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 listened to "Gone Girl" first, and decided to try this one as well. The characters are engaging, but the plot is much weaker than Gone Girl's, and has a rather unfinished feel. Yes, it's a dark book, as people have mentioned, but I didn't get the same feeling of over-riding evil as I did with Gone Girl. Nevertheless, many images from the book have stayed with me, and I would recommend it.
Bulk of story was needless filler dialog. I skipped thru significant chapters without lots of story knowledge.
Books are a big part of my life. Happiness is a beautiful evening on the houseboat with a good book :)
Couldn't stop listening - snuck in chapters at work and went to sleep still listening. This author does not disappoint! Narration is wonderful.
I really enjoyed listening to this book it was a very good story and I like the way the author writes. It was read very well by the actors. I do wish that the book on audible was cheaper though.
This was my first Gillian Flynn novel but I was aware of Gone Girl. The narrator was good; however, there were times her apathetic sound/cadence (which suits the protagonist) wasn't appropriate for the action.
Predictable after spending some time with the book, but I was still surprised at how scummy the whole novel made me feel. Be prepared to visit dark places, per the title. The audiobook was entertaining...maybe traumatically engaging is a better phrase...but it is hard to call it 'good'. It is a distracting piece of fiction.
I almost felt like she *was* the protagonist.
I'm not certain. I don't think I want to slog through these dark places twice.
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