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Dark Places (edition 2009)

by Gillian Flynn

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Member:Pigletto
Title:Dark Places
Authors:Gillian Flynn
Info:Phoenix (2009), Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:***
Tags:mystery, thriller, USA, read in 2013

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Dark Places: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

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Like all of Flynn's book's, this one is filled with seriously disturbed unlikable people. But I thoroughly enjoyed it because it was well-written, well plotted, and the character study was fascinating. There were gruesome scenes that I had to skim but I give it 4 stars because as I neared the end I couldn't flip the pages fast enough. The mystery was irresistibly compelling. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
Libby Day's two older sisters, Michelle and Debby, and her mother, Patty, were murdered in their home. The murder was known as "The Satan Sacrifice" - a Satanic bloodbath with hateful words smeared on the walls. Libby was only seven-years-old when she testified that her fifteen-year-old brother Ben was the one who killed them. Twenty-five years have passed without Libby ever visiting Ben. A member of a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes contacts Libby in hopes of finding proof that will set Ben free. Libby only wants money, so she'll talk to the suspects from that night for a fee. As the truth comes out, she finds herself on the run from a killer. Again.

This book was raw and gritty. The characters were well-developed. I couldn't wait to find out what happened to the Day's that night and feared that with all the build up I would be disappointed. But I wasn't! I liked looking back at that day, as told by Ben and Patty, and seeing how all these little things went wrong and added to their frustration and desperation. A very dark and interesting read. ( )
  jenn88 | Feb 3, 2017 |
Another great book from the writer of Gone Girl. This isn't a classic crime story either. The sole survivor of a killed family tries to find out what really happened on that night twenty five years ago when she was only seven years old. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Feb 1, 2017 |
Libby, Patty, Ben, Diondre, Lyle, interesting characters, but none are the least but likeable. Flynn tells the story from three points of view, in two different times: 1985 and present day. When I completed a chapter I was tempted, alright I did skip over to the next chapter from that character's viewpoint to see what was going to happen. The book is pretty brutal from start to finish, but a real page turner. The movie comes out in September and Gillian Flynn's New York Times best selling book Gone Girl comes out in October.
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  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
Kept me intrigued until the end, but the ending left me feeling empty. In libby's own words, in the end i was "holding two ends of fabric and didn't know what to do next" ( )
  eurafalsky | Dec 13, 2016 |
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Campbell, CassandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Days were a clan that mighta lived long, But Ben Day's head got screwed on wrong, That boy craved dark Satan's power, So he killed his family in one nasty hour, Little Michelle he strangled in the night, Then chopped up Debby: a bloody sight, Mother Patty he saved for last, Blew off her head with a shotgun blast, Baby Libby somehow survived, But to live through that ain't much a life --Schoolyard Rhyme, circa 1985
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To my dashing husband, Brett Nolan
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I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.
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“I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it. It’s the Day blood. Something’s wrong with it. I was never a good little girl, and I got worse after the murders.”
“I was not a lovable child, and I’d grown into a deeply unlovable adult. Draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.”
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Libby Day, still haunted by the day she witnessed the murder of her family on their farm in Kinnakee, Kansas, and twenty-five-years after testifying that her fifteen-year-old brother Ben was the killer, Libby is contacted by the Kill Club and devises a money making scheme that leads her back into a killer's path.
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After witnessing the murder of her mother and sisters, seven-year-old Libby Day testifies against her brother Ben, but twenty-five years later she tries to profit from her tragic history and admit that her story might not have been accurate.

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