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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
Rating:***
Tags:mystery, thriller, usa, read in 2013

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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None of the characters are happy or likable, and this book is all about dark places. There is a who-dunnit mystery that kept me engaged and guessing, and which was solved to my satisfaction. But I find it hard to take realistic "dreary" and "depressing" in such a large dose. ( )
  Abby_Goldsmith | Feb 10, 2016 |
I was really excited to read another novel written by Gillian Flynn. I absolutely loved 'Gone Girl' and I had high expectations for this book. It pales in comparison to 'Gone Girl'.

The story was very slow and although it was supposed to read as a mystery/thriller, I just found it dull.

Its a story about a family of 5 that gets murdered with only the eldest son and youngest daughter surviving - the eldest son gets covicted of the crime and the whole story is about the surviving daughter (Libby) finding out what actually happened that night.

Libby is a very unlikable character and it seemed everything she did was motivated by money and not ya know.... motivated by any real desire to find out the truth like other normal human beings.

By the time the book got to the end, I just didn't care what happened that night and just wanted it to be over. Disappointing. ( )
  4everfanatical | Feb 5, 2016 |
It was vile and scary, but I kind of liked it because I suspected everyone. ( )
  tashlyn88 | Feb 5, 2016 |
Honestly, I didn't think this one was as dark as "Gone Girl" and even though it took me a while to warm up to the characters, I thought that while they were deeply flawed, they were understandable. The mystery and thriller portion of the book was also well done. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
While it still doesn't top Gone Girl in my book, I found this a very engaging and fast-paced story. Looking forward to reading more from Flynn. ( )
  thioviolight | Feb 1, 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
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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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