The one major positive thing that I can say for this book is that it’s well-written. It’s well-researched, well-planned out, and makes a very large effort to be well-balanced.
The only writing of Dan Savage’s that I’d read before this book was a bit of his Savage Love column, though I’d obviously heard his name around a lot. He’s famous in certain circles for a lot of things, namely writing no-nonsense responses to reader questions (primarily about sex or relationship issues), and more recently for creating an anti-Rick Santorum website.
I totally and absolutely loved this book.
As is the case in Flynn’s other books (Gone Girl and Sharp Objects), the premise of Dark Places is, well … dark. And the narrator, Libby, isn’t exactly sympathic. As a reader, I actually felt kind of guilty that I didn’t sympathize with Libby more.
When this book was released and was nominated in the Audies this year, I decided to listen to it. I then went out to read The Shining first so that I would know what I was getting into (since the book is always a bit different from the movie, I didn’t want to rely on my knowledge of the movie to go on to read Doctor Sleep).
Even though the stories in this collection mostly aren’t about science-related topics, they’re still completely hilarious. This time, Roach takes all kinds of things from her daily life and makes them into little anecdotes, and they’re great. I was in stitches almost the whole time I was listening to her.