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
"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)
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.
Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
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.
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.
They were all pretty much weak, pathetic, obnoxious, etc. I could care less what happened to any of them.
All of them.
Could I get my credit back?
I like Gillian's books a lot. This is as good as Gone Girl IMHO.
That Diondra girl is messed up!!
Had to be Libby. She is the whole story and is performed beautifully. Movie is in production, I will see this one.
I like Lyle. When he came into the story, I got hooked.
Great listen. Kept me guessing and intrigued.
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.
Yes, the plot kept me to the edge of my seat until the very last chapter!
All the narrators did a wonderful job.
Gillian Flynn is a masterful writer! Thank you to audiobooks for putting this out.
Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.
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.
It was definitely the best. I loved the narration. I was sucked into the story by the wonderful performance and Flynn's amazing writing.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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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