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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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    Carolyn Kenmore, NY, United States 08-29-12
    Carolyn Kenmore, NY, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Captivating Story, Amazing Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Places the most enjoyable?

    Twists and turns, and ending I didn't expect.


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

    Well, it is much like Gillian Flynn's other work, which is diverse and amazing.


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

    I've never heard these narrators before, but they did a fine job conveying mood and tone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christie OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 08-27-12
    Christie OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Enjoyable listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the narrators are terrific. There are some flaws to the story, but overall another great book from Gillian Flynn


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Mixed, some things tied up a little too well, while others left having.


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

    Patty


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Wadsworth, OH, United States 08-27-12
    Laura Wadsworth, OH, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Kept me in the car longer than necessary.Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Places the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    The performance of Patty Day was my favorite, however Libby was a close second.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 08-25-12
    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 08-25-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved it."
    What did you love best about Dark Places?

    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.


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    Kristina Portland, OR, United States 08-22-12
    Kristina Portland, OR, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Excellent!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia Sandy, UT, United States 08-20-12
    Sylvia Sandy, UT, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good and Creepy"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Places the most enjoyable?

    Not only was this a good story that kept you guessing but I really enjoyed the narration too


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Places?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    I gasped as I said above.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elva E. Codino Columbia Gorge 08-15-12
    Elva E. Codino Columbia Gorge 08-15-12

    snowbunny

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    "Awful, I want my credit back or I must cancel my a"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or the narrators?

    Never in a million years


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    having not written it


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none whatsoever


    Any additional comments?

    Please allow me a new credit for this awful book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 08-15-12
    Jessica 08-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Great One From Flynn"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mickey Burns West Jordan, Utah USA 08-14-12
    Mickey Burns West Jordan, Utah USA 08-14-12

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    "Great murder mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Places the most enjoyable?

    The story telling exchange between the past and present and the variety of performers.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LeSLiE 08-14-12
    LeSLiE 08-14-12

    QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!

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    "I was looking for Gone Girl in Dark Places. My BAD"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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