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Dark Places Audiobook

Dark Places: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Connie DURHAM, NC, United States 06-20-12
    Connie DURHAM, NC, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "This one will keep you guessing till the very end."
    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Libby, of course. She was narrated just right, with just exactly the right amount of hopelessness, desperation, and then determination.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to but couldn't. I would sit in my car an extra several minutes after arriving at work, though, just listening and trying to figure out who done it.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never written a review before. Never felt compelled. But after finishing this book tonight, felt I had to. This book kept me hopping from one suspect to the next, and just when I thought I had it figured out...I didn't. I've never given a book 5 stars before, even in my head. This one deserved every last little bit of stars.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 04-01-15
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Exactly a Thriller and not Exactly a Mystery"

    The story follows mostly Libby and her quest for the truth of her family's murder. A lot of this story was told in flashback, and I loved how the tension slowly ratcheted up as the characters hurdled towards their fate. This isn't an action thriller or a mystery as such. I felt like it was more of a personal transformation story with elements of thriller and mystery woven into it. I liked it. True, the story is gory and gruesome at times, but I doubt you'll put this book down. The author is very skilled at pulling the reader in and taking them to dark places.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Williamson Miami, FL 11-02-14
    K. Williamson Miami, FL 11-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A Transfixing Story Line leading to Final Peace"
    What did you love best about Dark Places?

    How the author wove in and out of the history of the characters, all building up to the final twist and climax of the story. A Masterful 'Who was the Killer', all bound in the agony and lost life of the one suriving child.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    This was one of the few books with male / female readers. It worked wonderfully to give added light to the story line. I always wonder why they don't do this more.

    The readers pulled this off wonderfully!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oddly Yes. It kept the pace up very well.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a Dark Book, Graphic at Points, visceral in others, sweet and charming in most places.

    I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Moore Springfield, IL 05-17-14
    Tony Moore Springfield, IL 05-17-14 Member Since 2013

    Kneel Before Zod!!

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    "Really Good Mystery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Places to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version, but this version is nicely done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was told, and the pace.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Meeting the fans of her brother.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    melissa Norwich, CT, United States 04-14-14
    melissa Norwich, CT, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2015

    An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!

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    "Brutally Good!"

    I am a fan of Gillian Flynn. Not only is she an excellent story teller, she does something continually that amazes me...she creates characters that I often dislike and then, through the magic of her craft, I find myself hooked on them, cheering them on, routing for their cause. Much like I did in Gone Girl, I did not initially like the Libby but by the end, I was pulling for her the whole way through as she pursued the truth about her family's brutal murder. There are parts that are very graphic and brutal, this story is very viseral. Flynn's writing is razor sharp and she carries the plot all the way through, answering all the questions no matter how difficult or unappealing. I found myself listening, tense and fearful but unable to put the story away. I had to know what happens! Gillian Flynn is a master storyteller and Dark Places might just be my new favorite over Gone Girl!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 12-13-12 Member Since 2013

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Dark and Grim but Good"
    Where does Dark Places rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the top 25. Great murder mystery with very real characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! As unlikely as it might sound, it was a mass murder mystery. And the suspense and twists kept going until the very end.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Actually, as I was listening I didn't really notice the narrators so they did a good job of "doing no harm" to the story. Looking back I would say it was whoever was voice for the father and Trey.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I almost did. It is a compelling listen. I wanted to know just what the heck happened that night. And I am confident that no one will guess whodunnit.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elle OREGON 06-12-12
    Elle OREGON 06-12-12

    Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!

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    "A family murdered in Kansas"

    A marriage has gone wrong, four children each with their own issues overwhelm their mother, a father, irresponsible and self centered, caring only about money and a wife who is barely capable of functioning. A farm going broke in central Kansas. The rumor of Satanic rituals on the plains. This is truly a dark bleak novel with what love there is gone bad.

    Finally, one terrible night, the farm is invaded and murder is done. The scene is told from the view of several different characters. The family, except for 7 year old Libby, is torn apart. Libby runs into the frozen January night, hiding from the monsters who have invaded her home. She looses toes and fingers to frostbite and her heart to the bleak life she is left with. Her brother is accused of the murders, Libby's life spirals into one foster home after another and we meet her again 25 years later, broke, afraid of everything, alone and looking for another way to avoid responsibility for her life. Looking for another way to avoid life itself.

    This is truly a dark, sad and dismal story, with involved plot lines-several of them. Gillian Flynn shows mastery of dialogue and character development with each of the very flawed people in her story and, along with the gripping writing is fantastic narration performed by half a dozen different people. This made listening to the story almost like watching a movie for me. I could picture the action in my head as the story is performed.

    There is a lot of backstory from 1985 then returning to modern day, especially telling Libby's and Ben's part. This can make for occasional confusion as to which character is speaking but usually it can be determined from clues at the beginning to the chapter.

    Did I enjoy the book? No, not really. Flynn does not write enjoyable novels. But she does write the sad side of reality, that side none of us wants to address but is part of almost daily news now. There is no love or romance here, no happy ending where everything comes out fine. But it was a gripping tale that fascinated me from the start to the end and made me feel very lucky that my own children never were subject to this kind of terror.

    Not for everyone.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 06-11-09
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 06-11-09 Member Since 2013

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Quirky Girl deals with Loss and Mystery"

    I really liked the tone and pace of this book. Initially I did not like the main character, a disturbed victim of a horrific crime. But as I kept listening, I liked her more and more, and was so drawn into her thoughts and actions. The mystery unfolds in surprising ways and entwines serendipitously, just like life all too often does. This book held my interest and I really liked it even though the story was about such a horrifying event.

    23 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-23-12
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "A dark and gut wrenching mystery"

    Ms. Flynn is the best mystery writer I've encountered. The story is entirely unique and though one may guess who the real killer is, no one could remotely imagine how the mystery concludes.

    It is a painful, dark mystery with characters entirely believable. The narration is exceptional. Highly recommended!

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey veals 07-28-17

    I'm an aspiring fiction writer and lover of books. I write thoughtful, HONEST reviews. Whether you agree or not, I am sincere with them.

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    "Sucks The Breath, Possibly the Life, Out of You"
    What did you love best about Dark Places?

    I will answer this question, but I do want to say that, out of Mrs. Flynn's novels, this is the one I would rank #3. That being said, it is SO GOOD that it doesn't matter that it's number 3; it's still incredible!

    So, the best part of Dark Places was the obsession in the 1980's with satanic rituals and how news programs and government officials would blame EVERYTHING on these unlikely and rare occurrences. I looked it up and it's totally true. You have Ben, who is this misunderstood boy, like most teenage boys, who may or may not have committed these heinous acts. I just think it was so interesting how Gillian Flynn took this real-life craze in the media and put it in her novel. It doesn't dominate it, but there are some pretty crazy scenes having to do with this idea.


    What did you like best about this story?

    SAME QUESTION... Silly Audible. Okay, I guess I'll put that I liked Libby. But, saying that, she's VERY unlikeable as a character. She's lazy and expects everything to be handed to her, but she's got this intensity, because of what she's gone through. I guess I liked her narrative the most, because it dominated a lot of what was going on in the grand scheme of things. She eventually was willing to overcome this laziness and dig into the filth that is her and her family's past.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I wouldn't say that one narrator was better than any of the others. Mark Deacons did a great job as Ben, but he was awful when he did the first two Maze Runner books. I believe this one happened before, so I sure hope he will go back to how good he was in this book, rather than continue on his downward trajectory in the Maze Runner Series.

    As far as reading it versus listening, they all were very good, but I think you could get a very similar experience just reading the book. (THIS IS NOT THE CASE WITH ALL BOOKS!)


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would say that it could've happened, but it's pretty darn intense. I doubt anyone would be able to listen to this all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    So, I'm going to talk about the film version for a moment. The Gone Girl film adaptation was impeccable, because of the direction, actors and musical score; Dark Places, however, lacked everything that made Gone Girl so special. The reason why I want to talk about this is because there was this INCREDIBLE cast. I mean, Charlize Theron, Corey Stoll, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendrix, Chloe Grace Moretz, and SO MANY others. I am so shocked that this movie was SO BAD. You have a good story line and amazing actors. How could it go so wrong?

    The reason I wanted to bring this up is just in case any of you saw the movie first. DON'T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM PICKING THIS BOOK UP OR LISTENING TO IT ON AUDIBLE. Yes, you'll hear the similar story, but it is so much better that you'll be glad you listened to it. I promise.

    Anyway, pick this one up and you won't be disappointed. Besides Gillian Flynn's horrible short story (The Grownup), she spun GOLD into her three novels. Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects are all wonderfully written, keep you on the edge of your seat, and entertain the sh** out of you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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