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 thought this book would last me a few weeks, instead it took me 3-4 days, simply impossible to put down
The plot is so craftily woven together that it leaves you with a satisfying understanding when everything falls into place - yet, it is impossible to figure out until the very end
But most importantly, the story is told in a very personal manner, from the point of view of each character. This is not just another mystery book, this is true literature
Libby and Patty Day were great! Ben Day just didn't work and I almost stopped listening many times because of this. It would have been 5 stars with a better Ben. He was just too traditional a narrator for that character.
You really have to be in a very strong mind set to stay happy while reading this book. I am a HUGE horror/thriller fan but this was hard to read. Very gory scenes. In the end I loved the book though! It's a great read.
It's up there pretty high
The characters thoughts and emotions were very real, even though they might make you cringe sometimes. Some of the thoughts/emotions were very ugly, but they were sometimes the same thoughts that you might have but never give voice to. Flynn did an excellent job of showing how the events shaped the characters in the present, without spelling it out. It very much mimicked real life, even in that it was sometimes very hard to listen to, it was so dark.
I really liked the cadence to the narrators. And there weren't ridiculous voices when each narrator had to switch voices for dialogue.
The main characters evolution from being certain in her belief about the events, to her doubt, to her wanting to believe otherwise, and then her actual change of mind was portrayed well.
The book's title is a warning, it truly is a DARK place, but it is also a very compelling listen and I had a hard time pausing to do other things.
excellent performance and a great mystery. everything fits together nicely. i listened to gone girl first, so I had some expectations. it was an amazing story in its own right
I loved "Gone Girl" and "Sharp Objects" but "Dark Places" is just awful. Her other two books were disturbing, but not needlessly, this felt forced and unnecessary. Even at the end of the book, I didn't care about a single character so the plot wasn't riveting. I highly recommend her other books, but not this one.
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