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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"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.
"Slow start but builds and builds"
A slow burner, with unsympathetic characters but I really cared about Libby by the end
loved it found the characters very different and was able to follow them all .
Diverting enough but the ending lacked credibility, the characters were emotional stereotypes and didn't engage. Disappointing to anyone who expected the originality of Gone Girl
Good story, great performance(that made it) and a good pace. Initially, about 10 minutes in, I was going to give this book a miss but stuck with it and was happy that I did-Recommended...
The twists and turns. A real page turner.
Gone Girl. Kept you guessing and trying to figure it out.
It was very well read, not patronising or stilted.
Neither. It does shock though at times.
Looking for a book of similar depth.
Gripping story from the start, kept me guessing until the very end! Narration flowed well.
"Didn't enjoy it at all."
Didn't like the characters so couldn't really get into the story. tried a couple of times but as I re started I needed to finish it. but I personally wouldn't recommend this story. very disappointed.
I loved listening to this book. The story has twists and all are believable.
The characters are great and the details interesting.
"a good read"
i like this author. i like her style and the twists of her stories. dark places is a good read.
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