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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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    Tiffani Atlanta, GA, United States 03-10-13
    Tiffani Atlanta, GA, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    I'm a big fan of Gillian Flynn and I have listened to her other two books. Like the other two, this is a great mystery; however, the story is definitely DARK. The main character is somewhat frustrating at times and the story starts a bit slowly but overall it is a good read. The story goes back and forth from the present and past. While at first I did not like this format, it really helped flesh out the story in an interesting way. Like the other two books I found myself thinking about the story for days after I finished it. While Dark Places is not as good as Gone Girl or Sharp Objects, it is a solid read. The narrator's performance was good and didn't detract from the story.

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    Zach 03-08-13
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    This is a really good book. You find yourself getting upset a bit but it all kind of wraps up for you in the end..... kind of.

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    Kindle Customer Bay Area, California 03-08-13
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    Just finished "Gone Girl" and had to download this... just finished this and have already downloaded "Sharp Objects". Twisting and turning suspense till the very end.

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    I'm listening to this one a second time and I am loving every second of it. It really is a great story.

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    Sheila saint johns, mi, United States 03-05-13
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    What made the experience of listening to Dark Places the most enjoyable?

    It was great very edge of your seat listening. I would recommend this book


    What did you like best about this story?

    It hasent, was just good reading


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

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

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    Shilah United States 03-04-13
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    This was a very good book. Just when you thought you knew how it ended you don't. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends!

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    Lori Arlington, TX, United States 03-04-13
    Lori Arlington, TX, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Gripping Read"
    What did you love best about Dark Places?

    I enjoyed listening to the different points of view, both in the present and the past.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was very compelling. I couldn't stop listening because I needed to know who was responsible for killing the Day family.


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

    Fist time to listen to this group of narrators. I enjoyed all of them.


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

    No.


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    A. Johnson Texas 03-01-13
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    This book fell flat for me. From the description I wanted it to be an awesome book but it was very wordy and kindof boring

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    Gayle Wayne, ok, United States 02-28-13
    Gayle Wayne, ok, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012

    I love a good book, but never have time to sit and read. Audible is wonderful for people like me. Even though my kids think I am a nerd for always having my headphones on, someday they will wish their college books were on audible!

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    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    I really like Gillian Flynn's books. This was a really good book and the narrators did a great job.


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    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 02-28-13
    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to shop & listen to audio bks

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    I had originally read Gone Girl first and liked it so much I bought both of the Gillian Flynn's other 2 books including this one. Gone Girl was fantastic and I feel Dark Places was just a little below fantastic. It was a great book with twists not expected. The only voice I didn't think "fit" was the character of Ben....thought it should have been a younger male. Other than that - it was worth the credit.

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