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!!
The story line was a bit bizarre. The characters were bland along with the story. The author did weave the strands together in the end. I did find it intriguing enough to finish albeit I did so at 1 1/2 x on the narration speed. It was like a loose bicycle chain, I kept thinking the story would "catch" and take off but the pedals just spun.
That nothing worked out the way I thought it would.
The revelation of Crystal's existence
I love to hear different people rather than different voices of the same person.
The hard part of the story is that I didn't have a favorite character; they were all, for a lack of a better way to state it, human - full of flaws and ugly truths about the human condition. I found each character appauling in some way, shape or form, but with each character's narration, I found myself looking forward to the next's perspective of the events.
I have read that Libby Day's narration was very blank, but I liked the sad, monotone sound. I felt like it most accurately represented the character's deep depression.
The very beginning of the book draws the reader in, making it hard not to wonder what brought Libby's tragic character where she's at today.
The ending left something to be desired. Like her book "Girl Gone," the end left me dangling out there thinking why she wouldn't give any type of closure to the character's inner struggles. Overall, the book was an interesting read. The troubling characters made it hard to turn the book off because I was looking forward to the next character's point of view. If you like her writing style, you won't be disappointed.
I feel that both audio and print are comparable with this author. The reader did an amazing job of bringing the characters to life in a real way with believable intonation and inflection for each character. I have read all 3 of her novels and am a big fan. I could not put down Gone Girl and I read that in print. After reading it, I went straight to this book on audio and loved it too. She has an intriguing and interesting style that always leaves you hanging until the end. Sharp Objects was also a great, intense read!
I had not one favorite, they all made the web of information come together and it was complete with each one. I did, however, most enjoy listening to the mother's parts and the brother's parts because those were the mysteries and they held the truth, and they had so many twists!
She read each character well! I do feel that Gillian Flynn writes in a way that it is easy to listen or read her works though.
Yes! Difficult to put down and I am sad that she does not have more for me to read!
I have not read the book but I cant see it getting any better!
Not sure, it was a great book
all of it! very nicely done and the fact that it was several people made it even better.
His books are all of the above in places, you drive down the road and smile to yourself, or cant wait to finish it to see if you will cry.
Flynn is the best!
I love audible. I discovered it as a solution to my long drive (30mi each way) back and forth to work. This is my down time after work.
Yes; its beautifully written and eerily addictive.
the continual draw to find out the 'who-dun-it' followed by the incredible twist at the end.
I have not, but all 4 narrators were very good.
"Catching the Kinnakee Kansas killer"
I have read the rest of Flynn's books, and they are awesome as well.