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)
Twists and turns, and ending I didn't expect.
Well, it is much like Gillian Flynn's other work, which is diverse and amazing.
I've never heard these narrators before, but they did a fine job conveying mood and tone.
Yes, the narrators are terrific. There are some flaws to the story, but overall another great book from Gillian Flynn
Mixed, some things tied up a little too well, while others left having.
The story was rich and although it spans 25 years, it is so well connected and developed. The characters arebrought to life through the narrators performance....Will definitely listen a second time....which is rare for me.
I loved the raw and unapologetic approach the author takes in developing her characters. She has an incredible skill in making you love the unlovable and hate the seemingly righteous.
The performance of Patty Day was my favorite, however Libby was a close second.
I sat in my car listening to the final chapters....they were gripping. You had no idea what was coming, but yet I wasn't surprised at all.
Perhaps not "quite" as good as "GONE GIRL" ... But the same "flavor" and damn good. This author has some darkness in her. Glad she can channel it into entertaining stories. If "GONE GIRL" is a 10, this one is a 9 ... Maybe a 9.5. Worth your credit.
This is Flynn's sophomore effort, and it's the best of her 3 books, in my opinion. You really get pulled into the setting and the thoughts of the main character. It's unapologetically gritty, and sometimes cringe-worthy. But in a good way. The main character is not likable, but as in Flynn's other books, the characters are somehow simultaneously unpleasant and engrossing. You're pulling for them in the end, even if you wouldn't want to necessarily spend any time with them. There's an unusually large cast of readers, but they do a great job, and I actually had a hard time telling some of them apart. I like it when the reader doesn't distract.
This is worth a listen! That's all I'll say here so you can enjoy the twists and turns for yourself.
Not only was this a good story that kept you guessing but I really enjoyed the narration too
It was toward the end of the book, and without giving anything anyway, I literally gasped when I found out what the mom decided to do.
Yes in Gone Girl, which I enjoyed all the way up to the ending. I didn't like the end of that book, but narration was great.
I gasped as I said above.
Never in a million years
having not written it
Please allow me a new credit for this awful book
This is my second Gillian Flynn novel. Before this one, I listened to Gone Girl, and now I'm on Sharp Objects. I have never gone through an author like this before. All of her books have been fantastic listens. The narrator does an excellent job making the characters come alive.
The story telling exchange between the past and present and the variety of performers.
Good murder mystery, like watching a good show that is entertaining, but not so deep that you dwell on it for weeks compared with other books (e.g., 1984).
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
Even though Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, left me feeling haunted, freaked out, and more than a little creepy. I found myself weirdly wanting "MORE ".
I'm sure that I'm not the only reader this has happen to.
Dark Places is an average read. It's good, but not great.
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