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Dark Places Audiobook

Dark Places: A Novel

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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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    Jennifer 08-27-15
    Jennifer 08-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another dark story from Flynn"
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    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.

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    Brittany Hill 08-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Good Book!"

    It started off slow, but boy was this book good! The ending is so surprising and you can picture everything happening. Excellent writing.

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    Jessica Tussey 08-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it!"

    finished in a few days. I listen to every chance I could get. keep me wanting to listen more to find out what happened next. this isn't very good author !

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    Stickerslug Premium Decals Tempe, AZ 08-27-15
    Stickerslug Premium Decals Tempe, AZ 08-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Superb storytelling and engaging crime plot"

    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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    Kathryn Merrifield 08-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good story, great narration."

    good story, but I guessed who done it a little early on, or rather had a good idea. narration was excellent.

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    Danielle Viera 08-25-15
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    "OMG!"

    The story was amazing. Love the way the author held the reveal of the twist right up until the very end. Very good listen!

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    Shannon 08-25-15
    Shannon 08-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book!"

    I loved this story. It kept me guessing until the very end. The only negative I would say is that the language is a bit crude at times.

    Gillian is a fantastic writer - I love how she switches both time frames and perspectives to keep you hanging on her every word! A great book to keep you company on long commutes.

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    Susan 08-24-15
    Susan 08-24-15
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    "Definitely dark"

    Storyline was dark yet the details were necessary to the storyline.
    I liked it. Some think it was too dark but I thought the writing style was very well done.

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    P. Erickson Michigan 08-24-15
    P. Erickson Michigan 08-24-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Very unique story"
    If you could sum up Dark Places in three words, what would they be?

    Sad, Unrealistic and Unique


    What other book might you compare Dark Places to and why?

    Maybe To Kill a Mockingbird - just because of the tone of the book, and not so much the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked it when she met with all the murder geeks. It was humorous.


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

    I wouldn't make this a film.


    Any additional comments?

    SPOILER ALERT: When she confronts the woman who killed her sister and her the woman's daughter, I found that scene a bit contrived and very unbelievable. It really took away from the rest of the book.

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    M. Ulman 08-23-15
    M. Ulman 08-23-15
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    "boring. twist at the end was predictable."

    Whole story was boring. jumped around. character development was pointless. do not recommend at all.

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