The story is addictive. All of the characters are multi-layered, even the minor characters, and defy stereotypes. There is true menace throughout, coming from many directions. This is mystery writing on a level that never insults the reader's/listener's intelligence. The desperation of the adults is palpable. The pain and humiliation of the children is heart-wrenching. There is an honesty here about how people really feel, about how people really live their lives, that is too often missing. And I liked the main character. I wouldn't want her as a roommate. But her brutal honesty, and wit, were compelling. The narrators did the writing justice.
Don't miss this one.
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I really liked the tone and pace of this book. Initially I did not like the main character, a disturbed victim of a horrific crime. But as I kept listening, I liked her more and more, and was so drawn into her thoughts and actions. The mystery unfolds in surprising ways and entwines serendipitously, just like life all too often does. This book held my interest and I really liked it even though the story was about such a horrifying event.
Say something about yourself!
Gillian Flynn seams to have a knack for telling a story. She is able to put you smack in the middle of the fray. I had issues with the conclusion, but not enough to say this wasn't a masterfully crafted story. Kudos to the narrators.
Kneel Before Zod!!
Didn't read the print version, but this version is nicely done.
The way it was told, and the pace.
Meeting the fans of her brother.
An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
I am a fan of Gillian Flynn. Not only is she an excellent story teller, she does something continually that amazes me...she creates characters that I often dislike and then, through the magic of her craft, I find myself hooked on them, cheering them on, routing for their cause. Much like I did in Gone Girl, I did not initially like the Libby but by the end, I was pulling for her the whole way through as she pursued the truth about her family's brutal murder. There are parts that are very graphic and brutal, this story is very viseral. Flynn's writing is razor sharp and she carries the plot all the way through, answering all the questions no matter how difficult or unappealing. I found myself listening, tense and fearful but unable to put the story away. I had to know what happens! Gillian Flynn is a master storyteller and Dark Places might just be my new favorite over Gone Girl!
There are few things better than a good story well told!
Definitely in the top 25. Great murder mystery with very real characters.
Yes! As unlikely as it might sound, it was a mass murder mystery. And the suspense and twists kept going until the very end.
Actually, as I was listening I didn't really notice the narrators so they did a good job of "doing no harm" to the story. Looking back I would say it was whoever was voice for the father and Trey.
I almost did. It is a compelling listen. I wanted to know just what the heck happened that night. And I am confident that no one will guess whodunnit.
Libby, of course. She was narrated just right, with just exactly the right amount of hopelessness, desperation, and then determination.
I wanted to but couldn't. I would sit in my car an extra several minutes after arriving at work, though, just listening and trying to figure out who done it.
I've never written a review before. Never felt compelled. But after finishing this book tonight, felt I had to. This book kept me hopping from one suspect to the next, and just when I thought I had it figured out...I didn't. I've never given a book 5 stars before, even in my head. This one deserved every last little bit of stars.
I loved this book. The title is perfect because the book is very dark - characters, setting, etc. I did not agree with the reviewer who complained about the "f" word. In this novel, it was completely appropriate and not overly used. Great mystery book that keeps you hooked!
How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!
Ms. Flynn is the best mystery writer I've encountered. The story is entirely unique and though one may guess who the real killer is, no one could remotely imagine how the mystery concludes.
It is a painful, dark mystery with characters entirely believable. The narration is exceptional. Highly recommended!