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Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate.
When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent. Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder?
Libby must delve into her family's past to uncover the truth - no matter how painful.
©2009 Gillian Flynn (P)2009 AudioGo Ltd
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By HDJ on 05-01-13

Not for the fainthearted!

Dark Places is the story of Libby Day who, in 1985, helped a jury convict her 15 year-old brother Ben for the brutal murder of her mother and sisters. Now, 25 years later, Ben remains in prison and the money in Libby's trust fund is gone. Unwilling to find a job, Libby accepts an offer from a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. The Kill Society offer to pay Libby to interview Ben and others about the massacre and they are eager to buy family mementos from her.

The story unfolds in alternating chapters between Libby in the present and her family in the hours leading up to the murders. The characters are vivid and believable though not very likable.The chapters play off each other perfectly exposing layer upon layer of ugliness.Gillian Flynn has had the courage to depict the long term damage and consequences of a brutal murder. She almost dares the reader to look away.

This novel succeeds on so many levels. It made me think about what happens to the survivors in the headlines or on the news. In the media limelight they are showered with sympathy, years later they are all but forgotten.

Dark Places is a masterpiece of cold blooded horror. It is not for the squeamish. There is graphic violence to humans and animals. There is sexual content and language that some may find offensive.

If you're looking for a dark (really dark!) mystery that is well crafted and competently narrated, then this is the book for you. I actually enjoyed it more than Gone Girl.

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By msdtan on 08-10-14

read all three books and im really a fan

Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

Yes absolutely! Well written story and well read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Places?

When she finally found diondra.

Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

Dianne,I liked how her voice changed it suits the character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

party's sacrifice for her children.

Any additional comments?

Great read and great audio. I recommend reading all gillian flynn's books. Love her,looking forward to her next book.<br/>

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By S. Matthewman on 06-20-13

An intriguing mystery

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The intriguing tale of how the sole survivor of a brutal attack on her family – presumed to have been perpetrated by her brother, who is serving a life sentence for the crime – is drawn into finding out the truth. The "heroine", Libby Day, is not driven by a higher moral purpose, but self-interest: the charity fund set up for her as a little girl has run dry, the book she wrote about her life didn't sell – so she is reduced to accepting money from a group of true crime fans who are convinced her brother is inncoent.<br/><br/>Told with a series of flashbacks, Flynn paints a picture of a family that was barely struggling to survive financially. It's a story that's less of a thriller than I was expecting, but is enjoyable as a slice of life with a terrible secret at its heart.

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

As the flashbacks – and Libby's investigations – draw ever closer to what really happened, you can't help but feel for all the Day family, no matter who the perpetrator will eventually be revealed to be. And considering that Libby Day starts out as far from a likeable character, that's some achievement.

What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

Lorelei King always works hard to distinguish each character within the story. This is no exception: she is the twelve-year-old girl with ink from a chewed pen leaking out of her mouth, just as much as she is the wayward father found living in an abandoned water tank. Her narration brings the characters to life, and draws you in to life on the poverty line.

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By Oscar on 01-11-15

Flynn's unique perspective on an unusual topic

I thought it was really good. I'm a Flynn fan. She writes the sardonic, bitter, witty thoughts of the outsider, the dangerous screw loose loner, the hopeless case so well. In Dark Places, Flynn creates a unique set of characters and will suck you into a dark, twisted, gloomy perspective for the duration of the read. The book is not depressing though, because of the dark humor and also, because of the little glimmers of hope that shine through for the characters, and because of the beautifully rendered characters of the Mother and the Aunt, whose desperation shines through with humanity and warmth.. There was a realness and a compassion to the telling of their story, all in flashback, that stayed with me and gave me real insight into what it's like to be a really poor struggling mother. I won't really tell you what the book is about, the blurb will tell you that, but it's good, it's really good.

Warning: There is a scene with some cows that is pretty bad. I listened to it and had to put down the audio book for a few weeks. It's the furthest Flynn has gone, I think, into proper gruesomeness. Normally she keeps the reader at a safe distance from that kinda thing. Just a warning, you will see it coming from the character's actions. If your squeamish about terrible animal cruelty...do yourself a favor and skip that bit.

Apart from the story itself, the writing is beautiful, the construction of secondary characters is flawless, as is the sequencing of how the nights events are revealed to us. She really is very good at what she does. However, for those of you unfamiliar with Flynn, hearts and flowers and candy it is not. It is dark and twisted and sardonic. Be prepared.

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By Jay on 03-02-15

great tail told

Twist and turns . A storty well told. Enjoyed every minute .The story pulls you into the centre of this torrid tale as you come face to face with the cold terrifying reality that this world can throw at you and you are on the sidelines as you watch the characters makr their horrid choices .

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By Larissa on 02-24-15

Gillian Flynn ran away with my brain again

Every time I think I'm super clever and I've worked out the ending with all its twists and turns, Gillian tackles me and clocks me in the face. Love this story, can't wait to read more from this Author!!

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