This was really an enjoyable read. Dark places made me think, guess and imagine scenarios in my head, which was fun to do.It is not terribly dark but if you are not used to the genre. you might be disgusted a couple of times throughout the book or hate it (Depend).
The plot/mystery is solid, I got a lot of "aha moment". I like the flashback style the author adapt in the book, However the best part of the book for me was Libby Day. she isn't your typical heroine, she is the opposite . It was entertaining , following her track of thoughts in the story.
Here is a taste of how she operates :
I am a liar and a thief. Don’t let me into your house, and if you do, don’t leave me alone. I take things. You can catch me with your string of fine pearls clickering in my greedy little paws, and I’ll tell you they reminded me of my mother’s and I just had to touch them, just for a second, and I’m so sorry, I don’t know what came over me
My mom never owned any jewelry that didn’t turn her skin green, but you won’t know that. And I’ll still swipe the pearls when you’re not looking
Like i said she is not your normal house-massacre victim. I read some reviews saying the characters weren't built enough. but i disagree i think we know about the characters what we needed to know nothing more, nothing less.
Also i am glad she didn't become a saint by the end of the novel. she lived her whole life being sarcastic, bitter, lazy and probably not there mentally women.
I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.
She will not be able to change easily, but at least she got closure which i think she needed the most to move forward.
Definitely, going to check Gillian Flynn other novels.
The Days were a clan that mighta lived long
But Ben Day’s head got screwed on wrong
That boy craved dark Satan’s power
So he killed his family in one nasty hour
Little Michelle he strangled in the night
Then chopped up Debby: a bloody sight
Mother Patty he saved for last
Blew off her head with a shotgun blast
Baby Libby somehow survived
But to live through that ain’t much a life
SCHOOLYARD RHYME, CIRCA 1985