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Dark Places

A Novel

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl, and the basis for the major motion picture starring Charlize Theron

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben.

Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 23, 2009 – Edgar-finalist Flynn s second crime thriller tops her impressive debut, Sharp Objects. When Libby Day s mother and two older sisters were slaughtered in the family s Kansas farmhouse, it was seven-year-old Libby s testimony that sent her 15-year-old brother, Ben, to prison for life. Desperate for cash 24 years later, Libby reluctantly agrees to meet members of the Kill Club, true crime enthusiasts who bicker over famous cases. She s shocked to learn most of them believe Ben is innocent and the real killer is still on the loose. Though initially interested only in making a quick buck hocking family memorabilia, Libby is soon drawn into the club s pseudo-investigation, and begins to question what exactly she saw or didn t see the night of the tragedy. Flynn fluidly moves between cynical present-day Libby and the hours leading up to the murders through the eyes of her family members. When the truth emerges, it s so twisted that even the most astute readers won t have predicted it.

Customer Reviews

Dark Places

Dark Places snagged me at page one and never let me go. I recently read Gillian's Gone Girl and loved the book so much that I wanted more. I absolutely adore her style - where she turns her characters into real people. Her descriptions are so clear and sharp that you can actually visualize the characters - what they look like, their mannerisms, what they would sound like if you could hear them speak, what they feel. I could almost reach out and touch the members of the Day family in Dark Places. I could practically smell the cow farm, the cold snow, cigarette smoke, blood and fried salami. This is how I know that I am in love with a book.
Next up on my reading list is Gillian's Sharp Objects. I anticipate a similar reaction, and look forward to getting sucked into another fascinating read.

Great writing

It takes a gifted writer to make you hate a character, then love him. Gillian Flynn does this twice, with both of her protagonists. Their voices a crisp and distinctive and the reversals clever and great fun.

Not For Me

To be fair, I should have read the description before I read the book, but I liked Gone Girl so much, I just bought it. It totally creeped me out. However, my three stars is actually not based on is based on the ending. Too far fetched. The whole book is so real and the ending totally disappointed with what felt like a rushed trip to Eden.

I do like, however, her writing style. I will continue to read her stuff, I will just make sure I research more first!

Dark Places
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: May 05, 2009
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 560 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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