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)
Rebecca Lowman does an excellent job reading this book. The characters are well developed and you get a feel you really know the main characters.
Locking forward to book 3. Hope Rebecca Lowman narrates.
Could not turn this off. One cold winter's night 7-year old Libby's mother and two sisters ae murdered. Her brother is convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Twemty years later Libby begins to look into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy, unravelling a complex history woven by a mixed cast of dysfunctional characters. The narration is excellent. As the story is told first by Libby and then by the men and other women involved in the action, male and female narrators provide their voices. It is immensely effective.
I love mystery and thriller novels but this was too much. I had a very hard time finishing it because of the content, not the writing or narration. It was very upsetting. I don't feel there was excessive use of the F word as some said.
This story kept me completely hooked until the end. The characters felt very real, and the story is full of twists and turns. A great story and I definitely recommend it.
Gillian Flynn is just a fabulous writer. She has a knack with verisimilitude in her characters that makes me want to go back and track just how she built them up, piece by piece- but only after I get to the end of this engrossing mystery. I'd rate this among the best books I've read (or listened to) in quite a while. I loved Sharp Objects and this is even better. LIsten, you won't be sorry!
I loved this book. Like the title implies, this is a dark story. But it is also a well written and very engrossing story. I really got drawn in by the mystery of who killed Libby Day's family. I liked Libby, she made an interesting heroine, even though her past had left her bitter and depressed. The book slowly unravels the mystery of what really happened by alternating Libby's story, her mother Patty's story, and her older brother, Ben's story. This is a great book with great character development. The narrators also did a good job, adding to my enjoyment of this book. Give this book a try if you enjoy dark mysteries that delve deeply into the tragedy of a family, and the ramifications to those who survived.
This book is a must listen. The characters are extremely well developed, the plot compelling and the narration was excellent. After listening to several dogs, this was excellent!! THANK YOU!!!
"Dark Places" had the misfortune to be read right after I had read "Twilight," by William Gay. The latter, a near masterpiece by a writer who is the near equal of Cormac McCarthy, himself the near equal of William Faulkner, makes "Dark Places" seem like a piece of tabloid journalism. Mr. Gay could give Ms. Flynn a lesson or two in darkness. He could also teach her how to write sentences that dazzle you with their brilliance. "Dark Places" is at least a hundred pages too long, which means that many scenes are bloated, and the novel never acquires forward momentum.
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
I admired the careful construction of this novel, but little else. Trapped in the meticulous plotting of plot, the characters are never allowed to come alive. The conclusion to the book's whodunit side is 'shaggy dog' and unaffecting. And the prose teems with similies like a gothic poem written on a Hello Kitty bedspread.
Sharp Objects is such a good book. I don't blame Gillian Flynn for looking for an easier way to write - I just hope she goes back to suffering her way through and gives us a true emotional experience next time.
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