While on spring break vacation to Bermuda, I finished another book that will serve as inspiration for my novel-in-progress: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.
While I loved Flynn’s runaway success Gone Girl (the book, not so much the movie), I found the characters in Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects a little too unlikable for my taste. Dark Places lands in between the two, with characters I can at least feel empathy for, even if their lives are unsavoury. And the who-done-it aspect made it hard to put down, with several characters vying in my mind for the role of murderer.
With each of Flynn’s novels progressing talent-wise, I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.
My main writing takeaway:
Sometimes it’s good to have readers already know the truth behind a character’s lie. Suspense is then built not by having the readers wonder what the truth is, but by having them wonder why the character lies.