TV critic (all-time best TV show: The Wire).

Flynn’s debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. It has been published in more than 20 countries. Movie rights have been sold; Flynn is currently writing the screenplay adaptation.

Flynn lives in Chicago with her husband, Brett Nolan, and a giant black cat named Roy.

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28th January 2016


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Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


448 pages


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