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Dark Places Audiobook

Dark Places: A Novel

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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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    Kevin E. Jenkins Michigan 01-15-16
    Kevin E. Jenkins Michigan 01-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Just alright"

    Narrators were good but the story was slow. Considered not finishing. No climax to it.

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    Crystal T New Hampshire 01-04-16
    Crystal T New Hampshire 01-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I want more!"

    I listened to all of the books by Gillian Flynn I could find and now I want more!

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    Doug 01-02-16
    Doug 01-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    Couldn't stop listening. Every spare minute I had I would put in my headphones and listen. Constantly had me trying to guess the next thing.

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    Barb McDougall 01-02-16 Listener Since 2010
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    "Worth the credit"
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    No once was enough.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Libby's attitude. The story was good although a bit unbelievable at times.


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

    No this was a first for this narrator.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louisa Los angeles, CA, United States 12-31-15
    Louisa Los angeles, CA, United States 12-31-15 Member Since 2015

    Audio book addict

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    "Another great one!"

    I'm in love with this author, a King fan who has decided to venture out and try another writer is not at all disappointed. Kept me guessing and always anxious to know what's going to happen next. I really enjoyed this one can't wait to listen to another by Gillian.

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    C. Durdin Memphis, Tennessee 12-30-15
    C. Durdin Memphis, Tennessee 12-30-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Again, I did not see that coming."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Places to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. I always listen to audio


    What did you like best about this story?

    Carefully told from each character's viewpoint yet not revealing too much.


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

    Libby


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

    No extreme reaction other than the fact that I was amazed at not seeing the twist.


    Any additional comments?

    This author surprises me with each book I have read. They are not feel good books but real books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sunil Jawahir Aloha, OR 12-28-15
    Sunil Jawahir Aloha, OR 12-28-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not quite worth the wait"
    What did you like best about Dark Places? What did you like least?

    I didn't feel that the pay off was really worth it or as strong as Flynn's other novels but it was interesting.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    I really have enjoyed both of Gillian Flynn's other books as well as her short story. I would definitely read another.


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

    The narration was one of the best things about this. The characters seemed a little more grounded than I think they would have been if I had been reading this on the page.


    Do you think Dark Places needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not. These characters are not worth a second look.


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    Jodi 12-28-15
    Jodi 12-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it"

    Captivating story. Loved the narrator. I thought she captured the essence of Libby, the protagonist, beautifully. As tortured as Libby was, she made me want to hang out with her!

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    JoAnn PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL, United States 12-28-15
    JoAnn PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL, United States 12-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Too dark"

    i couldn't finish listening to this book. It was too dark and depressing for me to handle. I loved Gone Girl so I thought I might like this one, but found it depressing.

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    Angela 12-27-15
    Angela 12-27-15
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    "Great read for young adults (20's-40's)"

    what an awesome read. took me a second to really get into it. but then i could not put it down. such a phenomenal suspense story that was very heartfelt and seemed so real. I recommend anyone looking for a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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