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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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    "More twists and turns than a roller coaster"

    This was the first book I've listened to by Flynn and I absolutely loved it! I could not stop listening to it. The book is told from different viewpoints, a device that pulled me in.

    The reasons for the 3 & 4 star ratings has to do with the ending. I was pretty dissatisfied, and it partly felt like a cop out.

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    Kara 02-24-15
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    Really enjoyed this book. Kinda slow at first but when it picked up it got very interesting. Love Gillian Flynn.

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    Brenda Walker Kansas City, MO 02-23-15
    Brenda Walker Kansas City, MO 02-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So good"

    I didn't want it to end but I NEEDED to know! I grew up in KC in the small town of Kearney that was mentioned in the book. It was so amazing to GET INTO the story.

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    Well done with lots of good twist and turns!! I like the varied time lines now go get sharp objects :)

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    "Gillian is talented!"

    She never ceases to amaze me! She has THE BEST endings. I usually predict the endings of books and I choose my books from the NY Times best sellers list. Gillian has raised the bar!!!

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    I loved every second of it. the only thing that brought me down was the fact that it was so short.

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    Truly enjoyed this book. First read gone girl and thought I would try another from the author. Very glad I did!

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    What did you love best about Dark Places?

    There were so many twists And turns kept me on my toes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lyle was my favorite he belong to this crazy kill club, but seem to be more than a groupie.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Libby Day as she seemed very real, confused regretful and self centered all wrapped in one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Ben's silence was odd especially how he lets Deondra (sp?) control him.


    Any additional comments?

    Gillian Flynn has one friggin' twisted imagination.

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    Barbara 02-16-15
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    enjoyed this story very much and will get more by this author in the futurr

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    Love Gillian Flynn.

    Brilliant work!

    Flynn creates a story where all the characters are deeply flawed and unloveable. Yet, you empathize and enjoy every second of it.

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