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)
Loved, loved, loved! I got this book to entertain me on my way home from work every night. The only problem was that I didn't want to turn it off. So I ended up listening during lunch, doing chores, everything but driving home after work. Now I have to find a new book
For some reason, I seem to thoroughly enjoy depraved protagonists. When written well, you both loathe and love them. Libby Day is one of those. She is shameless, but deservedly so. She can also be easy to like, because it would seem a certain amount of her situation is not her fault, and you root for her to become a better person.
Ben Day. As a character detached from his reality in the most crucial moments, the narration was spot on.
It took me a little while to really get into this one, but once I did, I wanted to keep listening. The different facets of the story needed to be established to let them work together, so it is understandable. But it meant that, in the beginning, it was easy to put the headphones down at the end of a character's narration.
The one thing I could. not. stand. about this narration was the voice of Lyle. It was grating, to say the least.
By day, I study early 20th century literature. By night, I enjoy good contemporary fiction and thrilling suspense/detective novels.
The narrator made this a really gripping story, great pacing and delivery. I felt like I was right there in the action, following the mystery. An immersive world.
How to choose a favorite when they are all so terrible and pitiful and flawed? There are no favorites in this story. Though Diane is pretty amazing in the scene with the cop.
Everyone gave a great performance, strong voices with personality.
It made me feel anxious in a good way. It also made me annoyed when anyone tried to interrupt my listening! I was walking all over town just to have an excuse.
The ending!!! Such an amazing twist ending. It made me LOVE this book. Anything Gillian Flynn does is amazing, and this book is no exception. Libby Day is an amazing character. The book is very suspenseful and has a lot of elements, but everything gets resolved at the end. PAY ATTENTION you don't want to miss any details of this book! Even if it doesn't seem important- it is! If you love murder mysteries, listen to this book!!!
I would have to compare it to other Gillian Flynn novels like Sharp Objects, just because of the crazy twist ending. It is nothing you could have EVER guessed. It will leave you with your jaw dropped!!
I really enjoyed the female narrators of this book. They added a lot to this story. But the man that did Ben Day was terribly miscast and. put the whole thing to a screeching halt.
I enjoyed this story very much! Told from each character's perspective, the writer kept me guessing and I found myself caring about each story. An unexpected ending made me anxious to the last word and satisfied.
After starting this book I could not stop listening. I brought it everywhere with me. I really enjoyed Gillian Flynn's story and have since purchased some of her other novels. The narration was well orchestrated and I think the characters voices were fitting.
The good mystery and the unexpected ending!
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