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Dark Places Audiobook

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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    Darden North Jackson, MS 06-21-15
    Darden North Jackson, MS 06-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Aptly named story, not for the depressed"

    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.

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    Marilyn Washington, DC, United States 06-19-15
    Marilyn Washington, DC, United States 06-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "You will not be sorry."

    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.

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    Jesse Darley 06-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best of the three"

    Real characters. Great suspense. Perfect pace. Great acting. I preferred this to Sharp Objects and Gone Girl.

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    michele borg 06-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Listen"

    Great story! Kept me guessing the whole time, couldn't stop listening. All three narrators also kept it interesting.

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    Heather Salazar 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Had me hooked"

    Still like sharp objects better but this was really good! Definitely a must read! Had me guessing the whole time.

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    Donna 06-18-15
    Donna 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth Listening"

    A little slow to start, but a good story and some really great plot twists.

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    Torsten C. 06-16-15
    Torsten C. 06-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Dark, Very Dark"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Places to be better than the print version?

    I only do audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    yes. I liked Libby's narrator better than Bens.


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

    You have no idea what you are capable of....


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Cindy MAGNA, UT, United States 06-13-15
    Cindy MAGNA, UT, United States 06-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth the listen"

    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!

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    Tony Troup Aurora, Illinois United States 06-12-15
    Tony Troup Aurora, Illinois United States 06-12-15

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    "Great who dunnit til the end!"

    Great who dunnit til the end! Great voice acting too. Will be reading the rest of Ms Flynns efforts.

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    Kb 06-12-15
    Kb 06-12-15
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    "Suspenseful!"

    This was a good read, very suspenseful. I love that the different characters had different readers.

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