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)
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.
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.
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!!!
There were so many twists And turns kept me on my toes.
Lyle was my favorite he belong to this crazy kill club, but seem to be more than a groupie.
Libby Day as she seemed very real, confused regretful and self centered all wrapped in one.
Ben's silence was odd especially how he lets Deondra (sp?) control him.
Gillian Flynn has one friggin' twisted imagination.
Love Gillian Flynn.
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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