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)
I've listened to Gone Girl, didn't like it much.
But I gave Dark Places a chance.
Frankly, I didn't expect anything much. But the ending was = Wow!
Yes, the ending is also touching.
It's certainly worth listening till the explosive end.
Kept me guessing all the way to the end. I loved the different characters voices from the present and the past, telling their parts of the story, slowly filling in the blanks, but also raising doubts. Very well written.
The performances were excellent! Really made listening such a pleasure. Very engrossing read. I've spent the entire day sitting on my couch and listening. Normally I save audio books for the car but this book made me skip a day of my life and spend it with audible.
I couldn't stop thinking about the story when I wasn't listening to it! The narration was excellent, the story had twists and turns and all the depravity I love. I highly recommend it.
great story, dark places is a perfect title. lots of flashbacks and character story changes, but interesting enough to keep up and keep listening. its a murder mystery with twists and turns, but not nearly as dark and evil as some reviews state. nothing like gone girl...but still loved them both.
Great story and narration. I was kind of put off by Ben's narrator. He sounded more like someone who should voice-over a 48 Hours episode or be on an automated recording. Also, the mispronounced words and names got to me, the town is S-uh-line-uh not how it was used in the story. And I've never heard anyone say baa-retts, always buh-rettes. They are small things but being from Nebraska, they bugged me enough to stick out. All other aspects of the story were great, even got the hubby hooked. I would recommend.
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