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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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    Janet Stafford Springs, CT, United States 10-06-14
    Janet Stafford Springs, CT, United States 10-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A definite thriller"
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    Probably, The book had so many twists and turns, dead ends and possible suspects... I probably missed something.


    What other book might you compare Dark Places to and why?

    I guess, I compared it to Gone Girl, I don';t often read mysteries or murder thrillers. I don't often dwell in the minds and hearts of the vicious.


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

    I had no favorite. None of the characters had enough redeeming qualities to really favorite. Every single character, bar none, had a serious character flaw... an evil that was distasteful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't laugh or cry, but I paid close attention.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Morris Arizona, USA 09-25-14
    Scott Morris Arizona, USA 09-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Disturbing"
    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top.


    What other book might you compare Dark Places to and why?

    Gone Girl. It is very twisted, and makes you appreciate your normal uneventful life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margarita New York, NY 09-25-14
    Margarita New York, NY 09-25-14 Member Since 2014

    All business but contemporary fun!

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    "There is a moon somewhere in that darkness..."
    Any additional comments?

    This is the third book I read from this author. It still does not reach by any means the excitement of "Gone Girl" by it is a noticeably improved deliverable after her first book. The story is quite dark but I think the summary description exaggerates the importance of evil worshipers to the story. The heroine does grow on you, albeit painstakingly slowly. I never like Gillian's endings and this book was no exception. The story does reach a climax at the very end, its just the lack of a happy or tragic ending always leaves me lukewarm. Still glad I read this book.

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    A Pritchard 09-21-14
    A Pritchard 09-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Dark and Disturbing"

    Was it a good book? Yes. Did I enjoy it? No. The story was captivating and pulled me in quickly. Likewise, it was written so well and the narrators performed so effortlessly, that it could have been true. The graphic and sexual promiscuity of the kids, the lack of respect for life, and the lack of ambition are disturbing. I didn't like any of the characters. After finishing, my first thought was... I'm glad that's over!!! Another reviewer wrote, he would hate to be in Gillian Flynn's head. I agree with that.

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    Katie Groover 09-10-14
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    "Such a great book"
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    Yes, I love enjoying books and its fun to do an audiobook while I sit in LA traffic


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Book Knockers Club 09-09-14
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    "Disturbing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Gillian Flynn before, how does this one compare?

    After reading "Gone Girl", I find this book to have a darker psychological side to more characters. The readings were well done.


    Was Dark Places worth the listening time?

    Yes


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    Kelley 09-06-14
    Kelley 09-06-14
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    "kind of anti climactic"
    If you could sum up Dark Places in three words, what would they be?

    disturbing, depressing, anti climactic


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

    any of the times when Ben's horrible girlfriend was mean and hateful to him.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Rebecca Lowman- yes. The others- no.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I think I would have enjoyed reading, rather than listening to, this book. It's a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bamagrad03 08-27-14
    Bamagrad03 08-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book, At Times Unrealistic Despair"
    Any additional comments?

    First of all, this was a fantastic read. Flynn is a wonderfully skilled writer and I devour her books. I enjoyed this book more than Gone Girl (though I too enjoyed Gone Girl). The plot made more sense and I felt this one had an appropriate conclusion.

    The one thing I didn't love about this book was the near comical level of 'one after another' misfortunes that were foisted upon the Day family. The meat of the Patty Day sections were constantly introducing new Murphy's Law type problems that started to feel like a dark Ben Stiller movie. 3 terribly perfectly timed bad things happened yesterday? Well 6 more are going to happen today.

    And while the voice acting for Patty Day's section was absolutely fantastic and absolutely what you'd expect in your mind from reading those sections - her level of defeatedness really begins to weigh on the listener, especially when paired with the myriad doomsday happenings that took place.

    My other negative takeaway from the book was the language. I don't object to bad language when it is fitting, but the overuse of the F word and the many GDs seemed jarring and out of place. GD was everywhere in this book, often in places that were so misused that it took me out of the story. "Bad words" should be artfully placed for impact and weighted importance, not bandied about like a paint roller, filling spaces where modifiers aren't even necessary.

    Overall this was a fantastic book that I couldn't put down. Flynn is super dark, I knew that coming in. Her skill is undeniable and I eagerly await her next non-YA title.

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    Sarah 08-21-14
    Sarah 08-21-14

    Books are a survival tool in a sometimes insane world.

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    "Great book, kept me riveted."
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    Yes. The story was palpable and kept you guessing. I love plots like that.


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

    absolutely. Heart racing mystery and drama.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Loved the narration. That can be make or break for me.


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

    What REALLY happened that day?


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jared T. Auch ND 08-19-14
    Jared T. Auch ND 08-19-14 Member Since 2013

    Saum

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    "Got back into mystery"
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    Only if my wife was listening in the car. Once you know who did it the suspense is gone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Masterfully told story. The getting a piece of the story through the eyes of everyone involved kept you guessing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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