Dark Places

Dark Places

Audiobook CD - 2009
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I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.

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 fifteen-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.

Publisher: New York : BOT, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 11 sound discs (13 hrs. 44 mins.) : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781415963869
Branch Call Number: SWCD Flyn *

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xarathustra
Jan 12, 2021

I felt like I was home again.

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hannahbfox1
Nov 21, 2020

Interesting story and I liked getting different points of views from the characters. Flynn writes in a way that makes it easy to visualize the settings and characters. Definitely a slow burn, and would recommend it, but I liked Sharp Objects and Gone Girl better.

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SIRENREAD
Apr 24, 2020

Another great thriller from the author Gillian Flynn! It has a slow build, but will pay off in the end. It was easy to put down at first, but as you get about half way through it things pick up where you feel like finishing it feverishly. Not her best novel, I liked "Gone Girl" more. I think it's pretty neat that the author has the setting in MO.

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lunabookworm55
Apr 11, 2020

I still love Gone Girl the most. I would classify this as a slow-burn mystery thriller rather than a shocking thriller. I liked how I was half right with my guess. She wrote a main character that I cared about, which is great! She tackled some interesting subject matter, I'm really happy she seems to have done great research on the Satanic Panic and Criminal fan clubs. Her depictions of both subjects were interesting, well done, and easy to read about surprisingly. Weirdly enough, you were sad for everyone by the end of the book, even the culprit. I like the fact that the problems of a boy not growing up with a good male role model were here, the problems with fan girls of suspected murderers, the drawbacks of telling lies that will mess up your future because of how it weighs down on you the rest of your life.

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BioCook
Mar 13, 2020

Someone told me that Gillian Flynn has somewhat of a formula for her stories. I definitely saw what they meant when I read this book after reading "Sharp Objects." However, it was a very fascinating read with a unique plot line following very mysterious characters. Throughout the book, I kept of shifting who I thought was responsible for the murder of the Day family... mark of a great story!

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tmdecoite
Nov 08, 2019

4/5 on Amazon. Same author as Gone Girl. I think I watched this movie. Family killed as a little girl, she testified against brother, as adult finds out truth.

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RescueDog
Oct 08, 2019

Not just Dark Places, but Very Dark Places. I didn’t really like this book very much. Hard to enjoy a book when you don’t like any of the characters. It was a good job by the narrators & a well written book. Just not my cup of tea.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 26, 2019

Wow. Another very dark and very engrossing offering from this author. Her first, Sharp Objects, was probably more jarring and shocking, and therefore more memorable, but this was also an excellent read. Libby was an infuriating and unlikable "heroine," but I kept my hopes up about her nevertheless. I won't reveal if that panned out or not. If you like an edgy and unsettling thriller, you'll like this.

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jmpro109
May 29, 2019

I finished it, but it was difficult to get thru. No my favorite read.

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ambdizzle
May 03, 2019

This book is pretty depressing. It was kind of hard to get through. The story moved slowly.

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mvkramer Jan 06, 2016

Sexual Content: Some sex between 15-year-old Ben and his girlfriend is described in detail.

mvkramer Jan 06, 2016

Violence: A brutal murder forms the crux of this story, and it's described in detail a few times.

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