Crown Publishing Group Dark Places (Reprint) (Paperback)
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Libby's character was such a conundrum to me - yes, she's a victim of a horrendous crime. She was virtually orphaned at a very young age. Still, her quirks and ticks confused and baffled me at times. Toward the end, she became more human, so I recognize that during the time she was growing as a person. However, I never felt a connection to her at all.
Ben was one character that I actually felt for a little. During the parts of the book that are about him, it was almost as if his life was something that was happening to him, rather than something that he was experiencing and a part of.
The character that most confused me, though, was Diondra. I felt like her character didn't quite fit with her own background story, if that makes sense. She was a spoiled little rich kid. Her parents let her live in a "spare" house and sent her money and she'd go shopping on end. Yet, she was doing ridiculous amounts of drugs, treated her boyfriend terribly, and didn't care about her health situation. It just doesn't fit together.
Dark Places was really interesting and kept me guessing the entire time - not only "whodunnit," but what it the world actually even happened that fateful day. It also was incredibly depressing. The way the Day family lived before the massacre. The way that Libby lived as an adult. Runner's entire life. If the mystery portion hadn't been so strong, I may not have been able to finish this one. I generally do not gravitate to anything depressing, and this one really made it hard to see the light.
However, I did just find out that this was made into a movie, so I will be needing to see that, for sure!
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