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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 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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Don't Bother

Slow, dreary and unsatisfying. Tried hard to like it, loved Gone Girl but this just seems to ramble on and on without generating any feeling good or bad for the main characters.

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I'm would read more

this book was not to bad. iwould read more by this author an liked the narrators.

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simply amazing!

loved it! couldnr listen to enough! officially obsessed witb gillian flynn writing's! you wont refret this purchase!

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Dark Places

This story definitely has an unexpected twist to it. Very interesting and good story! I couldn't stop listening

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Slow start but I was hooked!

I usually listen to audio books while running or driving to/from work. I couldn't listen to this story while I was running because it was a little slow to start for me. Most books I'm hooked by chapter 2, but this story took me a little longer. Halfway through I couldn't stop listening. It ended up being my workout book and couldn't stop running entire last chapter because I was so intrigued! You end up figuring out what probably happened but they throw a twist or two in there at the end to keep you on your toes until the very end!

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  • Jan
  • Camdenton, MO, United States
  • 03-02-16

Slow to start

Seems slow to start, however picked up in the second third of the story and then got very interesting. The narrator was very good.

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If you want a depressing story...

All of the author is quite good now you can tell she was still fashioning her craft. There are flashes of brilliance but most of the story is overdrawn and over dark

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could not stop listening

amazing, well written, suspenseful, COULD NOT SO LISTENING, I definitely recommend this book!

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  • JC
  • 02-19-16

Decent

I thought this book was decent but not great. I didn't really like the characters. The story also had some dry moments. Overall it's worth a listen.