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Dark Places Audiobook

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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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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    Jasmine 07-29-15
    Jasmine 07-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dark and daring"

    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

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    Mackenzie's Mountain 07-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Kept you guessing all the way to the end"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Places the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


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

    I didn't so much have a personal favourite character as I enjoyed the present day sections of the story better.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Terry 07-28-15
    Terry 07-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Mystery"

    Recommended for anyone who likes a good mystery. The performance and sound quality was great throughout.

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    Seth patrick 07-28-15
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    "Love!!!!"

    I live Gillian Flynn I can honestly say hands down she is my favorite author and this is one of my favorites! You won't be able to put it down!

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    ShaunieceHampton 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I am definitely a Gillian Flynn fan."

    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.

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    Steve 07-27-15
    Steve 07-27-15
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    "The things that go bump in the night"

    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.

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    Doug 07-26-15
    Doug 07-26-15
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    "Please read this book"

    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.

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    Andi 07-26-15
    Andi 07-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love to hate this book!"

    Fantastic book. I had no idea what was going on and I love that and hate it at the same time.

    Narration was great. One of my favorites.

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    Roberta 07-24-15
    Roberta 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging Mystery Keeps You Guessing"

    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.

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    Sally 07-24-15
    Sally 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Escapism literature that o my works half the time"

    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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