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)
It was definitely dark...but well written. If you love tv shows like Law & Order: SVU, you'll like this book. I love that it was written from many vantage points...made the story even more interesting
The voice actors did a great job of bring the characters to life and giving each a distinct voice. The information section listed many different voice actors but I think one person did the majority of the books.
It was difficult to tell who did it and I was kept guessing all the way through the book. I kept changing my mind who I thought it was as more facts came out.
I didn't so much have a personal favourite character as I enjoyed the present day sections of the story better.
If you weren't warned by the synopsis, this is not a happy, uplifting book. All the characters are down on their luck and rather negative. Libby has some serious issues and they're all just negative and pessimistic and antagonistic for the most part. Definitely looking for a more upbeat book next for a change of pace.
I loved this book. Just enough suspense to keep me on the edge of my seat and craving more. I love the way Gillian Flynn's mind works.
I truly enjoyed the pull this story had, while some parts were without a doubt gruesome (a bit much so for me at times). The story had a myriad of twists and turns worth the ride.
Dark and dreary, heavy and spooky. This is an intense ride full of twists turns and painful insights. If you are a fan of the macabre, I suggest you get this book. It will be one of the best credits you ever spend.
Flynn's flawed protagonist is engaging as her narrative draws the reader into her grief-filled world. The mystery of what happened to the Day family is enhance by Flynn's creative style and the alternative narratives keeps the reader invested in duel story lines that trace what happen to the Days as well as Libby's present day quest.
I have now listened to all of Gillian Flynn's books, and I just think they are not for me. Maybe just for a good, quick escape listen.
Anyways, they all start off exciting and draw me in, but the story just goes too haywire at one point. The writing also declines to weird or awkward sexual innuendos at one point (early in Sharp Objects later in Gone Girl and Dark Places.) For example saying a character's "lips [were] full like labias..." I'm not a prude, but what does that add? It just pulls me out of the story.... More of a distraction.
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