Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.
The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details, proof they hope may free Ben, Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she'll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club...and maybe she'll admit her testimony wasn't so solid after all.
As Libby's search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby's doomed family members, including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town.
Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started...on the run from a killer.
©2009 Gillian Flynn; (P)2009 Random House
"Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre." (Stephen King)
"A gritty, riveting thriller with a one-of-a-kind, tart-tongued heroine." (Booklist)
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.
I have NO time to read so Audible is perfect! I listen while commuting and even at the gym. My interests vary from month to month.
Ever since Girl Gone I want to read anything by Gillian. This book was good. It was layed out well and I liked how the story came together.
Dark Places is a tightly plotted, skillfully written novel that goes exactly where the title suggests it will go. It's dark indeed, so much so that you may feel you need a shower when it's over. That said, it's also a very satisfying listen, well read and gripping. Flynn resolves the mystery she sets up well and she keeps the reader guessing along the way. She also understands her characters (particularly Libby) and the darker side of human nature and that understanding makes the book that much more disturbing. It is the characters as much as the events in Dark Places that unsettle the reader/listener. I can only imagine that writing a book like this, delving into such characters enough to understand them, must be an unsettling experience as well. Highly recommended.
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.
I am a blessed man!
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!
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!
Gillian Flynn draws you into her characters immediately and spins a tale that's so dark-and yet so enthralling-that you can't stop listening.
From the first second you meet Libby Day, you are drawn to this sad, angry girl who so desperately needs answers. I highly recommend this book and will be actively seeking any other novels by Gillian Flynn.
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!
evil, strange, interesting
The twists in the characters as they switched from Past to Current.
no laughing or crying... more like wow can people really be this screwed up?
Not as good as the other two books she's done.... but still very good. Would have liked a little more to the ending...
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