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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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    Samantha 01-07-15
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    Great story, kept me hooked! I listened every free minute I had. All the different readers were great, too. None of their voices got on my nerves. You'll love this book if you liked Gone Girl!

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    Charles 01-07-15
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    "Don't listen when eating!"

    This book was wonderfully written. However, I made the mistake of eating while listening closer to the end. Don't do it!

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    Kerri K. Linehan Denver, Colorado 01-07-15
    Kerri K. Linehan Denver, Colorado 01-07-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!!"

    I couldn't stop until I finished it! Beautifully and wonderfully done. Love a great whodunnit and the past versus present thing worked

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    CALEB 01-06-15
    CALEB 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining, but I won't be raving about it"

    The story was interesting and kept my attention. It's very dark, so be prepared for that. But, in the end, I just felt like something was missing...

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    "Fantastic Thriller"

    I love Gillian Flynn's writing. Especially when she writes in multiple voices as in this and "Gone Girl". Thrilling plot twists keep you guessing, but never knowing until the end.

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    Melissa Mckail, Australia 01-05-15
    Melissa Mckail, Australia 01-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read"

    Great narrators. Good writing technique and style. Likeable and believable characters. A dark depressing story but had a optimistic ending. Definitely catchy, i could not stop listening. Well worth a Credit. Second book of Gillian Flynn's I have listened to now, and I will definitely read further novels from her.

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    Teri 01-05-15
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Places to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. I had this book on my Kindle for months and just could not find the time to get to a point where I was hooked into reading it. The first day I downloaded the audio edition I didn't want to hit pause.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Places?

    When everything that really happen the night of the murders comes together and I realized all of my predictions were completely wrong.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not but the narrator who read the parts of Libbie Day is excellent.


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

    It's not that kind of book but the narration really makes you feel for the characters. This was my first fiction audiobook and I was very impressed.


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    Chelsea 01-04-15
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    "An enjoyable, many layered mystery."

    The narrating was great and I really enjoyed the book. I liked that it was told from multiple perspectives. There was always something happening...Kept me interested up until the last line. Worth it!

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    Maureen 01-02-15
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    "Compelling story"

    This story draws you in and keeps you there right up to the end! The narrators did a great job.

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    Anissa M. Phillips Albany, GA 01-02-15
    Anissa M. Phillips Albany, GA 01-02-15 Member Since 2014

    When you come right down to it, the secret to having it all is believing that you do! :)

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    "Loved this book <3"

    The book was better than I imagined...My favorite from Gillian Flynn. Kept me interested throughout the entire read. Highly recommend.

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