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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Bought this book as I read gone girl which was very good. However this story never really got started! Listened and hoped it would improve.....not yo be. Very slow I fact never got started. Thumbs down from me.
Great characters it keeps you guessing until the end. I want to read more about Libby.
"Gripping but sad"
I don't think this is a story I would listen to again and it builds up to who did it and once you know I'm not sure it would be the same again
The characters and the flashbacks to the night of the massacre
I haven;t listened to any other books she has read but thoroughly enjoyed this
It was so sad really, the way the story turned out made you realise the harsh choices people have to make when under pressure
"Hated the characters so much I loved them"
I would recommend this book, and have done so already. It's now on on several people's holiday reading list. There's something strangely addictive about this book, you just want one chapter throughout. There's plenty of little hooks and twists along the way to leave almost desperate to find out what really happened that night.
None of the characters are particularly likeable, except for Patty. So I'm baffled why I liked them. Except for Deandra, would be worried about anyone who felt sorry for her.
I haven't read anything similar to this before. It's not of a genre I usually read.
This is the first I have listened to so cannot really compare.
I didn't have any visible outward reaction to this book. Just as well as I often listen on the train or whilst out for a walk. I did burn through it in a weekend as I just couldn't stand not knowing who done it.
"Love this book"
This book is just a description of how wrong stuff could go and the effects it has but told from a survivors point of view rather than a being a victim. Loved the book
"Great book!!! Very recommended"
Loved it!!! Very intrigue story. As good as Gone Girl, reader of the book is top class too
King does a good job reading this book and excels at altering her tone for each character. Unfortunately I do find her delivery overly emotional and it starts to really irritate after a while. Still this wasn't enough to stop me listening because the story is gripping. It's a dark and sometimes disturbing tale, but the characterisation is good and there are enough twists to keep the plot moving at a good pace.
As with all Gillian Flynn's books, it's not a great literary work and it frequently falls foul of cliche and familiar stereotype, but it is a good story that will keep you entertained and it's well enough written that the flaws won't bother you.
Excellent book that keeps you guessing right till the end. If you enjoyed gone girl but where left frustrated with the ending the I'd suggest this book is for you.
"Too similar format to gone girl"
I found it annoying. I listened to this just after gone girl. Gone girl is much better. This is very similar in format - but no where near as good
"Gripping couldn't stop listening"
Great plot that unfolds slowly and cleverly. Like Gone Girl empathy with characters was difficult although in the end Libby won me over.
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