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Dark Places: A Novel | [Gillian Flynn]

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.
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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)

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    The story was somewhat interesting but the performances were tedious. Definitely the most boring readers that I have listened to since I became an audible member.

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    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 10-11-12
    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Chilling and thrilling mystery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Places to be better than the print version?

    I haven' t read the print version, but I have no intention to because the audio edition was outstanding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Libby was my favorite because you just want her to pullit together so badly. Deandre is a character you love to hate. She is awful but I LOVED every second she was in the story.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to "Rules of Civility" narrated by Rebecca Lowman. The reason I even considered this book was becasue of her narration. She is one of the few narrators that you can enjoy instantly. She was great in that book and great in this one too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! Defintely! I hated having to get out of the car for work. It made me really look forward to my drives though!


    Any additional comments?

    The story is really dark, but the plot was so exciting that I couldnt' stop listening. There were so many twists and turns that I was guessing the whole time.

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    amanda 10-08-12
    amanda 10-08-12
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    "Held me hostage!"
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    I will listen to this story over and over.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book unfolds revealing constant dark shocks. You never really know whats going to surface. I had an inkling here and there as it all played out. It was shocking to think the ideas I though had to be to outlandish played out.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to recommend this book to just about everyone.

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    Malie United States 10-08-12
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    "Murder in a small town"
    If you could sum up Dark Places in three words, what would they be?

    Violent youths, back stories, teeth


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Places?

    The description of the main character and how she would cut herself.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure.


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

    Every small town has its skeletons.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant story line. You never expect who the killer is.

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    H. L. Sloan Seattle, WA 10-08-12
    H. L. Sloan Seattle, WA 10-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great read"
    What other book might you compare Dark Places to and why?

    I've also read Gone Girl by the same author. It's also set in the Midwest.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Libby and Ben Day were both great performances


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    Simon Charlotte, NC, United States 10-08-12
    Simon Charlotte, NC, United States 10-08-12
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    "Very intriguing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Places to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Lionel; his personality was very well developed and even though the story didn't really touch on him or his past, I got a good sense of what type of person he is.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing Libby's contempt and sense of rage in the voice definitely added something.


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    Ashley sherwood, OR, United States 10-01-12
    Ashley sherwood, OR, United States 10-01-12
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    "Tragic story, keeps you guessing until the end!"
    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best one I have listened to yet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Libby was my favorite. She is dark, cynical, and almost unlikeable, yet you end up rooting for her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't think that one particular scene was my favoritem but the best part is when the present narration meets the past narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Libby reconncted with her aunt in the end as well as when she read the note left from her mother.


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    Yvonne United States 09-25-12
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    "Unpleasant narrative voice"
    What did you like best about Dark Places? What did you like least?

    I wanted to like this story...could not get past the fact that the narrator was not pleasant to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably not continue my Audible subscription...I don't want to risk being disappointed with the narrator and risk not enjoying the book.

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    Jessica United States 09-25-12
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    "Shocking!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this was one of the best books I heard in a LONG time! It kept me eager to get back in my car for my commute every day to find out what happened!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I never figured it out until the author unfolded it!! I love suspense thrillers where I want to keep reading/listening to know what happened without having figured it all out by the first chapter.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I loved the emotion in the narrator that did Patty Day. I could see her woeful face and looks...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending had me literally driving down the interstate with my mouth gaped open! It ended by tying up all the loose ends and was a fantastic twist!!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm on my third book by Gillian Flynn - if you like suspense/crime thrillers, you will L O V E her!!

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    Mary East Liverpool, OH, United States 09-24-12
    Mary East Liverpool, OH, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "My new favorite writer"
    If you could sum up Dark Places in three words, what would they be?

    emotionally complex characters


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I had it figured out about ten different times..was always wrong....


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    emotions


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

    Everybody has them.....


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