“Dark Places” takes the reader to the night the Day family was brutally murdered in their home, leaving the youngest daughter, Libby, to accuse her brother of the crime. Serving a life sentence for the murders, Ben never believed a jury would actually listen to his sister’s obviously coached testimony, and he isn’t the only one. An entire group of people believe Ben is innocent, and have asked Libby to investigate what really happened to satisfy herself that her testimony was correct. Though she feels her memory is right, her need for money drives her to accept the challenge and thrusts her back into the past to learn who really killed her family.
I thought the manner in which the story was told was very original. As a grown up Libby tries to discover what really happened the day her mother and two sisters were brutally killed, we also follow the story of her mother and brother on that same day in the past. Having the stories told concurrently allowed the plot to develop at a pace that kept the reader interested as the entire events of the day come to light. There were some twists and turns that were unexpected, which was refreshing. The writing style was easy to read even though the topic was intense, which made me enjoy the book even more.
I did have a little trouble with Libby’s character because she is very cynical and uncaring for much of the book. But her transformation at the end redeems her. I thought there was a little too much emphasis placed on menial additions that didn’t do anything to push the plot along, but overall the book was good and I would recommend it.