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Dark Places: A Novel | [Gillian Flynn]

Dark Places: A Novel

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    dahanese san francisco, california 03-11-15
    dahanese san francisco, california 03-11-15 Member Since 2014

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    One of the best read and written stories I've had the pleasure of listening to. A true joy of a book.

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    NYFranzie 03-10-15
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    "So dark and twisted"

    A great read that keeps you engaged, but so dark and twisted. It makes you feel good about your life and a little less regretful of some of the bad decisions that you may have made that do not even compare.

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    Kirsten Gould Costa Mesa, CA 03-10-15
    Kirsten Gould Costa Mesa, CA 03-10-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Good story but a little depressing"

    I am becoming a fan of this author. The story builds up and keeps you guessing. I could see this book becoming a movie also,.

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    Colleen 03-07-15
    Colleen 03-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful, suspenseful"

    I could not put this book down.
    Must read!!!!!
    You'll NEVER guess the ending!!
    Can't wait to read Gillian's other books.

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    Tina Pham 03-07-15
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    I love this author! Enjoyed this book so much I couldn't put it down. Listening to the audio version I could really appreciate each character. Definitely recommend this audio book! Worth the credit.

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    Kim Binsky 03-07-15
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    "Good read-one troubling scene"

    I love Gillian Flynn's work. Had a hard time through one scene in the book. Beyond that, I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I expected I would.

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    Marie 03-07-15
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    I really enjoyed the extra narrators for some of the other characters, story kept me intrigued all the time. I love the unconventional ending of Gillian Flynn's stories!!

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    Melvin Hayden 03-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great murder mystery "

    Takes the reader through a gut wrenching description of the murder. Worth your time and money.

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    NAOMI STEIN Xenia, OH, US 03-05-15
    NAOMI STEIN Xenia, OH, US 03-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Even better than Gone Girl"

    I have read Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects. This one is by far the best! I am not one to "figure out" a story, so it kept me guessing and entertained. Try this, even if you don't normally like suspense/mystery stories (I don't usually read that genre).

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    Lori 03-05-15
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    "You will not regret this book"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Places the most enjoyable?

    I truly enjoyed the narration. The different narrators really gave the story's characters distinct personalities.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is definately a story that will have you flinching every once in awhile. I expected a twist, and boy did I get it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I felt so sorry for the character Ben, that any time it was his turn I was excited to hear what was going to happen next.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hold on to your seat, you are in for one heck of a ride!


    Any additional comments?

    Just a note, if you are squeemish, there are some scenes in this book that may be upsetting. This book is not for the faint of heart!

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