on January 1st 1970
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
This book made me physically ill. I loved it. I did like Dark Places just a bit more as I was more into the whole “satanic panic” theme, but this book actually gave me stomach aches at times. And I honestly cannot think of another book that has done that to me. At times I found the main character’s choices to be a little frustrating. I felt like I would have gone about doing things a little differently. But when I got the end, I understood why she did what she did. I rated it 4 stars only because there were a few parts where I felt the pacing was off. The story would speed way up and feel very fast-paced and I felt like I had to finish it. But then all of the sudden it would slow way, way down and I almost got bored. I am glad I pulled through, but I felt like the pacing could have been a little better.
Overall I really enjoyed this one (when it wasn’t making me ill). And this was the last Gillian Flynn book that I had not yet read. So now I am all caught up with what she has published!