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)
After reading "Gone Girl", I find this book to have a darker psychological side to more characters. The readings were well done.
disturbing, depressing, anti climactic
any of the times when Ben's horrible girlfriend was mean and hateful to him.
Rebecca Lowman- yes. The others- no.
I think I would have enjoyed reading, rather than listening to, this book. It's a good story.
First of all, this was a fantastic read. Flynn is a wonderfully skilled writer and I devour her books. I enjoyed this book more than Gone Girl (though I too enjoyed Gone Girl). The plot made more sense and I felt this one had an appropriate conclusion.
The one thing I didn't love about this book was the near comical level of 'one after another' misfortunes that were foisted upon the Day family. The meat of the Patty Day sections were constantly introducing new Murphy's Law type problems that started to feel like a dark Ben Stiller movie. 3 terribly perfectly timed bad things happened yesterday? Well 6 more are going to happen today.
And while the voice acting for Patty Day's section was absolutely fantastic and absolutely what you'd expect in your mind from reading those sections - her level of defeatedness really begins to weigh on the listener, especially when paired with the myriad doomsday happenings that took place.
My other negative takeaway from the book was the language. I don't object to bad language when it is fitting, but the overuse of the F word and the many GDs seemed jarring and out of place. GD was everywhere in this book, often in places that were so misused that it took me out of the story. "Bad words" should be artfully placed for impact and weighted importance, not bandied about like a paint roller, filling spaces where modifiers aren't even necessary.
Overall this was a fantastic book that I couldn't put down. Flynn is super dark, I knew that coming in. Her skill is undeniable and I eagerly await her next non-YA title.
Books are a survival tool in a sometimes insane world.
Yes. The story was palpable and kept you guessing. I love plots like that.
absolutely. Heart racing mystery and drama.
Loved the narration. That can be make or break for me.
What REALLY happened that day?
Only if my wife was listening in the car. Once you know who did it the suspense is gone.
Masterfully told story. The getting a piece of the story through the eyes of everyone involved kept you guessing.
This was only my third audible book but it was the best thus far. I thought the readers did a great job expressing emotion. It is very disturbing and somewhat depressing. However, it takes you into a world you will hopefully never visit.
Libby. She is stronger than she thinks.
I found myself wanting to listen to this every chance I got. I bought it so I could listen to something on my long commute. I found myself listening while I worked out, cooked, cleaned, and even put it on the counter while taking a bath.
The story was fantastic and excellent narration!!! One of my all time favorite books.
Libby Day. Another kick ass woman character with a dark side. A lead character like only Gillian Flynn can do.
It was all so dang good!!!! Suspenseful and plot twists were great!! Couldn't stop reading. Have listened to it several times.
One of my favorite books! Gillian Flynn knocks it out of the park again!! Looking forward to the movie.
Read, Write, Pray...Works for Me!
Story = 4 1/2 stars overall
Great narration, fabulous writing with all of Flynn's specific and dead-on details, and an interesting tale. Every day I couldn't wait to find out more of what was going on.
I have recommended it to a friend, but warned her that its my least favorite of Flynn's three books. With that being said, it is still a worthwhile read.
Will her dark family secret be brought to light?
I love the multiple narrations in the audiobook.
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