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)
This was a great overall plot, but like most Flynn novels it built really slow and ended in a too rushed ending. Loved the characters and the performance was absolutely amazing.
Good mystery that made you constantly change your mind about "who done it" up until the very end.
Not much humor and wasn't thrilling, but did keep you hooked because of the small treasures you learn along the way that make you determined to find out what really happened.
I liked that the book went from the past to the present throughout.
Yes. Very well written. Flynn has a way of getting you attached to her characters.
For the most part. Slow in some chapters, but awesome performances.
Libby and Young Ben.....and Patti.....all of them. I loved them all.
It made me cringe at some points of description.
This book is sooooo good.
Flynn is a great writer with a knack for twists. Her stories are definitely on the darker side, so don't expect a fluffy summer read, but they are definitely worth it.
Excellent and engaging story from the outset. One qualm, was how the narrators voice for all of the male characters sounded too similar.
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