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)
In this earlier work by Flynn, miserable character Libby Day's testimony sends her older brother Ben to prison for the brutal, bloody deaths of her mother and two sisters. Now, twenty- four years later, an equally dark group of men and infatuated women gradually convince Libby that someone else may have committed the crime.
Flynn uses foreshadowing masterfully is this truly aptly named work in adding kleptomania to Libby Day's miserable existence, a flaw central to the story's eventual resolution. The narration is excellent and Flynn manages to pull off a successful switch back-and-forth between first- and third-person story-telling.
This book was amazing... I love that Gillian Flynn's books suck you into the crazy world of her characters and just totally screws with your head! Bravo Lady!! Bravo.
I only do audio.
Ben. I was a teenage boy. I knew other teenage boys. I saw some of those boys struggle with anger, resentment, and rejection. In fact we all do, but I was shocked how this writer absolutely nailed so many of the nuances of a teenage boys mind.
yes. I liked Libby's narrator better than Bens.
You have no idea what you are capable of....
Got this because I loved Gone Girl. I was hooked from the beginning and finished in less than a week. Gillian can spin a thread and weave it as well as anyone. Nicely done. Hope they don't screw the movie up.
What an intriguing story! It was never boring. It kept me wanting to listen when I arrived at work in the morning and had to shut it off. Looked forward to the drive home. Great story!
US Navy Submarine Officer
Great who dunnit til the end! Great voice acting too. Will be reading the rest of Ms Flynns efforts.
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