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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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    Andi 07-26-15
    Andi 07-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love to hate this book!"

    Fantastic book. I had no idea what was going on and I love that and hate it at the same time.

    Narration was great. One of my favorites.

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    Roberta 07-24-15
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    "Engaging Mystery Keeps You Guessing"

    Flynn's flawed protagonist is engaging as her narrative draws the reader into her grief-filled world. The mystery of what happened to the Day family is enhance by Flynn's creative style and the alternative narratives keeps the reader invested in duel story lines that trace what happen to the Days as well as Libby's present day quest.

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    Sally 07-24-15
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    "Escapism literature that o my works half the time"

    I have now listened to all of Gillian Flynn's books, and I just think they are not for me. Maybe just for a good, quick escape listen.

    Anyways, they all start off exciting and draw me in, but the story just goes too haywire at one point. The writing also declines to weird or awkward sexual innuendos at one point (early in Sharp Objects later in Gone Girl and Dark Places.) For example saying a character's "lips [were] full like labias..." I'm not a prude, but what does that add? It just pulls me out of the story.... More of a distraction.

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    Sue Ransom 07-23-15
    Sue Ransom 07-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "An interesting storyline"

    Author kept you attentive by sending you in a number of directions Good "Who Done It"

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    Leigh1313 07-23-15
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    "book wasn't very good"

    the story line was lacking and I felt obligated to finish bc I paid for it

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    linxminx 07-23-15
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    "Edge of your seat thriller!"

    Couldn't stop listening. Great suspense, excellent narration. Flynn is great at writing fiction based on the dark side of reality. She's good at bringing the crazy in us all to life.

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    Sarah Stone 07-23-15
    Sarah Stone 07-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "OK."

    It was easy to listen to , but I did not feel invested in the characters.

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    doris 07-23-15
    doris 07-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the way the story is told..."

    The story is told in different points of view. The listener get an idea of what each of the characters are feeling, doing, thinking from their own perspectives.

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    Hillary 07-23-15
    Hillary 07-23-15
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    "Fantastic"

    'Gone Girl' is what got me hooked to audio books in the first place and I had been searching high and low for a book I liked as much, finally deciding to try Flynn's other books. I'm glad I did and will be listening to more

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    Christian 07-22-15
    Christian 07-22-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Hold onto the edge of your seat"

    This book takes you for a ride, full of twists and turns. No doubt about it, Gillian Flynn keeps you wondering and intrigued until the end every time.

    The narrator was terrific.

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