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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By Oscar on 11-01-15
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 Ann D on 19-06-14
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This is a powerfully written murder mystery in keeping with Gillian Flynn's other two books. Positively gruesome at times and always dark, it is not for the faint hearted. None of the characters are particularly likeable, but they seem very real and are understandable (insofar as how they have become what they have become). Lorelei King's narration was perfect and never distracted for a moment (a common problem with audio books).
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By HDJ on 01-05-13
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 10-08-14
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.
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