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 really enjoyed the book, even though though most of the characters are really unlikeable. The ending wasn't terrible, but it didn't wrap up the way I (and probably most everyone else) wanted it to. I think there were too many big questions left unanswered, but at the same time, I guess that makes the story more realistic. I'm a very sensitive person, and surprisingly this story didn't break my heart as much as I thought it would. Sad story, moderately happy ending, and all in all a good book. Slow at some points but still very engaging.
This was excellent. I usually can figure the whodunit way before the end of the story, but I had no idea until right before the reveal. Crazy! The books are the same kind of twisted I have come to expect from Flynn. Recommend!
NO I wouldn't. The ending was disappointing.
Not a bad story line but the ending left me cold and wondering, was this a last minute thought by the writer?
I listen to a lot of Audio Books while working :)
This book kept me guessing the whole way though. The narration was perfect. It was well written and was very enjoyable.
I'm the only person I know who didn't like Gone Girl, and that's due mostly to its ending. I feel the same way about this story. After a somewhat slow start, Gillian had me hooked with the introduction and insights of various characters. For the last few chapters I was completely enthralled, giving up sleep to keep listening. Then, it ended, and.....that's it? Really? THAT is how this story ends? I was disappointed. I feel like Gillian is amazing at telling a story, but not so great at ending one.
As a new fan, after gone girl.
I say it's worth the time and money, but don't raise your expectations.
The performance could not be done better than this, and i give 5 stars.
Astonishing and will amaze you i am sure.
I love her writing, beautifully detailed, not too much and gets you the feeling straight, making you peg and peg for more of never experienced in life odd and weirdly awful feelings.
God don't make anyone feel them in real life.
This story explores many moral aspects and i respect it, if you get over the darkness that would make you shiver, discuss, agitate, angry and thinking fuck fuck fuck.
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Do not read this if did not finish it.
The ending is unsatisfying, dull and over builded.
I think she could of easily done a much much better ending with her skills and imagination.
I am deeply not accepting it, and in one part stopped the phone and start cursing it and the writer 😓sorry. But you deserve it. You awfully finished the book.
Or maybe i got over attached 😕.
Had higher hopes for this, almost has to stop in the middle, but finished it out. Didn't care much for any of the characters. No suspense either.
Gillian Flynn does it again! I didn't think she could top Gone Girls twisty thriller and Dark Places totally does! The story pulls you in from the beginning and doesn't let go until the very end.
The length she goes into Ben's story and character. Did he do it? How unlikable and hopeless Libby is. Just a great book all around.
Done very well.
Just anticipating what is going to happen next and hard to bare during the more graphic parts but in a very good way.
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