Dark Places

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

So I really enjoyed the book Gone Girl, and was interested in Flynn’s other works. I just hadn’t had a chance to read them.

Yeah, I have a giant to-read book list.

So the book is split into three parts: Libby Day in the present, and her mom and brother, Ben, in the past.

When Libby Day was seven, her mother and sisters were brutally murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. The murderer? Her Brother!?!!!

Libby managed to hide and escape the house, hiding in the snow. She lost part of her toes, but had her life-and gained PTSD.

People felt sorry for Libby and donated a lot of money to her, to help her. She has tried to work, but just can’t. Unfortunately, the money has started to run out and Libby is lost at what to do next.

She looks at her “fan mail” and sees an offer to true-crime group’s meeting. For a personal appearance they will give her a big chunk of money.

She calls the guy and sets up a meeting. They discuss it and Libby decides to come. It all turns out to be a big mistake. None of these people believe Ben did it. They all attack her and her testimony.

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Libby becomes so upset she leaves and doesn’t look back.

Afterwards, she starts thinking about it. There is no doubt in her mind that Ben did it, but maybe those guys will pay her to investigate it. To talk to people.

She goes back to the group and they are in. Soon Libby is asking questions, researching, and finding out things she had never realized or thought about. Could she have been wrong? Is Ben innocent?

Hmm…

In both the Mom’s and Ben’s chapters we travel back before the incident. Libby’s mom is trying to make ends meet. She married Michael Day and inherited the family farm. Michael turns out to be a jerk wad who does nothing. He leaves and things grow tighter and tighter in the household. She barely has enough to make pancakes. What will she do? How will they survive.

Ben hates his life. Ben hates being poor. He hates having nothing. He has a hot girlfriend but she and her “cousin” make fun of him when they are together. No way they are just “cousins”, they they are all on each other. He does like one thing, helping out in the elementary school and is crushing on an elementary age girl. Did he murder his family?

Thoughts After Reading

Gillian Flynn is a great author but this is a very dark, dark book-that name is on point.

Too dark for me, hold me

And I could not stand the parts where Ben is talking about the elementary girl’s body and breasts, I reached that part and I was done!

For more retrograde mysteries, go to I’ve Got You Under My Skin

For more not in a series books, go to Big Little Lies

Mini Lemon Pancake Cookies

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Thoughts prior to cooking:

So this recipe comes from Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen #11). The actual name of the recipe is Lois Brown’s Lemon Cookies, but after making them I changed the name (more on that later). The main reason why I wanted to make these cookies was because it is one of the few lemon desserts that actually use a lot of lemon. Most only want the zest, but this one actually used the juice.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Softened Butter (1 stick)
  • 3/4 Cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Zest (lemon zest is the yellow peel being finely grated.)
  • 2 Teaspoons of Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 2/3 Cup of Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk

Topping:

  • 1/4 Cup of Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 Cup of Granulated Sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 350° F
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until they are light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Mix it all together.
  4. Mix in the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  5. Mix in one cup of flour and 1/4 a cup of milk. Stir everything up.
  6. Add in the remaining 2/3 cup of flour and 1/4 a cup of milk. Mix well.
  7. Drop by teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Make the cookies small.
  8. Bake for 8 mins.
  9. Topping: Heat the lemon juice for a bit in the microwave. Add the sugar and stir it all up.
  10. When the cookies come out of the oven, brush the topping onto the hot cookies.
  11. Yields 4 dozen cookies.

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Thoughts after cooking:

These cookies came out tasting like a mix between lemon cupcakes and pancakes. They also look a lot like pancakes as they are flat and creamy just like them. I thought they were amazing, and since they are so small, I consumed a ton of them. It’s just so hard to stop once you get started.

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For more Hannah Swensen mysteries, go to Breakfast Omelet

For more lemon recipes, go to Lemon Bars

For more cookie recipes, go to Wookie Cookies

For more dessert recipes, go to King Arthur Carrot Cake or Cupcakes