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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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    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-06-15
    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 12-06-15 Member Since 2011

    Jennifer B.

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    "Not as polished as Gone Girl"

    I listened to "Gone Girl" first, and decided to try this one as well. The characters are engaging, but the plot is much weaker than Gone Girl's, and has a rather unfinished feel. Yes, it's a dark book, as people have mentioned, but I didn't get the same feeling of over-riding evil as I did with Gone Girl. Nevertheless, many images from the book have stayed with me, and I would recommend it.

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    ward Fort Collins, CO, United States 11-29-15
    ward Fort Collins, CO, United States 11-29-15

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    "Too much boring filler."

    Bulk of story was needless filler dialog. I skipped thru significant chapters without lots of story knowledge.

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    Yikes 11-27-15
    Yikes 11-27-15

    Books are a big part of my life. Happiness is a beautiful evening on the houseboat with a good book :)

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    "Drink it up"

    Couldn't stop listening - snuck in chapters at work and went to sleep still listening. This author does not disappoint! Narration is wonderful.

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    Ava B. 11-26-15
    Ava B. 11-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "keeps you guessing till the end"

    I really enjoyed this book. it's dark, but has a great storyline to keep you waiting to see what is going on.

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    Sandy 11-26-15
    Sandy 11-26-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Very good book"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book it was a very good story and I like the way the author writes. It was read very well by the actors. I do wish that the book on audible was cheaper though.

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    Alison K 11-26-15
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    "A few mispronunciations"

    I was born there and the town is pronounced "Suh-lye-na" not saleena. I also heard "riffled" when it should have been rifled. Otherwise I thought everything was well done

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    Alicia 11-25-15
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed it…"

    Excellent narration...thoughtful characters in a dark interesting story with a good plot that kept me guessing...

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    Evey Hammond 11-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Be prepared to feel seedy"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or the narrators?

    This was my first Gillian Flynn novel but I was aware of Gone Girl. The narrator was good; however, there were times her apathetic sound/cadence (which suits the protagonist) wasn't appropriate for the action.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable after spending some time with the book, but I was still surprised at how scummy the whole novel made me feel. Be prepared to visit dark places, per the title. The audiobook was entertaining...maybe traumatically engaging is a better phrase...but it is hard to call it 'good'. It is a distracting piece of fiction.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I almost felt like she *was* the protagonist.


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

    I'm not certain. I don't think I want to slog through these dark places twice.


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    Robert J Summerer 11-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hair-if-ford? Seriously!?"

    The story was interesting & insightful, but certainly not as complex & deviant as Gone Girl. Somebody should have researched the pronunciation of local place names and cattle breeds: Salina (sal-I-na), Kearny (Carny), and Hereford (her-ford). It was very distracting hearing them pronounced, saleena, key-ar-ny and hair-if-ford!

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    Cheri CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 11-17-15
    Cheri CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 11-17-15
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    "Excellant!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... This book kept me hanging on every word and I needed to hear what was coming next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Undoubtedly, my favorite character was Libby.


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

    Yes....


    Any additional comments?

    This book we very well thought out. It had the right amount of suspense and when one character would end it left me hanging to where I could not wait to get back around to that character so I can find out what happened. Definitely in my top ten.

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