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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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    Mary Hirsch Denver, CO 03-28-16
    Mary Hirsch Denver, CO 03-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "darkest of noir, but with wry levity"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As the journey descended into lower and more dangerous places, the author brilliantly portrayed a vulnerable girl's walk across a blasted landscaped peopled by the mad and the violent. She was able to portray in words a scene reminiscent of Escape from New York in its horror and determination.


    Any additional comments?

    Dark Places puts the noir in noir.

    I found this to be an emotionally powerfully-written book. It fully engaged me in a world of emotional dysfunction, even though I’m not one to easily connect with such feelings. The wry levity of the tragic main character was especially appealing.

    The dark-comic book style of the journey, with suggestions of the supernatural without specific instances of it, was brilliantly integrated with the real-life, if bizarre, events of the story.

    The author’s rich descriptions of the physical reality of her settings and scenes – walking on crunching snow in the cold dark; the scents and sounds of a sexually-charged room – gave more depth to the experience of this book.

    But then we come to the ending. In my opinion the author’s poor choice of a wrap-up to the story has to be ignored and discounted to enjoy this book. After having completely brought me in to this labyrinthine journey, she had me shouting “oh no way that is not what happened !!!” at the end. Just lost it all, like tossing your perfectly-baited fishing pole into the lake. Like the backdrop curtain collapsing behind the climax of Turn of the Screw. We can only hope that someday she will rewrite something that does justice to the rest of her otherwise masterful work.

    I see all readers as free to craft their own endings … and in fact, that would make a great contributors’ blog!

    I gave it 5 stars anyway. It was that good.

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    Eleanora Franz MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 03-27-16
    Eleanora Franz MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US 03-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Correctly titled"

    I was glued to this book. It starts dark. Continues on with underdogs you want the best for, but might not deserve it.

    Had read Gone Girl, so I knew I was in for twists, with evidence beforehand to give you foresight. This was by far much more chilling, as it involves children and family as apposed to a cheating husband.

    Highly recommend this to anyone that isn't weak of stomach.

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    Philly116 03-24-16
    Philly116 03-24-16
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    "Loved the twists!"

    I really enjoyed this book, there was a couple of real good, "didn't see that coming" moments. You won't be disappointed.

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    Tabatha 03-23-16
    Tabatha 03-23-16
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    "Too much lead up for a not very satisfying resolution"

    Too much lead up for a not very satisfying resolution. Perhaps, my expectations were too high.

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    Y.A New York, NY 03-23-16
    Y.A New York, NY 03-23-16
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    "a thrill from start to finish "

    loved it. listened to it for two days at work nonstop. the narrators brought the story to life

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    Katie 03-22-16
    Katie 03-22-16
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    "Dark and twisty from start to finish"

    This book is a tough listen, that's for sure. Gillian Flynn certainly has a knack for dark thrillers, and that's what she delivers for us here. It's uncomfortable and gritty in a way that you want to stop listening simply so you don't have to picture the image being painted for you, but you can't stop yourself no matter how hard you try. The narrative is brutally vulgar and honest in a way that is both off-putting and riveting.

    Before I purchased this I read through some of the reviews, and someone had said something like "I didn't like this book, but I did love it" and I think that's the perfect, and possibly only, way to characterize this novel. I hated every character from the very beginning, not one of them was relatable or endearing in any way. They collectively share zero redeeming qualities (okay, maybe there's one or two by the end) and that's not something that gets better as the story goes on. Yet, somehow, you grow to care JUST enough about them and their alternating story perspectives that, when the book is over, you feel satisfied and appreciative of them all. I actually groaned out load and/or grimaced at multiple points in the story (trust me, you will too) and, when I think about it, there is no part of me that wants to listen to it again. Even with all that being said, I still found myself recommending it to any and all of my reader friends almost instantly after finishing it.

    This truly is a masterpiece of a thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.

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    Pamela Roberson New Haven, CT 03-21-16
    Pamela Roberson New Haven, CT 03-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!"
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    I'd definitely listen to this audiobook again. I have a feeling I missed some subtle clues and want to see if I catch them the second time around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Libby was my favorite character. She just seemed so lost in life, and I was rooting for her to get it together!


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

    I'm not sure. The narrator was good, and nothing annoyed me, so that always means that the narrator did a great job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Libby realizes what happened all those years ago, and her visit at the end. *#@#*!! Wow!


    Any additional comments?

    Solid read. This book kept me intrigued the entire time.

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    Diana L. Walsh 03-18-16
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    "Enthralling!"

    The performances for this novel and hands down some of the best I've ever heard. The story is so intriguing and so addictive. Couldn't stop listening!

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    Garrett Fortin 03-17-16
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    "To many Coincidences!"
    What did you like best about Dark Places? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the characters and there dark pasts/secrets. I really did not like how coincidental everything was. This was more like 2 stories merging into one, which can be good or bad, and for me it was to predictable. What really made me go 'seriously..' was Patty Day learned that Ben may have kept the little girls underwear...right before Ben buys a bag of underwear, used...for his to be daughter. LIKE CMON! After that I was very disappointed, the ax was right where it needed to be...the stories made to much sense. The ending did not make my jaw drop.


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less coincidences, less predictable.


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

    Libby


    Was Dark Places worth the listening time?

    Ya - I wouldn't waste a credit on it though


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    Michal 03-14-16
    Michal 03-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, greatly written, but.."

    ..a damn torture to get through. It was very difficult listening to this train wreck of a situation unravel. I loved the book, hated the people in it.

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