Gillian Flynn is probably better known for being the author of Box Office hit film Gone Girl. Dark Places was her second book. Sharp Objects (which I haven't read yet) was her first. Gone Girl being the third.
As far as the story goes, I really enjoyed it. I liked the idea behind the story and thought that it definitely had the substance to be a good read. My issue was the writing style. Like many other stories by one of my faves (Mr S King, I'm looking at you here), this book took a loooooonnnnnngggg time to get going. I believe it was only when I reached around page 150 ish that I actually felt any connection to the story or its characters. Saying that, I was pretty pleased with how it turned out in the end.
I have heard people complain that the ending felt rushed. I didn't get that. I liked the way it was done. There was only a small inclination earlier on in the story as to how it would end. And when I say small, it was probably better described as minuscule. I have a tendency to be able to predict endings of books and films from quite early on - yet I didn't have this one worked out. I had a "oh yeah" moment when I realised.
All in all, it was a decent book. I'm planning on reading Gone Girl, but not sure if I would go back and read Sharp Objects. Maybe my thoughts will change once I've read GG.
My rating may be different to the one I left on Goodreads, I can't remember what I logged initially... but I have had time (nearly a full month) to think about. This is my final judgement.