This is Flynn's sophomore effort, and it's the best of her 3 books, in my opinion. You really get pulled into the setting and the thoughts of the main character. It's unapologetically gritty, and sometimes cringe-worthy. But in a good way. The main character is not likable, but as in Flynn's other books, the characters are somehow simultaneously unpleasant and engrossing. You're pulling for them in the end, even if you wouldn't want to necessarily spend any time with them. There's an unusually large cast of readers, but they do a great job, and I actually had a hard time telling some of them apart. I like it when the reader doesn't distract.
This is worth a listen! That's all I'll say here so you can enjoy the twists and turns for yourself.
Not only was this a good story that kept you guessing but I really enjoyed the narration too
It was toward the end of the book, and without giving anything anyway, I literally gasped when I found out what the mom decided to do.
Yes in Gone Girl, which I enjoyed all the way up to the ending. I didn't like the end of that book, but narration was great.
I gasped as I said above.
Never in a million years
having not written it
Please allow me a new credit for this awful book
This is my second Gillian Flynn novel. Before this one, I listened to Gone Girl, and now I'm on Sharp Objects. I have never gone through an author like this before. All of her books have been fantastic listens. The narrator does an excellent job making the characters come alive.
The story telling exchange between the past and present and the variety of performers.
Good murder mystery, like watching a good show that is entertaining, but not so deep that you dwell on it for weeks compared with other books (e.g., 1984).
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
Even though Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, left me feeling haunted, freaked out, and more than a little creepy. I found myself weirdly wanting "MORE ".
I'm sure that I'm not the only reader this has happen to.
Dark Places is an average read. It's good, but not great.
I came to this after reading Gone Girl, and while it isn't that good, it is very good--interesting and compelling. There is a mystery which was cleverly plotted and not at all obvious, and then there is also the story of the survivors and their lives and how they develop. The writer doesn't shy away from the psychological thrills. It wasn't too dark, (not even close to some of Nevada Barr's later books) but there were a few disturbing scenes. That said, they didn't last long and the characters were well developed enough that there was always nuance and subtlety. I was always happy to get back in the car and hear more. When I had finished, I kept thinking about the main character. The book stays with you.
I truly mean that in a good way. This story had a lot of really good twists and turns. I truly enjoyed how the story unfolded.
Getting into the mind of a woman who went through a horrible ordeal and never truly dealt with it.
I don't know if I have but they did a great job. They made it feel more like listening to a play.
It was and that made it so hard for me. I loved it.
I am looking forward to more from Gillian Flynn. Gone Girl was excellent, Sharp Objects was delightfully crazy. I simply can't get enough of this womans brand of insane.
Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.
I just couldn't figure it out! So it was exciting to hear the next piece of the puzzle.
This is definitely a dark book, but if you expect anything else from the family axe murder description, well...... I love a good mystery and the jumping back and forth in time was a very interesting way to tell the story. I really liked it - give me a good mystery and some psychological drama - I'm in!
1 -- I've only listened to a handful but am getting into the audio books but I think Dark Places will still rank high after I've listened to others!
Libby was my favorite because while she started out as greedy and out for herself, she started to WANT to find out more... she was hurt, confused and never got the help she really truly needed... her life was in shambles, but toward the end it seemed she wanted to know more...
I think the narrators did a great job capturing the voices and the inflection needed in each part, they changed tones well and flowed through the audio.
First it sucked me in, I downloaded it because I was driving 6 hours one day by myself on a boring freeway through desert. I started it right away and I couldn't wait to have time after work to get more listened to.
My heart ached for Libby, and what she went through as a 7 yr old child and her whole family murdered, and her brother convicted of it. Of the lack of support for a child crying out for the help and attention she needed... at the audacity of a community to go after a 15 yr old boy.. not trying to figure out what happened...
The author bouncing between characters and years I think was very effective and made me want to get more into it, to get back to that point of view, it sort of leaves you hanging for a chapter or more, then we get back to it...
I remember the 80s where there was a white van on every corner and the devil worship cult rumors were at their height... so I can relate to that too.
Overall I loved the story; some parts amused me at Libby's reactions and thoughts, others disturbed me at the lack of help for a young child, but that was the 80s, and the end just amazed me.
I would highly recommend the audio book, the narrators did a fantastic job, but reading it would work well too!!