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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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
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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