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
Dark Places is the story of Libby Day who, in 1985, helped a jury convict her 15 year-old brother Ben for the brutal murder of her mother and sisters. Now, 25 years later, Ben remains in prison and the money in Libby's trust fund is gone. Unwilling to find a job, Libby accepts an offer from a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. The Kill Society offer to pay Libby to interview Ben and others about the massacre and they are eager to buy family mementos from her.
The story unfolds in alternating chapters between Libby in the present and her family in the hours leading up to the murders. The characters are vivid and believable though not very likable.The chapters play off each other perfectly exposing layer upon layer of ugliness.Gillian Flynn has had the courage to depict the long term damage and consequences of a brutal murder. She almost dares the reader to look away.
This novel succeeds on so many levels. It made me think about what happens to the survivors in the headlines or on the news. In the media limelight they are showered with sympathy, years later they are all but forgotten.
Dark Places is a masterpiece of cold blooded horror. It is not for the squeamish. There is graphic violence to humans and animals. There is sexual content and language that some may find offensive.
If you're looking for a dark (really dark!) mystery that is well crafted and competently narrated, then this is the book for you. I actually enjoyed it more than Gone Girl.
Mom of two,I love listening and reading at the same time. I love the immersion reading option,I enjoy it a lot.
Yes absolutely! Well written story and well read.
When she finally found diondra.
Dianne,I liked how her voice changed it suits the character.
party's sacrifice for her children.
Great read and great audio. I recommend reading all gillian flynn's books. Love her,looking forward to her next book.
Gillian Flynn is an excellent writer - I love her turns of phrase and unique imagery, so I could read anything she writes. This ending was more predictable than Gone Girl but I still enjoyed the ride. The performance was outstanding, my favourite on Audible so far. I was desperate to keep listening (couldn't 'put it down') so would highly recommend this.
A bravely drawn anti-hero -- unconventional, anti-social, on the margins. She hooked me immediately and I was happily swept along as the layers of the past were peeled away to reveal an extremely satisfying conclusion.
If I had known about the chapter describing in detail the animal cruelty I would never have started this book. It was completely unnecessary to describe in such gory detail the suffering of the animal. I wanted to hear it in case the story progressed but had to skip over it because I just didn't want that in my head. Hard to know but I don't think it made much difference to the story. It was quite disgusting.
It is an interesting story. I will listen to the rest to hopefully get some resolution to the story.
I loved every minute of this compelling and addictive story. Believable characters and refreshingly surprising outcome.
"Gory, uncomfortable listen"
Although a very well written book, I found it far too gory and detailed. The story was very dark which I was expecting to a degree, but it certainly made me flinch once or twice and I don't have a soft stomach!
Lorelei King excellently narrated the book - she managed to give the characters a real sense of personality which matched the tone of the book brilliantly.
It's tricky to describe without giving too much away.. but it would more than likely be the sacrifice, or perhaps not cut it away but softened the description slightly. I appreciate though that it was the level of detail which made the horrific crimes in the book all the more abhorrent.
"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
"The title says everything about this story"
I don't generally revisit books for a number of years, but in saying that never say never. I enjoyed this book but it was quite disturbing in places.
The conclusion. It all built up to that point and it didn't disappoint.
No, but I'll lookout for others. She was awesome
Not particularly, the book carried you on a wave of emotions in which you had empathy for certain characters one minute, then distaste for them the next.
"A violent mystery thriller"
I might listen to it again in a few years.
I liked the protagonist, she is a bit of an anti-hero.
She puts her own stamp on all the characters. I think she does a good job.
This book is quite violent, much more so than Gone Girl. But I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Sharp Objects (Flynn's first book).
So unnecessarily and gratuitously gory that I gave up on it. Whilst I can see what she was trying to do, that amount of lingering on the grotesque just made me turn it off. In a novel, you can skip past something like that but unfortunately it was not possible on audiobook. A real shame as I LOVED Gone Girl and was hoping for another excellent read.
"Worth a Read."
I haven't read the print edition, but I'd say not. In my opinion I found the readers voice a little annoying. I think I would have come up with much better voices for the characters in my own head.
Depends on how good the book was. I probably wouldn't choose to listen to another narrated by Lorelei King on a whim. Although she reads well, her voice grated on me toward the end of the book, especially when she was portraying the male characters; so much so I couldn't wait for the story to be over.
Most reviews I read of Dark Places, before I bought it, said the main character, Libby Day was not so likeable at the start but then became likeable. I on the other hand liked her from the go get. I often found myself identifying with the way she feels about life and people. Her social awkwardness, the disconnect she feels from humanity and her sometimes apathetic demeanour. I liked the way the story flitted back and forth between present and past, and you got to hear perspectives from Libby's mum; although I found myself not very sympathetic to her plight, she seemed to me ineffectual and useless. Most of the Day family appeared to me this way, like as if Patty's hopelessness and completely enveloped her kids before they even started. No-one seemed like a fighter in the Day family, save perhaps for Libby, but mostly life chewed them up and spat them out. I like this realism in the writing, people and life is and can be sh***y. The twist was not so hard to guess at, but over-all I did like this story.
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.
"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.
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