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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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    Denise Sweeney Decatur, Georgia 10-30-15
    Denise Sweeney Decatur, Georgia 10-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    Excellent read, kept me guessing until the end. the performance was really excllent, too!

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    JK 10-30-15
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    "Thriller."

    The book was overall a good mystery. Like "Gone Girl" it takes you through the story from different perspectives. Had high hopes for this novel after Gone Girl but don't think anything could top that.

    The narrators were good and helped portray each character. Unfortunately, I don't think the ending really closed the story. Never saw the movie or knew it was a movie before this book.

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    Bob Fremgen 10-30-15
    Bob Fremgen 10-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I know why she is a best selling author"
    If you could sum up Dark Places in three words, what would they be?

    Different, inviting, captivating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead. She is the anti-hero we can all associate with. You don't have to be beautiful, a genius or brave to be a hero.


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

    See above.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say anything about the book "moved" me. But there were several parts that were very entertaining.


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    Octavius Barometulous 10-29-15
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    "Good story, good reveal, journey is too long"

    This is usually not a problem with most books but it's pretty obvious when you're getting filler in this one. Still a really good story, worth the read. Just not incredibly compelling the whole way through.

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    Seanna 10-28-15
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    loved the performance. excellent story, but so dark and depressing. the end was so unsatisfactory but understandable. ugh just drove me crazy. wanted to hate who did it and I just didn't have that feeling at the end. very well written.

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    "Love the twist"

    I read a lot and this was a nice change . Keeping me guessing and on the edge of my seat !

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    Tracy Rutan Carrollton, TX United States 10-27-15
    Tracy Rutan Carrollton, TX United States 10-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Typical Flynn!"

    Disturbing, intriguing, real, unimaginable, horrifying and entertaining. All wrapped up in some appropriate voices that make it even more real. A great listen!

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    "Meh"

    Maybe a comparison to Gone Girl isn't fair, but if you're looking for something similar in complexity and intrigue, this is not it.

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    Mel's Notes 10-24-15
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    "A book that made me take the scenic route"

    This it's the first book I tried on Audible, and I'm thrilled with the quality of the content and the narration. I'm no longer dreading my commute, but embracing a little extra time to find out what happens next in this intriguing novel. I love mysteries and usually can tell what will happen, but this story had me guessing til the end. What a great story, wonderful narrators, and a little extra joy added to my quality of life!

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    gina 10-22-15
    gina 10-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good"

    This was my first gillian flynn and I really enjoyed it. Interesting format and thrilling story telling.

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