Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate.
When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent. Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder?
Libby must delve into her family's past to uncover the truth - no matter how painful.
©2009 Gillian Flynn (P)2009 AudioGo Ltd
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Yes. It was gripping and interesting all the way through. Although Libby is not that likeable, her journey is very well written. The characters are all intriguing as their stories unravel. This is not as good as Gone Girl but is a close second.
Lyle was my favourite character because he was so sweet and desperate to please and one of the only character who was not deeply troubled and pessimistic (though he does have a past too!)
Loreilei King has a terrific ability to perform all the different character's voices as distinct and separate without over-acting in any way. Each character's voice was very believable.
There was not a particularly moving moment but I was caught off guard by Crystal's actions. Mostly I was kept gripped as the pieces of the story unfolded and each suspect told their tale.
This was up to the standard that I have come to expect after Ms Flynn's other books. A great read.
"Well written, well read. Thoroughly enjoyed this"
I really enjoyed this book. The main character is truly unpleasant and yet her total unapologetic acceptance of that made her quite endearing. I found the story engaging and at times harrowing but also quite entertaining and humorous. I would recommend this to anyone. Loved it.
"Strong and gripping, a really good book"
It kept me wondering until the very end!
Discovering Patty's decision, it was totally unexpected and brave and sad.
Finding out the truth
I really enjoyed this book.
I was thoroughly engrossed by this book, great story and an unpredictable ending. The narrator made the characters come to life and I really felt the emotions described. Well worth a purchase.
"Grabs you from the start."
I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you enjoyed Gone Girl.
The main protagonist starts as an irritating spoilt character but as the story unfolds, her personality traits are explored and explained and she grows into someone that by the end of the book I had warm feelings for.
The usual twists and turns that we've come to expect of the author are there in abundance and it was definitely a book that I would stay in the car those extra few minutes for as I wanted to hear what was happening next.
Nicely paced narration.
Only put one star under 'performance' as don't know what it refers to - give us back the old simple reviews please Audible!!
Anyway the audiobook itself was excellent. I was a bit concerned I'd be disappointed having enjoyed Go Girl so much and relatively recently, but on the basis of another review i took my chance. I wasn't disappointed, this is a very different story and didn't feel repetitive at all. The story is excellent and the narration was perfect. Certainly in my top 3 audiobooks of all time. Only problem was it's taken me a while to download another audiobook as I know it will be a disappointment after Dark Places.
"Very dark indeed"
This was an unusual story. The main character certainly had her flaws, and at times it was difficult to like her. The story dealt with some difficult to deal with subjects and situations. It was well written, well read, very dark and certainly not predictable.
"So well written and read. So sorry I finished!"
The narrator made this book for me. Her sardonic drawl was better than my head could have imagined. The inflexions she used were quite perfect. I think Ms King had to have read this book over and over in order to capture exactly how she wanted to portray the characters.
The central character was interesting in that she drew no empathy for her terrible situation but eventually, when she started to try and discover her history I wanted her to succeed. Her Aunt Diane was wonderfully portrayed too. A feisty no nonsense women - perfectly characterized.
Her accent was fantastic. I am British so it would have been difficult to imagine this story without the perfect narration.
Yes - towards the end when we found out what had actually caused the "murder". So devastating.
I didn't think that Gone Girl could be bettered. This was amazing and I couldn't recommend it more highly. Every sentence had a gem of irony, sarcasm or sardonic humour. Wonderfully thought out and written. Well done to Gillian Flynn.
"Disappointing - but very well narrated"
My new favourite author and my favourite narrator! After listening to Sharp Objects and Gone Girl and loving them both, I couldn't wait to get into this one. And it had the Flynn hallmarks I so enjoy: an unreliable narrator, lead characters who are unlikeable yet compelling, a streak of downright nastiness at the root of the novel, and a slick, pacy style.
But something was missing in this book for me, and I can't put my finger on exactly what it was. Perhaps it was because I found Libby rather dull and uninteresting compared to Flynn's other lead females, who are clever, dark and acerbic. I honestly didn't care what happened, who it happened to and who turned out to have dunnit in the end.
Maybe I'd overdosed on Flynn, as this was my third in a row. Other reviewers have adored this book so I do seem to be in a minority. For that reason I would still recommend you give it a go if you're a Flynn fan.
And on the plus side, Lorelei King narrates with her usual smooth tones and expertise.
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