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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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    jcarpani 04-08-16
    jcarpani 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Much better book than movie."
    What did you like best about Dark Places? What did you like least?

    I enjoy the dark twisting work of Gillian Flynn.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There was an instant of extreme animal violence/mutilation in this book- which is a major no no in my own book. In fact I believe there should be a label letting the buyer know in advance, so they can choose not to subject themselves to such. I would have been better off without it.


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

    Not sure


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Unfortunately, and I did. I was also in good company with my extreme disappointment. The depth of the book envelopes through the characters, your mind sees these characters through their plight. In addition to subpar acting the actors were nothing at all than those that were described in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    My least favorite of Flynns 3 but still worth a look.

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    Ltonya Cousins 04-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Listened twice"

    It was worth listening to it twice. It has been a while since I listened and it felt like the first time I heard it

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    Sue 04-05-16
    Sue 04-05-16
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    "Dark Places"

    Libbey was an especially strong character. The back and forth narrative between past and present helped advance the story and build tension between what happened and what the characters thought happened.

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    Meg9 04-04-16
    Meg9 04-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    I only started Audible a few months ago but this is far and away the best book I've listened to here. From the beginning I was captivated. Unlike so many mysteries, where halfway through you have the ending already figured out, this one kept me guessing all the way. The narrators were all fabulous as well. I devoured this book.

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    Jamie Epps 04-03-16
    Jamie Epps 04-03-16
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    "Totally lost interest after finding out "who done it""

    This book is so painful and dark and gripping. I could not stop listening to it. However, when the big mystery was finally revealed, I felt like a balloon that was pricked with a needle. The ending is so disappointing and in my opinion, unrealistic. If I would have known, I wouldn't have listened to it. However, the suspense and performance doesn't make me totally regret it.

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    INTEGRIGITY KEEPER 04-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous"

    For a book to interest me, it has to start iff with a bang and keep me drawn to it. This is my very favorite book. Worth reading and glad it was recommended to me!!

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    Candice Philpot 03-31-16

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    "I might like DARK PLACES more than GONE GIRL..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the back and forth/varied story structure in this book. You get the full story from different POV's and from different points in time. It not only keeps you guessing at what really happened to this family, but breaks up the listen very nicely.<br/><br/>This is such a sad story of a family torn apart and hearing it from the POV of different members of the family is especially heart breaking (especially with the great performances, especially from the woman who voices Patty). It's truly a multi-layered mystery with real, damaged people. Really great read.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've seen the movie -- READ THE BOOK. I loved this story and was excited to watch the movie... They absolutely blew it. I was horribly mis-casted and poorly executed. Give the book a chance to redeem itself!

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    B2theM 03-31-16
    B2theM 03-31-16

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    "To spend a day in this author's head...."

    Wow. The storylines and character personalities in the book are so dark but oh-so captivating. To spend a day in the author's head who be a captivating wonder. You get so involved in the twisted lives the characters lead that you find yourself wondering if your the one with the unsettling personality trait. Never saw the plot line coming and found myself quite often sitting in my car thinking "I'll keep listening just five more minutes".

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    Meghan Goodrich Manchester, NH USA 03-30-16
    Meghan Goodrich Manchester, NH USA 03-30-16

    Manchester Bookworm

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    "Couldn't Stop Listening!"
    What did you love best about Dark Places?

    I couldn't put this down. Flynn is a master of creating cycles of images and weaving a suspense that leaves you guessing until the very end.


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

    Flynn is hard to compare to other authors. Her ability to touch the dark places of the human condition is unique.


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

    I enjoyed how each perspective in the audio book version had a unique narrator.


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

    Gripping at my phone with suspense?


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    Maremare13 Washington State 03-30-16
    Maremare13 Washington State 03-30-16 Member Since 2011

    ~Bead Goddess Mary~

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    "Dark but gripping story"

    Dark, but gripping story. it is one you have to keep listening to find out how it ends, and if it would be a good or gruesome one... All in all one, I would recommend .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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