Anyway, I still enjoyed the film, particularly how Libby's past memories were shot.
They had an 1980s feel to them, I mean in the quality of the images, they had an old VHS tape look to them.
This is the first episode I have seen of VERA, based on the novels of Ann Cleeves and starring Brenda Blethyn.
Set in the rolling landscapes of the north-east, it focuses on the efforts of DCI Stanhope (Blethyn) and her team to solve the murder of a grandmother in her mid-fifties found strangled by the side of a lonely country road.
The exact same thing happened to me with Gone Girl - the book - which is why I didn't finish reading it.
I guess I was hopping for more of a challenge with Dark Places, something that would have surprised me at the end.
It's socially realistic, you really feel for the struggling mother (Christina Hendricks) and her kids, the poverty and the hardship of their situation is almost palpable and that's thanks to Hendricks' performance.
The rest of the cast is good but Christina Hendricks and Corey Stoll stand out and elevate the film.She comes across as quite motherly in her treatment of suspects - unless, of course, they commit the cardinal sin of lying to her, in which case her voice turns steely.She is also ruthless in her treatment of subordinates: junior detective Bethany Whelan (Cush Jumbo) is given short shrift when the detective asks why she has not been assigned more responsibilities.Problem solver that I am, I watched the film looking for clues but I fairly quickly had all the right suspects lined up before I even got through a quarter of the movie.I don't know if it's a testament to my "mad" deductive skills or a lack of mystery in the story telling.They were grainy and shaky, which also gave them an horror movie vibe, while at the same time illustrating how Libby feels about them.