We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Dark Places Audiobook

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.
Regular Price:$35.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (13054 )
5 star
 (6551)
4 star
 (4801)
3 star
 (1350)
2 star
 (228)
1 star
 (124)
Overall
4.3 (11325 )
5 star
 (5724)
4 star
 (3935)
3 star
 (1308)
2 star
 (244)
1 star
 (114)
Story
4.5 (11302 )
5 star
 (7022)
4 star
 (3338)
3 star
 (764)
2 star
 (116)
1 star
 (62)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Danielle Viera 08-25-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "OMG!"

    The story was amazing. Love the way the author held the reveal of the twist right up until the very end. Very good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shannon 08-25-15
    Shannon 08-25-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Book!"

    I loved this story. It kept me guessing until the very end. The only negative I would say is that the language is a bit crude at times.

    Gillian is a fantastic writer - I love how she switches both time frames and perspectives to keep you hanging on her every word! A great book to keep you company on long commutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan 08-24-15
    Susan 08-24-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Definitely dark"

    Storyline was dark yet the details were necessary to the storyline.
    I liked it. Some think it was too dark but I thought the writing style was very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    P. Erickson Michigan 08-24-15
    P. Erickson Michigan 08-24-15 Member Since 2014

    Chick Lit Lover

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very unique story"
    If you could sum up Dark Places in three words, what would they be?

    Sad, Unrealistic and Unique


    What other book might you compare Dark Places to and why?

    Maybe To Kill a Mockingbird - just because of the tone of the book, and not so much the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked it when she met with all the murder geeks. It was humorous.


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

    I wouldn't make this a film.


    Any additional comments?

    SPOILER ALERT: When she confronts the woman who killed her sister and her the woman's daughter, I found that scene a bit contrived and very unbelievable. It really took away from the rest of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    xDieselx 08-23-15
    xDieselx 08-23-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "boring. twist at the end was predictable."

    Whole story was boring. jumped around. character development was pointless. do not recommend at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tony Chai Jurong West Street 64, Singapore Singapore 08-22-15
    Tony Chai Jurong West Street 64, Singapore Singapore 08-22-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "ending is unpredictable and touching"

    I've listened to Gone Girl, didn't like it much.
    But I gave Dark Places a chance.
    Frankly, I didn't expect anything much. But the ending was = Wow!
    Yes, the ending is also touching.
    It's certainly worth listening till the explosive end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ron 08-21-15
    Ron 08-21-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "WONDERFUL Reader!"

    The Kill Club scene was very grotesque. The readers voice was just cynical and angry enough to sound genuine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    D 08-21-15
    D 08-21-15 Member Since 2001

    D Partlow

    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    50
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wow"

    Kept me guessing all the way to the end. I loved the different characters voices from the present and the past, telling their parts of the story, slowly filling in the blanks, but also raising doubts. Very well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cami 08-20-15
    Cami 08-20-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Read"

    This book was suspenseful, entertaining, and enjoyable from start to finish. Loved every minute of it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 08-19-15

    Avid mystery reader. Lover of all suspense.

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "dark and enticing"

    great story with a great cast, although so dark at times I was physically queasy. good one to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.