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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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    Darlan 04-13-16
    Darlan 04-13-16
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    "A great Mystery"

    I highly enjoyed it. At first it was hard to get into it, but as the plot unraveled it got way more captivating.

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    kilementine 04-12-16
    kilementine 04-12-16
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    "First Gillian Flynn"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Places the most enjoyable?

    This was one of the first Gillian Flynn novel I have read. It is a little predictable and slow, but overall not a terrible read.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrator started to become monotone at times.


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    Amanda Phillips 04-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Title Says it All"

    The scenes and story line of this book were too dark for my liking. I found myself wishing the story would wrap up so it would be over, rather than enjoying the narrative and plot twists of her other books. I can't recommend this to others though and I might be done with Flynn all together.... seriously dark story lines in all her stuff. it's just too much for me, but others may love it.

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    A 04-11-16
    A 04-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "reeling by the end!"

    I struggled through the first 4 or 5 hours of this book. the main character is so whiny and pathetic, it takes a lot of effort to give a shit. however, after getting to a little before halfway (on a road trip through kansas/nebraska - ironically!) I became deeply involved in the story. I would recommend for mystery lovers.

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    Shak 04-11-16
    Shak 04-11-16
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    "Good book"

    Loved it. Couldn't put it down. I just needed to know more and was talking about it when I wasn't reading or listening to it.

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    Howard 04-09-16
    Howard 04-09-16
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    "Close, but no cigar"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book, right up until the last act. The plotting and pacing were good, the characters have depth. The main character is badly damaged by things that have happened to her, and you can understand why she acts the way she does.

    The story becomes more and more engrossing as it picks up speed...until it comes crashing down with a resolution that was just ridiculous. I won't give it away of course, but I just can't accept what is presented as "what actually happened ". I had my own ideas about it and I was partially correct, but the rest I simple find to be lacking in credibility.

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    jcarpani 04-08-16
    jcarpani 04-08-16 Member Since 2017
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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