Gillian Flynn wrote that other book. You know which one I'm talking about. The only comparison I'm going to make to that other book is...... Gillian Flynn can take a story with completely unlikable characters and make it compelling. I don't necessarily need likable characters if the plot and pacing are on point I'm fine with it. I also feel my days are spent with unlikable people so it just feels more realistic.
Dark places had a nightmarish quality to me. Maybe not my nightmare, but someone's. As I mentioned early the characters weren't likable they even felt loathsome to me. I ended up having trouble feeling any compassion for them. So the story was unsympathetic people making one bad decision after another. I still really liked it. The mystery had me guessing up till the end. So this one was definitely a hit for me, although it left me yearning for something a bit fluffier.