Dark Places like Sharp Objects are Gillian Flynn’s portraits of flawed realistic characters rising above their frailty to overcome obstacles that propel these stories to dramatic yet predictable conclusions. Flynn weaves domestic settings and mundane dialog into an intricate plot by threading her stories with vivid details and back story that nearly overwhelms the reader so that by the time the reader feels she knows how the characters would react, she is hit with the dramatic conclusion. Well done, Flynn. I recommend these novels to anyone who likes a good read before bedtime. Be prepared for a bout of insomnia without any reprieve until the last page is turned.