Dark Places–Book Review

I hope you all had a great weekend! I did, a good and very busy weekend! I was taking care of Molly this weekend, which tends to take up a lot of time, and then I also had blogger book club AND a trail 5K in the burbs!

The 5K was pretty much a blast. It was the Thriller in Schiller, it’s inaugural year, and it was a Halloween-themed trail run out in a forest preserve in Schiller, IL. I ran the race with Kelsey, Lindsay, Emily and Alyssa and it was so much fun I couldn’t breath because I was laughing so hard!

Alyssa was a referee, I was a runaway bride (took your suggestions!) and Kelsey, Lindsay and Emily were Cone Heads.


(pictures by Lindsay)

The trail was… well I wasn’t sure it was even a trail for a good  bit of it! We were basically just running through the woods: over and under trees, through ravines, and even over a river! It was beyond hilarious with all of us in our costumes and we ended up really kicking butt: 37:10!!!! Hahahahahaha NOT. Despite our less than stellar time, it was so much fun.


Unfortunately my IT band was really bothering me during the race, just a mile into it, so I’m not so happy about that. Luckily I had some hilarious cone heads running into tree branches to distract me…

Saturday (the race was Sunday), I had book club with some other Chicago Healthy Living Bloggers. This was our third time getting together, last two:

MWF Seeing BFF

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The event was hosted by Diana out in Oak Park, and I LOOOOOVED getting to go out to Oak Park! I’d been there once before and I not so secretly wish I lived out there. It’s a beautiful neighborhood with several Frank Llyod Wright homes (which we got to walk around and see!). I just miss the neighborhood feel!

We had a ton of great fall-themed food (I made Chocolate Covered Katie’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cups but with sun butter) and I loved getting to see everyone.

The book for this month was Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I read another one of her books, Gone Girl, so I was excited to read this one.

Libby Day, a woman who’s mother and two sisters were murdered when she was only seven years old, and Libby somehow survived “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas” by fleeing the house in the snow, losing a few fingers and toes but saving her own life. She testified that her brother, fifteen-year-old Ben, was the killer and he has been imprisoned ever since.

The novel follows Libby as she realizes she’s out of money and begins to re-visit her path because the Kill-Club, a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes, offers to pay her for information. As the story unfolds, Libby realizes that the evening her mother and sisters died may have not gone as her sever-year-old self believed.

One thing I loved about this book was that Gillian switched back and forth between present-day Libby and the story of the murders. She used the same technique in Gone Girl, but it made the whole story so much more interesting. I realize the story line is a bit dark, but we wanted to choose something spooky for Halloween, and honesty, who doesn’t love a good murder mystery? This book definitely kept me interested and I finished it in just a few days. I actually liked it much more than Gone Girl and was constantly kept guessing as the story evolved.


So far I’ve only gotten a couple link-ups or reviews from readers (um maybe because I gave you 4 days warning…), but your more than welcome to still send one in. Check out reviews of Dark Places from these awesome bloggers:

Don’t Look Down

Ready Set Feast

Accidental Intentions

Next month our book club will be reading The Sweet Life In Paris, by David Lebovitz. If you’d like to participate, just read along and send in your review or a link to it online before Monday, December 3rd.


Have you read any of Gillian Flynn’s novels?


Have you ever ran a trail run or in a costume?

40 thoughts on “Dark Places–Book Review

  1. Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale

    Katie you looked so flipping cute!!! I can’t get over how adorable you were able to make it!
    A trail run in costumes sounds dangerous!! I’m super glad no one got hurt. It’s a good thing you chose to take your time!
    I ran a 10km this weekend where a tonne of people dressed up (though mostly for the shorter 1k, 2k, and 5km races) usually as groups or families, and it was adorable!! I would have, but I was a Debbie Downer and actually wanted to race it, not just run it (came out well for me in the end though!!)
    I’m glad to see you had so much fun! It’s always great to see a student be diligent during the week, but use her weekends to still live her life. 🙂

  2. molly @ heart, sole & cereal

    i’ve never run a trail run, but it looks like fun! i have run in costume once and it was hysterical. i love 5ks because i really don’t ever care about my time and they’re usually just for fun. something so nice about not caring about splits, times and PRs…it’s always good to remember that running is FUN!

  3. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Dang it. Totally forgot to e-mail you my link. Bethany fails.

    Looovveee all of your costumes! I can’t imagine running a 5K through the woods. The only times I’ve run in the woods has been during various summer camp games, so I associate running in the woods with chasing or being chased haha. I don’t think I’d be able to pace myself at all!

    1. Katie Post author

      Haha I did too! And it doesn’t hurt just walking around, but I haven’t tried running. We’ll see tomorrow…

  4. Erin @ Loop Looks

    Have you been foam rolling your IT band? I swear, that’s the only thing that helps me when mine starts to tweak. Well, that and a killer sports massage.

    And I’m secretly (okay, not so secretly anymore) glad that you liked Dark Places more than Gone Girl. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Gone Girl, but Dark Places was just so much more intriguing to me!

    1. Katie Post author

      I totally agree about Dark Places. And I am foam rolling but definitely not enough (like a couple minutes maybe twice a day…)

  5. Lia

    I did intend to have a review up by today, but got started on the book Friday I think, so that didn’t happen. I’ll be finishing it regardless. I’m liking this book club idea, I just gotta stay on top of it now that I know about it. Sorry about you IT band, BTW. I do hope it heals. Yoga is a good stretch exercise for runners.

  6. Poppy K

    I loved all three of Gillian Flynn’s books – she has a very original voice. I really enjoyed Gone Girl – I spent the first part of the book feeling sorry for the husband, and then feeling sorry for the wife and then wound up thinking they were both pretty awful people.

    If you like challenging trail races you should try the X-Country Challenge 5-Mile in Gilberts, IL. I think it might be the day before the next Schiller race so that might be a conflict. The X-C Challenge has at least 2 stream crossings (unjumpable so you’ll get cold & wet) but they do have a fabulous post-race buffet with pasta and fried chicken. I’m thinking of trying to do both races but I’m concerned that my shoes won’t dry out. A tip is to wear wook socks because they stay warm even when wet.

    1. Katie Post author

      Ooo that race sounds pretty intense! I’m a trail newbie so I’m not sure if that would be too much for me! And sadly I can’t eat pasta or fried chicken (no gluten) but if I could I’d almost sign up just for that! I love fried chicken! If you have a dryer you could try and put your shoes in there? I’ve done that before.

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  8. Cate

    Your costume for the race turned out great! I’m glad you guys had such a fun time. 🙂
    Dark Places was the first time I have read Gillian Flynn, but I plan to read her other ones soon. Yes it was dark, but I thought couldn’t stop reading it!
    and I only had one your sunbutter/pumpkin cups, but I could have eaten them all- so good!

    1. Katie Post author

      Yes, it was such a good book! And thanks, the sunbutter/pumpkin cups were so easy to make!

  9. Allison

    Thank you for this!! I needed a new book and I was getting caught up on blog reading & found this!! So sad I missed the review- cannot wait for the next book!

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