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)
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.
Chick Lit Lover
Sad, Unrealistic and Unique
Maybe To Kill a Mockingbird - just because of the tone of the book, and not so much the story.
I liked it when she met with all the murder geeks. It was humorous.
I wouldn't make this a film.
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.
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.
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.
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