Dark Places: A Novel (Unabridged)
by Gillian Flynn
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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.
Quite Different - But I liked it.
I am usually a hardcore thriller lover...not hung up on a lot of literary character development and all of that stuff....but I still like a skillfully written novel. This is one of them. Also, I rarely read books written by women...mainly because of a lot of emphasis on relationships, romance, etc. But this is a very engaging book. It is well written, moves along, and is strange enough to keep you interested. Just wanting to see what happens next. After a while you can only take so many shootouts and car chases, and this book has it's share of action....but it is able to keep you entertained through the slower parts as well.
Dark-Disturbing-Depressing: A Novel
It is a good writer that can affect the average main-stream reader's appetite with a tolerance for bitterness and masochism. Dark, unsettling, bitter, and depressing, but you turn the pages because Flynn writes with a commanding style that almost compels you to hold your stomach and turn the page. The characters are as dark as the deeds--unlikeable and unredeemable, contaminated by personality disorders and crippled by trauma. But, the sadistic psycho girlfriend is a great character to dislike; the character of the pathetic mother is described so perfectly that you wonder how someone could fabricate such an authentic beaten person. It is this mother's story, or voice, that haunted me even more than the grisly events, psychologically disturbing and chilling. The story goes a little south when Libby finds the old psycho girlfriend, and stumbles from that point on in trying to tie up all the pieces. For this one, the title says it all....Dark Places....VERY very Dark Places.
Best Audio Book Ever
I have listened to so many books, and this is the first that I've felt complelled to review. It was so good. It's very dark and disturbing. Kinda creepy, but it sure keeps your interest. I couldn't quit listening and as soon as it was over I downloaded Gillian Flynn's other book "Sharp Objects" (also fantastic). These are the type of books you want to discuss with a friend. The narrators were also really good. Well worth the money. Enjoy!