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Dark Places (original 2008; 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
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Tags:mystery, thriller, usa, read in 2013

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (2008)

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When Libby was a small child her mother and two sisters were murdered by her brother. Or did he really do it? The story unravels through present day Libby and her past family.

While this book wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be, it was a good read. I was very eager to find out what actually happened that night and was only partially surprised by the truth. ( )
  bookwormteri | Apr 2, 2014 |
Another very dark read from Gillian Flynn.

The story was very complex, and I had no idea "who done it". My problem with the book is that there was not one character I liked. Even the small children were unlikeable. ( )
  busyreadin | Mar 26, 2014 |
Imagine hiding in a closet and hearing your entire family be murdered. And then imagine you believe you hear your older brother committing the murders. Libby Day is seven when the murders of her family happen, and she testifies against her brother in his trial. He is found guilty and put in prison. Twenty-five years later, Libby is contacted by a group called the Kill Club, a group who follows murders and does research to investigate further. The group has followed and researched Libby's family's murder, and they believe Ben, Libby's brother, is innocent. The Kill Club offers Libby money to talk to people related to and involved in the case, and Libby needs money so she agrees. As she finds out more about the case, and those who were close to Ben, she begins to wonder if her brother is truly the murderer. Gillian Flynn is such an amazing writer, and she takes on dark topics. Her stories twist and turn and keep you in suspense so you stay up too late wanting to read just one more chapter, and this book is no exception. Told in alternating view points, Dark Places is a dark story, but the characters and their actions draw you in. You want to hate them, and in the end, you do hate some of them. ( )
  litgirl29 | Mar 21, 2014 |
Ahh! Soo suspenseful and thrilling! Little Libby was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters brutally murdered. The media ate up the "Satan sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas" and Libby heroically testified that her fifteen year old brother Ben, had been the one to slaughter her family. Twenty-Five years later Libby is having some regrets. In desperate need of money she starts selling some family items to members of a kill club (weirdo obsessed with mass murderers, bloody memorabilia and unsolved crimes) and in the process discovers that the kill club weirdos think her brother is innocent. The more she is forced to remember the past, the more certain she is that something isn't right. She sets off to do a little detective work on her own and find out what really happened that night.

Riveting and thrilling this is a great page turner. As good, if not better, than Gone Girl. ( )
  ecataldi | Mar 18, 2014 |
Just like her other book Sharp Objects Flynn really pulls you in and makes you sit in the not so happy shoes of the characters. This novel is about the sole survior of the massacre of her family, which has been allegedly committed by her older brother. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
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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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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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For a price Libby Day will reconnect with the players that murdered her mother and two sisters in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas." Having testified that her brother Ben was the murderer on that fateful night twenty-five years ago, now she is not so sure as, piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started--on the run from a killer.… (more)

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