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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places (edition 2009)

by Gillian Flynn

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

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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Wow! This was Gillian Flynn's best!! It didn't have a slow start but intrigue and conflict from the get go. The story took me along at such a pace I barely had any time to conjecture or over-think. I liked that the author broke the mold of her other books. I do wonder if she has dark places of her own. She must because she writes brilliantly about the most horrific things and colors her dark characters like they were paint-by-number. I loved this book! ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
Libby Day was seven when her two,sisters and mother were brutally murdered. She survived and testified that her 15 year old brother killed them. It is 25 years later and a secret Kill Club has located Libby to convince her that she was coerced into testifying against her brother. Desperate for money, she agrees to look into it and even visit her brother whom she hasn't contacted since the trial. ( )
  creighley | Mar 31, 2015 |
"Dark Places" is dark and not ordinarily a novel that I would select on my own to read. However, it was a selection choice for me as part of LibraryThing's Secret Santa 2014. I had just finished watching the movie "Gone Girl" and the ending was not what I had anticipated. [I had not read the book and had only seen snippets of the movie trailer - never in its entirety.] So with the availability to pick a new novel to read from the pile of 'next to read', I selected "Dark Places".

As I started the novel, I didn't know that I could finish it. I can't sit through an episode of "Dexter" or "Criminal Minds" and the novel was taking me into the dark. But I am very familiar with the Kansas landscape as I've driven it many times to visit a favorite aunt and uncle. And most importantly, there was Libby Day. And without a doubt, this is Libby's story and I couldn't put the novel aside until I learned the entire story.

It is reading at its best - descriptive, intriguing, compelling, thoughtful, gripping, burrow between the covers, grab the blanket a little tighter. It is a page-turning, emotional story that at various moments seem to be presented without emotion. But life is sometimes like that - raw, bleak, dark, haunting thoughts of the past, buried secrets of the past. The question is - Can you emerge? Can you 'try just a little harder'? I would have missed this novel and am glad I did not. Everyone should spend time with Libby Day.

Interesting. Just read (05-Mar-2015) that this novel will be released in film from France on 08-Apr-2015 but with no promotion in the United States. Trailer and more information is available at: http://www.nylon.com/articles/dark-places-trailer ( )
  Corduroy7 | Mar 1, 2015 |
I tore through this pretty quickly. It was a fun read, just as sordid as Gone Girl. I wasn't a huge fan of Gone Girl but this one was a little better in my eyes. There were some plot lines I felt it didn't need - but that's a red herring for you I guess. And while I haven't really liked any of her characters (and I think it's safe to say that she doesn't intend for them to be liked) I appreciate that she writes her female characters as more complex and dark than typical. All in all, quite fun! ( )
  cattylj | Feb 28, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book. It had a great plot line that kept you on edge. The plot line was new to me, I had never read anything quite like it. It was well written and kept me on the edge of my seat. ( )
  Caitlin_Griffith | Feb 26, 2015 |
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Gillian Flynnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, CassandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deakins, MarkNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dean, RobertsonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lowman, RebeccaNarratorsecondary 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
To my dashing husband, Brett Nolan
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I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.
Libby Day "I have 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."
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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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