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Dark Places

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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.

©2009 Gillian Flynn (P)2009 Random House

Commentaires

"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)

 “A riveting tale of true horror by a writer who has all the gifts to pull it off.” (Chicago Tribune)

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  • Glenda Jeffers
  • 09/12/2012

Riveting but brutal

Dark Places is a fascinating story but not a fun read. The book takes pity on no one, least of all it's readers. This truly is the stuff of nightmares, one sadistic chapter bleeding over into the next. Although a work of fiction, Ms. Flynn's unflinching wordsmanship embues it with the realism of a true-crime whodunit. The saving grace, for me at least, was that I could repeat the mantra, "It's only make-believe" when the scenes became a little too intense for my sensitive nature.

Although I covet Ms. Flynn's talent, I wouldn't take it at any price if it meant having to live in her head (ditto Stephen King). Dark Places is not just an aptly-named novel, but probably an apt description of the author's warped imaginings. If I knew then what I know now, I would have stopped at "Gone Girl" and skipped this one entirely. And yet, as incongruous as it seems, I wholeheartedly recommend "Dark Places", just as I recommended "Gone Girl". The reason is simple: Despite the fact that they were dark and foreboding, that certain scenes will likely haunt me for a very long time, and that I can honestly say that I don't miss the characters (no, not a single one!), I am forced to admit that I thought they were riveting from start to finish. So, while I didn't like this book, I did love it.

And now, I'm going to run, not walk, to my bookshelf and find my copy of "Little Women" or "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" and try to subdue some of the ghosts from "Dark Places".



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  • Bond James Bond
  • 19/07/2018

unrealistic ending

Although "Gone Girl's" ending was more preposterous, the ending of this one is pretty far-fetched. It's an ok story til the end. Narrators are fair. Overall an ok book but nothing better.

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  • DQmaine
  • 12/08/2016

Dark indeed

Gillian Flynn writes books that hook the reader quickly, but always leave this reader feeling a little bit "less" after reading. It certainly was a dark story about broken people. At least a little tiny bit of hope lingers at the end.

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  • tigrrlily04
  • 11/03/2016

Ok story, but a bit gruesome

I did not particularly enjoy this book. The narration was excellent, but the book was pretty gruesome, and I didn't really latch on the caring who killed the family. The whole book I just wanted it to end. I give it three stars for the narration and the authors ability to tie the story together with segments from many different perspectives.

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  • Steve
  • 05/06/2013

Very Dark but Flynn's weakest offering so far

I enjoyed listening to "Dark Places" very much but found the ending disappointing. Flynn seems to test the limits of "no way that could happen" a bit too much in this novel. Too many coincidences. Flynn also delves a little too deep into grotesque description at points while ignoring more elaborate description at other points. I found just about every character incredibly unlikeable (more below). Lastly, the narrator who narrated Libby Day was a spot on choice for the voice of Libby. She used this desperate, beaten down defeated tone that really matched the character. Beyond that, her range was very limited. Several of the characters had the same voice including Diane, Lyle and Ben. If a character spoke without an introduction like "Diane said" sometimes I thought it was Ben speaking. I think she could be a very good narrator if she broadened her range.
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The premise of two murders happening about 45 minutes apart for two completely separate reasons took too much suspension of disbelief. the novel builds and builds to a who "dunnit" conclusion and it seems like Flynn took the easy way out. Additionally, one of the most unlikeable characters was the mother. Sure, Runner and all were awful people but the mother was an absolute failure as a parent and mother and the "out" she takes in the end was ridiculous. Flynn should have given her a history of suicidal tendencies or some background to suddenly account for the "mom planned her death" as a conclusion. Also, the description of the assault on the cow as unnecessarily grotesque and prolonged. At the same time, when Lyle picks up Libby at the gas station near the end and wants to take her to the police, Libby "said some awful things." It's like Flynn got near the end of the book and figured, I have to wrap this up. Here was a chance for Libby to expose her flawed, judgmental attitude and Flynn took a pass.
Anyway, I did enjoy the book despite then bizarre ending. Harsh review but based upon Flynn's other work, I have to downgrade this one.

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  • Garrett Fortin
  • 17/03/2016

To many Coincidences!

What did you like best about Dark Places? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the characters and there dark pasts/secrets. I really did not like how coincidental everything was. This was more like 2 stories merging into one, which can be good or bad, and for me it was to predictable. What really made me go 'seriously..' was Patty Day learned that Ben may have kept the little girls underwear...right before Ben buys a bag of underwear, used...for his to be daughter. LIKE CMON! After that I was very disappointed, the ax was right where it needed to be...the stories made to much sense. The ending did not make my jaw drop.

What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less coincidences, less predictable.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Libby

Was Dark Places worth the listening time?

Ya - I wouldn't waste a credit on it though

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  • FanB14
  • 30/11/2012

Gone Girl first?

If you loved Gone Girl, chances are you looked for her other titles, as did I. Don't expect the same layered mythology and larger than life characters. But, do look forward to an exciting thriller working backward from present day Libby, the lone survivor of a family massacre. Her brother's backstory is the most interesting. He is currently behind bars for the murders, and pleads innocence. Dark, engaging, and well read by the female narrators. I didn't care for the male narrator, but it didn't detract from the overall performance. Gillian Flynn is one of those rare authors who learns and improves with each novel. Gone Girl was amazing, and Dark Places a solid read. Can't wait to see what she churns out next.

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  • Amanda
  • 13/06/2012

Tragic and Unforgettable

Having just finished the author’s newest work (Girl Gone) I decided to give one of her other novels a try. What I found was a heart wrenching story of a troubled family so nuanced, so real, I’m having a hard time letting go.

There are three main voices to the narrative; Libby, in the story’s present day of 2009, narrates her struggle to feel safe and stable in the world (both financially and emotionally) as she re-opens the questions surrounding the night her family was killed. In alternate chapters, her mother Patty and her brother Ben take us back to that horrible day in the winter of 1985 that started out badly, and ended so much worse. These flashbacks are time stamped; starting in the morning, and slowly, surely, working their way to that night, and to the truth that’s been hidden for so long.

This is a story of hurt, damaged people told with gritty nuance and no sympathy for the cringing reader. No punches are pulled as the author proceeds to create a stark, uncomfortable, and painful world that engulfs you completely. Listening to this story won’t be “entertaining”, but it will be memorable.

Be aware that this book contains a lot of explicit material of all sorts; language, violence, and sexual content.

The narrators are superb (although I wish a younger sounding narrator had been chosen to represent Ben) and Libby’s voice will continue to play in your head long after you’ve stopped listening.

It’s only June, but I may have found my top novel of the year.

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  • Christopher
  • 10/12/2009

Such crafting

First off let me address the narration, its as good as anything you'll find on the site. Next, this is a dark tale (as the name suggests--don't know why some were surprised to realize this). But dark does not mean it was a bad read. This is a poignant tale of flawed characters, with worries and concerns and heartache we can all relate to. The real gem here is Ms. Gillian. The writing is so good and the plot so cleverly crafted--I am very impressed. To write these characters faced with this situation and to get so pointedly into their heads of different ages and different genders, if you're not impressed, sit down and try it yourself sometime.

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  • Phyllis
  • 02/07/2009

You won't mind the Monday morning drive to work.

The story is addictive. All of the characters are multi-layered, even the minor characters, and defy stereotypes. There is true menace throughout, coming from many directions. This is mystery writing on a level that never insults the reader's/listener's intelligence. The desperation of the adults is palpable. The pain and humiliation of the children is heart-wrenching. There is an honesty here about how people really feel, about how people really live their lives, that is too often missing. And I liked the main character. I wouldn't want her as a roommate. But her brutal honesty, and wit, were compelling. The narrators did the writing justice.
Don't miss this one.

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  • Flo
  • 30/04/2014

Excellent!

These actors and the director are the very best! I enjoyed the book and the performance very much. The story was sad and violent, but an engrossing who-done-it! The pain of living in rural poverty, the torment of being around or dependent on incompetent, mentally ill, malevolent and dangerous people is ever present on this story and it has the ring of truth. Gillian Flynn knows what she is talking about and knows how to tell a good story! I am looking forward to more from this writer!

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  • Nici
  • 11/09/2015

Family drama!

One thing I absolutely admired when reading a Gillian Flynn novel is the diversity of characters. You can never say that she can only write on particular woman or man. Amy (Gone Girl) is completely different from Camille (Sharp Object) or Libby (Dark Places). Every woman has her own story, her own character, her own fears or psychological problems.

Although for me this time around I kind of had a feeling who was behind it, I can never get it completely right with Gillian’s plot twists which is a good thing because I get bored very easily with less than smart crime stories.

I really like the multiple prospectives because they really help you figuring out why those people do the things they do. Otherwise it would be too easy to make Libby the ever so poor victim, Ben the murderous brother and Patty the absolutely incompetent mother which is not true. All of those three have more to it than it shows at first. My favorite POV by far was Patty because she really thought she was doing all she can to get her kids through.

Gillian Flynn really got me hooked and I’m looking forward to the next book.

*Also posted on Goodreads!

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  • Birgit
  • 07/02/2015

Extrem spannende Geschichte!

Sehr angenehm vorgetragen, gut verständlich, extrem spannende Geschichte!

Gone Girl habe ich vorher (auf Deutsch) gelesen, Dark Places hat mir noch besser gefallen.

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  • Carmen
  • 29/07/2014

Incredible book

"What a cold woman" you might think in the beginning. How Libby is financing herself by the tragedy that happened to her family seems dirty. But confronted with things she couldn't understand as a child and had pushed away from her memories the story unfolds to a level, that she wasn't prepared for.
A great story, This is my 3rd from from Gillian Flynn and I've enjoyed it as much as the first two.

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  • Inés Kucharz
  • 06/07/2020

A great story perfectly read ...

... that is what this is in a nutshell. The characters are convincing, especially Libby is portrayed very well, and the performance is perfect. It was a pleasure to listen to this book.

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  • Georgina Large
  • 02/08/2019

Langweiliger als gedacht

Ich fand die Beschreibung der Geschichte sehr gut und hatte mich auf eine spannende Geschichte gefreut die mal anders ist als die üblichen Geschichten. Ich fand die Geschichte war aber letztendlich sehr in die Länge gezogen, nicht wirklich spannend und die Sprecher fand ich persönlich schlecht. Ich wollte zwischendurch immer wieder aufhören und musste mich quälen weiter zuhören. Habs letztendlich nur bis zum Ende gehört, weil ich wissen wollte, wer's gewesen ist.

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  • uschiunduwe
  • 13/11/2017

Packend und atmosphärisch, klasse gelesen

Super Hörbuch, bei dem ich vollkommen eingetaucht bin in die Story und die Schicksale der Personen. Große Klasse wie sich der Spannungsbogen kontinuierlich aufbaut und man dem Finale und der Auflösung der Frage, was passiert ist und ob es ein Happy End gibt, entgegen fiebert.

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  • Tengo
  • 22/03/2016

Kein vergleich zu gone girl!

Ich habe dark places gehört, weil ich von gone Girl begeistert war. Die Sprecher haben mir zwar gefallen, aber die Geschichte ist enttäuschend. Keine Hörempfehlung.

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  • mangolinchen
  • 30/04/2015

Das Ende ist leider etwas enttäuschend!

Eine spannende Geschichte, erzählt aus verschiedenen Perspektiven. Das Ende wirkt dagegen etwas an den "Haaren herbei gezogen". Trotzdem ist es hörenswert und sehr schön vorgelesen.

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  • Meli
  • 07/03/2015

Very slow development...

The story is good and the speaker (narrator) too, but the whole thing develops so slowly... Makes me wonder if I should get an other book by the same author.