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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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    Cody J. 09-16-15
    Cody J. 09-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Hooked from beginning to end. "

    I usually listen to audio books in the car driving to and from work ... this one was so captivating I found myself listening at home while cleaning or cooking. It was easy to listen to, the narrators did a great job. Storyline never slowed or lost my attention!

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    brittany blanc 09-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great listen"

    This audio book was not as thrilling, as Gone Girl. In saying that; it was still a phenomenal listen. I could have gone with out the detailed animal action.

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    Amazon Customer 09-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Daring and touches your heart"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I thought this story has so many facets it would hold almost any genre of readers attention.


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

    Blood Memory written by Greg IIes. Both characters thought they knew the truth, but boy were they wrong.


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

    I didn't really have a favorite. To me each character needed the other in order to make the story truly come alive.


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

    Young girl lost in the snow finds that truth doesn't always set you free...


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    Palmer British Columbia, Canada 09-14-15
    Palmer British Columbia, Canada 09-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Written in a believable way"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character acts just like someone who was so broken would act.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this very much. I almost prefer this novel over Gone Girl because I can relate to the main character here. It's not as clever as Gone Girl though. I think Flynn's characters are nuanced and while she's writing for the masses, there are elements that are subtle. It's never black and white in a Flynn novel.

    Not everything that happens is entirely believable in this novel but that's okay, the character development saves it. The narration was great as well. Yeah, it's a little gory but these things do happen IRL all the time, sadly.

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    BQ 09-13-15
    BQ 09-13-15
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    "Very dark"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It was very well written and compelling but too dark. My sons girlfriend is watching the movie now. I told her not to watch it. It is too intensly dark. But once started I felt I couldn't stop without completing it. the performance was good. the story was well written. She is going to watch it. HAHA!


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    Taylor 09-12-15
    Taylor 09-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I thoroughly enjoyed this one."

    Until recently I had only read Gone Girl. I was delighted to find another title by Gillian Flynn and I was not disappointed. The story kept me interested, staying up late to hear the ending, even had a couple of unforeseen twists. But I think the main strength is in the prose itself, it's very human, very understanding. I would recommend this book.

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    Gabrielle N Mccants Pauley Richmond Hill, georgia, US 09-12-15
    Gabrielle N Mccants Pauley Richmond Hill, georgia, US 09-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty good"

    Pretty good book. Not as good as Dark Places but still pretty good. I was a little slow in the middle.

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    Mary G. 09-10-15
    Mary G. 09-10-15
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    "Never evolved into an enjoyable story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I finished it to see what would happen, but it wasn't an enjoyable story. None of the characters were likable and it was just morose. The narrators were good at narrating a depressing story, but it really wasn't my cuppa.


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    Sara 09-07-15
    Sara 09-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Suspenseful"

    I really enjoyed the book! It was suspenseful and made me want to keep listening. There were just enough twists to keep me interested but not so many that it was confusing.

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    Casey Copeman 09-06-15
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    "Good Book!"

    I really enjoyed this book. I was intrigued since I thought Gone Girl was excellent and I was not disappointed. The story was a little dark at times but definitely worth a read.

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