Libbey was an especially strong character. The back and forth narrative between past and present helped advance the story and build tension between what happened and what the characters thought happened.
I only started Audible a few months ago but this is far and away the best book I've listened to here. From the beginning I was captivated. Unlike so many mysteries, where halfway through you have the ending already figured out, this one kept me guessing all the way. The narrators were all fabulous as well. I devoured this book.
This book is so painful and dark and gripping. I could not stop listening to it. However, when the big mystery was finally revealed, I felt like a balloon that was pricked with a needle. The ending is so disappointing and in my opinion, unrealistic. If I would have known, I wouldn't have listened to it. However, the suspense and performance doesn't make me totally regret it.
For a book to interest me, it has to start iff with a bang and keep me drawn to it. This is my very favorite book. Worth reading and glad it was recommended to me!!
Los Angeles, CA
I loved the back and forth/varied story structure in this book. You get the full story from different POV's and from different points in time. It not only keeps you guessing at what really happened to this family, but breaks up the listen very nicely.
This is such a sad story of a family torn apart and hearing it from the POV of different members of the family is especially heart breaking (especially with the great performances, especially from the woman who voices Patty). It's truly a multi-layered mystery with real, damaged people. Really great read.
If you've seen the movie -- READ THE BOOK. I loved this story and was excited to watch the movie... They absolutely blew it. I was horribly mis-casted and poorly executed. Give the book a chance to redeem itself!
Wow. The storylines and character personalities in the book are so dark but oh-so captivating. To spend a day in the author's head who be a captivating wonder. You get so involved in the twisted lives the characters lead that you find yourself wondering if your the one with the unsettling personality trait. Never saw the plot line coming and found myself quite often sitting in my car thinking "I'll keep listening just five more minutes".
I couldn't put this down. Flynn is a master of creating cycles of images and weaving a suspense that leaves you guessing until the very end.
Flynn is hard to compare to other authors. Her ability to touch the dark places of the human condition is unique.
I enjoyed how each perspective in the audio book version had a unique narrator.
Gripping at my phone with suspense?
~Bead Goddess Mary~
Dark, but gripping story. it is one you have to keep listening to find out how it ends, and if it would be a good or gruesome one... All in all one, I would recommend .
As the journey descended into lower and more dangerous places, the author brilliantly portrayed a vulnerable girl's walk across a blasted landscaped peopled by the mad and the violent. She was able to portray in words a scene reminiscent of Escape from New York in its horror and determination.
Dark Places puts the noir in noir.
I found this to be an emotionally powerfully-written book. It fully engaged me in a world of emotional dysfunction, even though I’m not one to easily connect with such feelings. The wry levity of the tragic main character was especially appealing.
The dark-comic book style of the journey, with suggestions of the supernatural without specific instances of it, was brilliantly integrated with the real-life, if bizarre, events of the story.
The author’s rich descriptions of the physical reality of her settings and scenes – walking on crunching snow in the cold dark; the scents and sounds of a sexually-charged room – gave more depth to the experience of this book.
But then we come to the ending. In my opinion the author’s poor choice of a wrap-up to the story has to be ignored and discounted to enjoy this book. After having completely brought me in to this labyrinthine journey, she had me shouting “oh no way that is not what happened !!!” at the end. Just lost it all, like tossing your perfectly-baited fishing pole into the lake. Like the backdrop curtain collapsing behind the climax of Turn of the Screw. We can only hope that someday she will rewrite something that does justice to the rest of her otherwise masterful work.
I see all readers as free to craft their own endings … and in fact, that would make a great contributors’ blog!
I gave it 5 stars anyway. It was that good.