It actually took me a few times starting it to really jump into the book. It is a lot darker than Gone Girl. Reading about dead children is never a light read. The story and the mystery was what had me hooked. One of the things I love about Flynn's writing is that the characters aren't wrapped up with prettly little bows at the end of the book. People are flawed. Also, she doesn't approach love and romance like so many other authors.
As soon as I finished Dark Places, I downloaded Sharp Objects. I read it super quick. Sharp Objects was as dark as Dark Places, if not more so. Both were thrilling reads with main characters that were understandable, relatable, yet so screwed up that you wanted to read more.
I stayed up later than usually just so I could finish Sharp Objects. I needed something new to take its place. Texas Mrs. posted yesterday that the book What Alice Forgot was one of her February Favorites. I'm now a few chapters in and it's a hit. I've read a few of Liane Moriartys other books and have liked them also.
Have you read any great books recently?