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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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    Kim Binsky 03-07-15
    Kim Binsky 03-07-15
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    "Good read-one troubling scene"

    I love Gillian Flynn's work. Had a hard time through one scene in the book. Beyond that, I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I expected I would.

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    Marie 03-07-15
    Marie 03-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"

    I really enjoyed the extra narrators for some of the other characters, story kept me intrigued all the time. I love the unconventional ending of Gillian Flynn's stories!!

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    Melvin Hayden 03-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great murder mystery "

    Takes the reader through a gut wrenching description of the murder. Worth your time and money.

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    NAOMI STEIN Xenia, OH, US 03-05-15
    NAOMI STEIN Xenia, OH, US 03-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Even better than Gone Girl"

    I have read Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects. This one is by far the best! I am not one to "figure out" a story, so it kept me guessing and entertained. Try this, even if you don't normally like suspense/mystery stories (I don't usually read that genre).

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    Lori 03-05-15
    Lori 03-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "You will not regret this book"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Places the most enjoyable?

    I truly enjoyed the narration. The different narrators really gave the story's characters distinct personalities.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is definately a story that will have you flinching every once in awhile. I expected a twist, and boy did I get it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I felt so sorry for the character Ben, that any time it was his turn I was excited to hear what was going to happen next.


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

    Hold on to your seat, you are in for one heck of a ride!


    Any additional comments?

    Just a note, if you are squeemish, there are some scenes in this book that may be upsetting. This book is not for the faint of heart!

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    Angela DeWine 03-05-15
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    "Not as good as Gone Girl"

    Overall a good book but after reading Gone Girl going to this one afterwards was a little disappointing. It definitely leaves you guessing until the end!

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    Tracy 03-05-15
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    "Good book!"

    Definitely interesting, pretty dark but good otherwise. Keeps you interested the entire time, will definitely be interested in her other books.


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    Brittany Camille 03-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Performance"

    The book started off slow and I wasn't sure that I was going to finish because I didn't really like Libby. I still don't like her very much but the story was very intriguing and kept me on my toes! I couldn't wait to listen to it everyday and even found a way to listen in the shower! I really enjoyed this novel!

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    Kathy 03-03-15
    Kathy 03-03-15
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    "Enjoyable listen with a genuine surprise ending"

    Kept my interest throughout...I liked the story and the narrator. My only criticism is that I'd like to know more about several of the characters (Runner, Diane, Crystal) including what happened to them.

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    Bobbie WA-USA 03-03-15
    Bobbie WA-USA 03-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Takes you to another place"
    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    We love books where we are transported to the place that author envisioned while writing the book. In Dark Place each scene is detailed so you are watching the story take place or feeling the character themselves in this book. The story along with the narrator's voice and expressions used while reading aloud makes this a 5 star book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each character was different and I can see readers connecting with characters on different levels from either them personally or someone like them. She describes them in such detail you can vividly imagine each character and what they are feeling at the time.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The voices didn't detract from the story. Some other audio-books can sound cheesy or distracting, but these one were spot on. Other books can have a fantastic story but they just don't sound right with the narrators assigned, or the narrator doesn't convey the right expression or mood the book calls for. Luckily, these narrators do.


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