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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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    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 04-03-14
    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    I have to say I was NOT a fan of "Gone Girl" the climax and then the flaccid ending sort of pissed me off. I have to say that "Dark Places" kept my interest straight through. I cannot wait to see how they put it into film as the move is to come out towards the end of this year. Movies are never usually as good as the book, but hopefully the producers and directors of the movie will do this book justice. I am going to listen to "Sharp Objects" with the hopes that it will be good also.

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    Michelle 03-27-14
    Michelle 03-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Places to be better than the print version?

    Good story kept my interest. Very good narration. I didn't want to stop listening.


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    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 03-24-14
    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 03-24-14 Member Since 2009

    Look upward and see the wonders I've seen

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    "Awful, just plain awful"
    What disappointed you about Dark Places?

    I can only think of a single character that is likeable in this book... Aunt Diane. When you don't care about any of the main players, you don't care about the plot. First, my problems with Libby, she said she didn't know things, she grew up feral, etc. She didn't even know you were supposed to change sheets. BULLSHIT. She spent 8 years with her Aunt Diane and 8 with her mother. Let's say Patty was a complete miss as a mother, Diane was not. She would have learned all of this with her, so right from the beginning, I disliked Libby and her excuses about how the world owed her.

    I grew up with someone who survived a similar tragedy when his mother's boyfriend in a jealous rage killed her, his brother, his sister and almost him before the police shot him dead. It happened when we were just about to go to high school and he spent a whole summer in the hospital recuperating. He had a tragic past, but he was not unlikeable or tragic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    No, I'm done. Gone Girl and this proved that she is not an author I will ever enjoy. She goes into the pile that has Charlaine Harris, E.L. James and J.D. Robb.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    They were all pretty much weak, pathetic, obnoxious, etc. I could care less what happened to any of them.


    What character would you cut from Dark Places?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Could I get my credit back?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 03-22-14
    Sara 03-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty Damn Good!!"
    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like Gillian's books a lot. This is as good as Gone Girl IMHO.


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

    That Diondra girl is messed up!!


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

    Had to be Libby. She is the whole story and is performed beautifully. Movie is in production, I will see this one.


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

    I like Lyle. When he came into the story, I got hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen. Kept me guessing and intrigued.

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    R. Crank Oregon 03-18-14
    R. Crank Oregon 03-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "OMG! I love Gillian Flynn's writing style"
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    This was a great book to listen to because there were three people narrating it. I read Gone Girl in print and worried that this Gillian Flynn book would not be as well thought out and interesting as it was an earlier book than that one. This book was every bit as good. Gillian's style of writing is so real it sucks you into the story from the beginning. It is gruesome and hard to get through at times, but worth continuing to listen to.


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

    Yes, the plot kept me to the edge of my seat until the very last chapter!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All the narrators did a wonderful job.


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

    Yes!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Gillian Flynn is a masterful writer! Thank you to audiobooks for putting this out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 03-15-14
    Joanna Chicago, IL, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2011

    Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.

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    "Better than Girl Gone"

    This book was more exciting than Girl Gone since you are left in suspense until the very end. Gillian really has a way with making you think it was one character then jumps to another. The juxtaposing between the male and female point of view and the past and present "day" (pun intended) works exceptionally well.

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    Jessica SANTA CLARA, CA, United States 03-13-14
    Jessica SANTA CLARA, CA, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Best Book I Have Downloaded"
    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was definitely the best. I loved the narration. I was sucked into the story by the wonderful performance and Flynn's amazing writing.


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

    I read Gone Girl and did not listen to the audio version. I think that it has some similarities, although I can't say whether I found this more engrossing or intense because of the writing or the narration.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All four voices fit the characters perfectly. In particular, the Patty Day narration was haunting, and although in third person, felt like it was read in the same depressed tone that the character was living in. I thought all of the narrators did an amazing job.


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

    There were moments throughout that kept me listening. It was the sort of book that I had to put down in order to snap back to reality. I can't say that there was anything "moving" as it was very disturbing and unsettling throughout (as it was meant to be).


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book and cannot wait for the movie to come out this year. I think that between this and Gone Girl, this was the better book (which says a lot).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nahala 03-11-14
    Nahala 03-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book...kept me in the car not wanting to get out lol

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    WiseGirl Maryland 03-09-14
    WiseGirl Maryland 03-09-14

    Patti

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    "Very Dark"

    I wanted to like this book, I really did. The overall mystery was good and I kept listening because I wanted to know the resolution. But in places it was so dark, so depressing, that I would have to stop listening for a while.
    I did enjoy getting the story from the different perspectives of different characters.

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    Gigi United States 02-27-14
    Gigi United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVED IT!"

    Gillian Flynn is a fantastic writer. She vividly describes the scenery without using too many words. You can easily picture the characters. The thoughts of the characters are raw and real. The book keeps you guessing! I would describe as a thriller and enjoyed the book very much!

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