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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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    norma FARMINGTON, AR, United States 06-20-13
    norma FARMINGTON, AR, United States 06-20-13
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    "Unbelievably great."
    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my top 3 favorites.


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

    Yes. The author takes you down a path that seems to be heading towards a likely conclusion, but then it takes a twist and then a turn and you are no longer sure any more, but the conclusion is always amazing. I didn't think she could top gone girl but she did!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Very pleasant and fit the character. Great persona of the person speaking.


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    Jill 06-20-13
    Jill 06-20-13
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    "Another good book from Gillian Flynn"
    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dark Places is one of the most captivating audiobooks that I've listened to so far. The story slowly unfolds, and while I did figure it out towards the end, it kept me guessing for quite some time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Libby had to be my favorite character as the main storyteller. From her shutting out the trauma of her childhood to discovering the true story behind the murders, I get why she is the way she is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without spoiling the plot it is hard to describe the part that I enjoyed the most. It was hard to enjoy the story narrated by Ben for a few chapters, but by the time Libby is visiting Chrissy as an adult I was really enjoying the story unfolding.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne-Marie Birmingham, AL, United States 06-17-13
    Anne-Marie Birmingham, AL, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Waaaaay tooooo looooong."
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or the narrators?

    Yes


    Was Dark Places worth the listening time?

    This loooong story kinda kept me entertained while I cleaned out my dressing room/closet, which is an unending chore. I was able to tolerate several multi-hour sessions of folding, hanging and organizing. I am determined to finish the project and the story.


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    Norman Montclair, US, Canada 06-08-13
    Norman Montclair, US, Canada 06-08-13
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    "It might make you nauseous... because of blood"
    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    The shifting between the past and present.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    oh... they bring that movie experience and a sense of being there in the middle of it all.


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

    No, but I did find myself taking to some of the characters at times. "don't do it, don't do it! you did it.."


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great book and you won't regret using your credit/buying the book, but read the description first, and like every other comment has said up till now, It IS a dark book there and there is a lot of disturbing passages as well as plenty of blood. So if your looking for a book with a happy ending this might not be it. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LOUANA San Antonio, TX, United States 06-06-13
    LOUANA San Antonio, TX, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2012

    Love books

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    "Super Story"
    If you could sum up Dark Places in three words, what would they be?

    Sad. Interesting. Twisted.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Libby. She's so sad and desperate. Almost unable to work,but works hard at staying unemployed. If she had gotten the help she needed early in her life she would never had learned the truth.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to move between characters and never loose the audience.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The last Day


    Any additional comments?

    Great story of a little girl lost and the young man who comes along to help her find herself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana PORTLAND, OR, United States 05-30-13
    Diana PORTLAND, OR, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprised Me"
    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audiobook that I downloaded and was worried that it wouldn't keep my attention, but I was pleasantly surprised that it did and I finished it in a weekend.


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

    Just when I though I had it figured out there was a twist, it kept me guessing until the end


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were perfect.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Libby Day survived an horrific event only to realize that maybe what she thought was the truth was a twisted in her memory


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Findlay, OH, United States 05-28-13
    Anne Findlay, OH, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Underwhelmed."
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    I'm not sure what impressed me less .... The adjective-laden writing that sounded like a high school level descriptive writing assignment, or the vaguely annoying narration. Together they were underwhelming. I realize that the main character was filled with ennui but this did not ring true for me (in relation to the tone of the narration).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 05-27-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Interesting story line...fabulous story telling!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes...interesting, suspenseful and wonderfully narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration was awesome...all the narrators did a great job.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I usually do not like multiple narrators but this performance was just fabulous!


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

    No memorable moments..it was an interesting and suspenseful story that I listened to every chance I got. I loved the format going back and forth from past to present in telling the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Yardville, NJ, United States 05-22-13
    Theresa Yardville, NJ, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Dark, compelling, sad and fulfilling"
    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. I have a history of libre voix recordings but there something different about these kind of suspense/thrillers. The characters are not predictable and yet they are consistent and interesting. None of them is boring, not even the people who walk in and out of a scene. I feel very present in the novel; nothing is overly complicated or confusing. I do NOT find myself second guessing any of her plot twists or explanations. Flynn knows as much about what interests the reader as she does about her characters but they are not sweet boring people she writes about. They are brutally real; unapologetically angry and mean and intriguing.


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

    I like that we follow Libby on this quest for the truth... every moment where she gets new information is memorable and exciting.


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

    I liked that there are male and female voices; I don't know how I feel about it when the female does the male voice. Sometimes it makes sense to me, maintaining consistency in narration, other times, it seems like they are making fun of the character...adding an additional layer of patheticness..the way a wife uses an extra boorish voice to mock something her husband has said or the way men do that to women.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes; definitely wanted to get to the next chapter in this book. Didn't mind traffic because I could carry on with my story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    killthebananas PA 05-22-13
    killthebananas PA 05-22-13
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    "good listen"
    Any additional comments?

    This was the first book I listened to by this author and I loved every minute of it. The whole way through I sort of had an idea of where it was headed, but once the end came, I discovered I wasn't quite on the mark. That's what I love about Gyllian Flynn...she's not predictable. I highly recommend this book if you're a fan of twisty, suspenseful books. This will not disappoint. The narrating was also very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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