Dark Places

  • by Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by Lorelei King
  • 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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.

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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- S. Matthewman

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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- Oscar

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-04-2013
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group