#BookReviewBlogChallenge Day 6

#BookReviewBlogChallenge Day 6

Hello and happy Wednesday. The sixth day/prompt of the challenge has for sure been the most challenging to me, since it involves reading a book that has 400+ pages. Of course, the overachiever in me picked a book that has 542 pages even though my average page count is between 200 and 300. I’m doing fine, okay? No need to pressure me. No, but seriously, I’m exactly halfway through the book and so far I’m enjoying it, but since I don’t know when I’ll finish it, I’ll share with you my thoughts “so far.” When I’m done reading, if I remember, I will update you

I started reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn on May 2nd, 2020 and it has grown on me. It’s weird to say something like that about a story that revolves around murder, but well, what can I say? I was weary going into this book because I was mega depressed when I read Gone Girl by this author and I sort of associate that story with that crappy time in my life. This story is completely different, but it does keep elements that I appreciated n Gone Girl, like the plot twists and the horrible characters you (I) end up sort of rooting for. 

If you’re interested in reading this book, don’t read the synopsis because it’s kinda spoilery. There, you’re welcome. I don’t think you need to know anything going into a book, except for the trigger warnings, and in this book like in any other mystery/thriller/true-crime book, you get all of them. When Libby, the main character, was seven years old, her mom and two older sisters were brutally killed in their family farm and her brother Ben was convicted for the murders. Libby testified against him. 

Now here’s why I’ve liked this book so far: we get Libby’s perspective twenty-five years after the murders, but we also get her mom’s and her brother’s from the day before the murders. Libby is broke and to get money she starts helping these people who are obsessed with the murder and believe Ben is innocent. Because the chapters alternate between the past and the present, we get to discover what really happened as Libby gets further into her research. That’s what I like, and I’ve also realized I like novels that have this true-crime feel to them. 

I will give you a more in-depth review once I am done reading this book, and I might share more about the plot, since we haven’t reached the climax yet. How do you like your mystery/thrillers? Let me know in the comments below. 

Happy reading! 

Love, Miss Camila 

4 thoughts on “#BookReviewBlogChallenge Day 6

  1. I’ve heard this one is better than Gone Girl, which wasn’t my favorite, and this one has been on my TBR for a while. I like thrillers that use this present/past device.


    1. I’m into it! It’s pretty long and that’s not my thing since I have to take so many breaks from reading but I think within the mystery/thrillers I’ve read, this one has elements that I’d like to read more of.

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  2. I like thrillers where the author switches between past and present, or writes from two different perspectives. However, sometimes it gets quite confusing and annoying to keep track of the two timelines, esp with longer books where I end up reading the book over couple of weeks.

    Still this has an interesting plotline that I will add to my ever growing TBR pile! 🙂

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    1. I agree! If it’s not done well, it can be confusing, but Gillian Flynn knows how to build her stories in a way that is intricate but easy to follow, if that makes any sense. Let me know what you think!

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