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)
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I LOVE GILLIAN FLYNN. Please stop making movies and write more books. Dark Places will keep you guessing until the very end.
Dark Places is definitely worth a second listen. Gillian Flynn has such amazing insight into psychological complexes, trauma and motivations. It's as much of a pleasure to get to know her characters as it is to follow along the twisting paths of the plot. (I always find myself casting the inevitable movie as I listen.) I also loved her descriptions of Kansas, my home state.
As with "Gone Girl," Gillian Flynn unfolds the story masterfully. Bit by bit, events are slowly revealed, as you view the same circumstances through different characters' eyes. Flynn shows how wrong we can be in our perceptions of others, as when listening to the story, I realized I was wrong in my judgement of the characters.
I found the narration of the three main characters, particularly Libby and Ben, to be almost painfully slow at times. I suspect the reason was to contrast the delivery (slow, flat) with the sometimes gruesome, sad or horrifying events -- to convey the characters' somnambulistic response to the grim circumstances of their lives in a way that would point up the horror in an understated way, rather than making it "pulp fiction," lurid and cheap. I'm reminded of the flat narration of Sissy Spacek in "Badlands" (or the bleak cinematography of "Fargo"). The banality of evil and all that. Nevertheless, the narration was just too flat and slow in places, and distracted me from the story somewhat. I did enjoy the voices and accents, although Kansans don't really have a Southern accent. And, having grown up in Kansas, I winced every time "Salina" was pronounced "Sal-EE-na" rather than "Sal-EYE-na." It's a common mistake for those who've never been to the state, but could have been prevented with a bit of research.
This is my second Gillian Flynn novel, and I could have listened to it all in one sitting. I had to stop everything to listen to the last hour and a half.
While not quite as good as "Gone Girl," "Dark Places" is excellent, and sealed my decision to buy "Sharp Objects." I can't wait for the next Gillian Flynn novel!
evil, strange, interesting
The twists in the characters as they switched from Past to Current.
no laughing or crying... more like wow can people really be this screwed up?
Not as good as the other two books she's done.... but still very good. Would have liked a little more to the ending...
Kept me listening because I wanted to find out who the killer was.
Nothing special in narration
Enjoyable listen, but not as good as "Gone Girl". Nonetheless, it was still an enjoyable book that kept me wanting more and to uncover the mystery.
i could not stop listening to this! I was enthralled within minutes of listening.
The book gave me chills. The way Flynn writes her characters are so real. And i like how the ending isnt all happily ever after.
HUGE!! fan of this author. will continue to read/listen to anything that she writes
The narrators are fantastic.
It's a good story. Disturbing, but good. You want to know what happened that night, and it's very satisfying once all is revealed.
The scene where Libby goes to see Trey in the present was the best, it felt very intense to me.
Yes! I had to stop with one hour left so I could go to bed, and I finished it as soon as possible the next day.
This writer is my new favorite. This book has a lot of layers to it. It's complicated, a whodunit with family issues, not too lovable characters, and disturbing imagery. Glad I took the risk and tried it after reading "Gone Girl". Next is "Sharp Objects". Highly recommend! Definitely worth a credit.
It's definitely one of my favorite reads.
Gillian Flynn's novels always keep me on the edge of my seat. She builds the suspense perfectly.
Even though he was a smaller character, I really enjoyed Lyle.
I usually don't listen to mysteries more than once. I possibly may in a few years when the story has left me more.
Yes. It was very gruesome and a very sad, but I didn't want to stop listening. There were lot's of twists and turns. It was also the kind of story that you went over in your mind during the breaks from listening.
I don't have a particular scene that I enjoyed but it was a coming together of all the different scenes that I thought were orchestrated very well.
Yes. It was very hard to turn off.
I read Gillian Flynn's other novels before this one. She had set the bar very high. This one fell a little short for me. However, if this was from another author I would want to listen to more of their work.
Tentatively, I can answer "yes," even though I've never read the print version. The voice of Libby was spot on - a beat-down, contemptuous, self-hating, f*** you, lazy drawl that fit the character perfeclty.
I've enjoyed all of Gillian Flynn's novels, especially her damaged and fragile-yet-tough-as-nails women. All of the characters in Dark Places are deeply flawed and (almost) broken, but they're also intriguing and multi-dimensional. I actually liked Libby a lot, even with the animal cruelty and kleptomania!
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