Dark Places

Dark Places

Book - 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 : Shaye Areheart Books, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307341563
0307341569
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 25 cm.

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mvkramer Jan 06, 2016

Libby Day is the only survivor of the night her brother murdered the rest of their family. Now, unemployed and desperate for cash, she agrees to investigate the murder at the behest of a macabre "Kill Club" of people obsessed with famous crimes. A compelling, tragic - and yet slightly h... Read More »


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DELVEVD
Oct 11, 2017

this book was awesome...read it!

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Yoo_hoo5
Sep 08, 2017

I do not recommend this book. I struggled through the first 100 pages or so, but I read from other readers that the back half is much better than than the first. Not in my opinion.
Libby, the main character, has a chip on her shoulder throughout the entire book. She does nothing to better herself and her situation, leeching off of others and stealing her way through existence. Lazy and unmotivated!
The story begins with the gruesome murders of her family. Where do you go with that? Maybe the author could have presented a character who tries to change her situation and counteract the violence with something good, but instead, the book just goes farther into darkness and the pitiful life Libby lives.
Way too dark and depressing for my tastes!

jeana12 Aug 07, 2017

By far her best book! Way better than Gone Girl!

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JOAN METTAUER
Jul 20, 2017

I'm a Gillian Flynn fan (Gone Girl I LOVED!) , but I really didn't like this book. It was too creepy and made my stomach flip too many times. I never 'give up' once I start reading a book, though, and skimmed a lot of it until the end. I'm very disappointed in it.

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ryner
Jun 23, 2017

Libby Day has lived most of her miserable life with the knowledge that her teenage brother Ben murdered her mother and two sisters in their home when she was seven years old. Now in her early thirties -- unemployed, unfocused and nearly penniless -- she is contacted by a group of true crime enthusiasts who plant a seed of suspicion that cause her to doubt her memories of that tragic night and spark a desire to uncover the truth.

I think I actually enjoyed this more than two of Flynn's other works, 'Gone Girl' and 'Sharp Objects.' Though a bit violently graphic, it was a terrific vacation read.

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kwsmith
May 28, 2017

Let's be honest: Gillian Flynn has a very dark side. But if you like to read about horrible people doing horrible things, Gillian Flynn could be your new best friend. In this engaging mystery novel, a seven year old girl named Libby Day narrowly escapes death one night when her freakish Satan-worshiping brother massacres her entire family. Thirty years later, while her brother rots in jail, an emotionally damaged Libby struggles through her miserable adult life. The real mystery begins when Libby is forced to confront her own sketchy memories about what happened on that dark bloody night so many years ago.

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Soundreader
Feb 18, 2017

I read this after Gone Girl and I loved it. Completely different mystery but Flynn, once again shows how masterful she is at creating suspense and giving us description and details that make us feel that we are right next to the characters.

VaughanPLAlex Dec 14, 2016

I felt that this book was a little slow at times, but still very good. It kept me thinking "Did he do it?." I think I will watch the movie as well and compare which is better.

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aprilhansen1234
Sep 24, 2016

nope nope too gory for me

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Gevo
Aug 30, 2016

This was a fun read for the most part. It picked up quickly and has a steady rhythm to it as each chapter comes back to a different character's viewpoint, but not in a tedious way. The chapters go by quickly, so you're never left hanging for too long when each character's chapter leaves you with a cliffhanger. The end felt a bit contrived, though, and I thought it was a bit of a letdown after what was otherwise a captivating ride. I felt the same way reading Girl on a Train, too, but a lot of people loved the ending to that one, so go ahead and give Dark Places a try and decide for yourself. It's definitely a page turner, and despite the ending not being what I'd hoped for, it still didn't feel like a waste of time.

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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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