Excellent, marvelous, wow.
Yes! Aside from the cool factor that it takes place in Kansas City, which is where I live, the plot was fast paced, and I never knew what was going to happen next. The character development is rich, and the main character is thorough in her investigation of the murders. The pieces don't all fall together until the end, but then wait, just when you think you've figured it out, there's something else different going on.
I kind of really liked the scenes involving members of the Kill Club. I liked Lyle. The Kill Club people aren't even developed characters, but they represent current reality, the real world, both instigators and grounding elements. They're the place that Libby has to periodically return to in order to gain perspective.
One thing that was cool was the various different perspectives from which the story was told. We hear from Libby in current time, and also the day of the murders from first thing in the morning until the event that happened late in the night -- we hear about the details of that day from both the perspective of the mother who was murdered and the brother who was convicted of being the murderer. The day started off so normal that you strongly wonder what could possibly have happened to cause it to spiral into total madness. The story takes you there!
It's definitely up at the top of the list. I actually liked the story and it's twists more tha "Gone Girl", which surprised me a little since I really enjoyed that book as well.
The style reminded me of Gone Girl, obviously. It also reminded me of several other books that are split into character perspectives (like Defending Jacob, for example).
The narration was excellent. I sometimes have a hard time understanding different accents and such, but that wasn't relevant in this story.
Extreme? No. I did catch myself laughing and wincing in various parts of the storytelling.
YES YES and YES! because its great and the story has ssssoo many turns. Out of all 3 of Flynns book this is the best one. and let me tell you there ALL great.
Yes. In fact, I already have. The multiple performers in this audiobook make it even more engaging. There were very few times that I thought the inflection was off or the cadence was annoying.
The obvious comparisons are to Gillian Flynn's other books. Personally, I have only read Gone Girl, which I didn't care for much. Whereas the end of Gone Girl seemed to be an afterthought--just a quick bow to finish an otherwise interesting story--Dark Places seems well thought out and planned.
Yes. And I did. It's amazing how much housework you can do when you have a "can only listen when I clean" rule.
I have recently devoured all of Gillian Flynn's novels and, while I liked them all, I think this one is my favorite. Maybe because Flynn is a master craftsman of flawed characters (I prefer the real & raw). . .maybe because I grew up in the 80s, so all the references to this time (from Deondra's rolled up jeans to Iron Maiden) are a flashback to my teenage years. . .maybe because the murder mystery aspect of this book kept me continuously guessing and second guessing myself. . .I loved so many things about this book and found myself listening at every possible moment.
I'm not sure I can pick just one moment. . .and I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read this one yet. . .
This is a thrillride of a novel. . .yes, it is dark. . .so if you don't like that, go elsewhere. It is the story of two survivors of a family murdered and is told alternately in the past and present from multiple viewpoints. . .pretty much all of the characters are quirky and wierd, but at the same time, believable. . .you really get a good look inside the minds and lives of all of them. . . the buildup to the crime that is the focus of the story is incredibly multi-layered. . .parts of this book were difficult to listen to, but it was totally worth it! Very satisfying read/listen.
Part of my job is cleaning vacation rental homes so while doing so I love to listen to books! Mystery books and suspense are the BEST!
I love this story. I could not stop listening to it. Such a dark story...this family, the horror of it all...just makes you need to know what happened! Gripping to the very end.
I love all of Flynn's books. I have yet to find one I did not like.
Very happy with the ending for sure.
I listened to this book months ago, and it still haunts me. This book is amazingly well written and the characters feel true and honest, which makes the story even more creepy. As someone who suffers from depression, I don't know if I have ever read a story that so accurately describes the personal turmoil going through ones head as I have in Libby as she deals with the struggle to do everyday responsibilities. Even the simple act of getting out of bed, and leaving the house is a feat. Part of that I believe was due to the exceptional performance of Rebecca Lowman. All of the narrators did an amazing job. The anger in Ben is palpable, and the desperation of their mother is heart-wrenching. I don't want to give away the plot, but suffice it to say, this book sucks you in and won't let go.
This ranks next to last
I have read all of the other books, this was the most disappointing of them all
I feel like the story was there but rushed to resolve at the end. I really enjoyed her other two books
This is a great car trip book to listen to as it makes the miles fly by wondering the next twist and turn. It is a bit graphic and dark so be prepared for that....
The protagonist was interesting. The story was a bit redundant peeling back the layers by repeating incidents from all the angles.The ending was unsatisfying. The narration was good.
Change the ending. It was very sad and did not, after all the sturm und drang searching and searching, give a real ah ha moment.
Narration was fine. I liked the different voices.
Not read any more books by this author.