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)
excellent performance and a great mystery. everything fits together nicely. i listened to gone girl first, so I had some expectations. it was an amazing story in its own right
I loved "Gone Girl" and "Sharp Objects" but "Dark Places" is just awful. Her other two books were disturbing, but not needlessly, this felt forced and unnecessary. Even at the end of the book, I didn't care about a single character so the plot wasn't riveting. I highly recommend her other books, but not this one.
This book was very dark and intense. The characters are complex and I felt like their motives and actions made sense and were clear. It is definitely dark and violent at times. I actually liked this better than Gone Girl. Some of the main characters are teenagers, so they're definitely angsty and impulsive, unlike in Gone Girl, where the characters are adults and are a little more sophisticated. Great mystery, and a really great performance.
I couldn't stop listening, never knowing what turn the story would take next. Very well written.
This book is very well written and gripping. It was a hard book to listen to, or read I would guess. It is not just the violence that is dark and disturbing but the awful human nature that destroyed this family. The gossip and lies. I see that so much in the world these days. Angry people tearing other good people apart. That is the true dark place.
I have not read the print version
The ending.. omg
The narrator was good, did not effect me one way or the other
It's not my genre of choice so it's hard to rank this. Below Orwell's 1984 but surprisingly above Gaiman's Neverwhere?
The mother character due to the weariness and motherly duty.
I wanted to but it's rather long.
Clever work. Solid twists. Good voice's. Give it a listen.
The book was overall a good mystery. Like "Gone Girl" it takes you through the story from different perspectives. Had high hopes for this novel after Gone Girl but don't think anything could top that.
The narrators were good and helped portray each character. Unfortunately, I don't think the ending really closed the story. Never saw the movie or knew it was a movie before this book.
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