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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Great book!!!

This was a Great read, but at times I felt I needed to stop reading because the story line is a bit sad. I managed to complete it though. :)

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good book

it keeps you wanting to find out what's going to happen and who did it. its a good choice if you like mystery and suspense

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surprised by the end

I enjoyed the narrator , the story was interesting , I will listen to it again for sure !

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Pretty twisted at points.

Like a train wreck, I couldn't stop when things got twisted. which made this book both horrible and good. overall I really appreciate Flynn's ability to bring me into the scene. in the end, it was a good book, but definitely not in my top 10.

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Captivating story. Credits well spent.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. The book moves forward at the perfect pace - enough to keep my mind off of the long drives endured through many States. That's why I subscribed to Audible in the first place, and this one delivered.

Who was your favorite character and why?

None of the characters were my favorite. The author represented all of the main characters equally, all flaws, all weaknesses.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Every performance was excellent.

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

It wasn't in the beginning, but it became one!

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Slow book, predictable ending

It was a good book, a little slow, it's not really till the last couple of chapters that it starts to get interesting. Predictable but suspenseful none the less.

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  • R
  • POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States
  • 07-16-16

Just OK

The only story lines I enjoyed was Libby and Lyle. If you're looking for a quick read this is your book.

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  • Kat
  • L.A., CA
  • 07-15-16

A dark, amazing listen

This book keeps you interested the entire time. The actors do an amazing job. Probably my favorite book by Flynn- I've read 3...

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Stunning and edge of your seat!

Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

No, just bc I don't ever re—read books. I would rather use my time to read new books or listen to new stories.

What other book might you compare Dark Places to and why?

Not sure, still new to all these authors.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Though a narrator can kill a good book, I don't have a favorite as of yet. But I do listen to samples to hear the narrator to see if I can handle their voice... If it captivates me and judge from there.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Same as Title of book!

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Great Story, didn't see that coming!

What did you love best about Dark Places?

The twistedness to it. ABSOLUTELY GENIUS!

What other book might you compare Dark Places to and why?

Uhmmm... similar to a girl on the train. Murder, twist, didn't see it coming.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I loved all of the voices.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was SHOCKED!`

Any additional comments?

Loved it. I recommend it!