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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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Couldn't put it down. Great voice and writing. Kept me in suspense until close to the end and I can usually figure out "whodunit" pretty quickly. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes a dark tale with plenty of blood, mystery, and a nice touch of humor mixed in. ( )
  amcheri | Aug 22, 2016 |
OMG you guys I am officially a Gillian Flynn fangirl! This book doesn't just stab you in the gut, it twists the knife and watches all the gory bits that come out.

Flynn is kind of unusual in that her books have no real "heroes." Just because a person is "innocent," that does not automatically mean he or she is "good" or even "nice." But somehow, Flynn makes you want to stick with her characters right to the end. Libby has flaws, to put it lightly - she is selfish, aggressive, even violent, yet at the same time you don't want anything bad to happen to her. ( )
  doryfish | Aug 15, 2016 |
I found this to be an interesting book full of unlikable but still compelling characters. The mystery comes together in the end, although I thought the solution was a little over complicated. Still, it was fair, with all of the information and several hints being given along the way. It's an ugly story, but it does pull you in. ( )
  duchessjlh | Aug 9, 2016 |
This book made a 10- hour flight enjoyable. It's consuming and disturbing. I've found myself puzzling over the book days later, which I enjoy - and I've had a few book-related nightmares, which I enjoy less. ( )
  kathleenbarber | Aug 8, 2016 |
Gillian Flynn is now one of my favorite authors. Where does she come up with this stuff?! I listened to the audiobook which I'm kind of wondering if that was a mistake because at one point I almost vomited in my car because of a scene in the book. I like how the book progresses through the day and night of the event in 1985 while 24 years later Libby Day investigates what really happened that night. I have to say I did not see that coming when I got to the end. Gillian is great at knowing how to make so many twists and turns that you never guess what really happened until the end and it is nothing like you would think. What a fantastically written book. If you like murder mysteries with tons of twists and turns, pick this book up. Can't wait to see this as a movie although I disagree with Charlize Theron as Libby. She's too tall. I would say more like Emma Roberts or Ellen Page. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 12, 2016 |
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Gillian Flynnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, CassandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deakins, MarkNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dean, RobertsonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lowman, RebeccaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lyytinen, MariaTranslatorsecondary 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.
“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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