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Dark Places: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2009

Duration: 13 hours 43 minutes


I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club . . . and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.


  • Amber Jenkins

    I have fallen in love with Gillian Flynn's writing, each book just as good or even better than the first I read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Nicole S

    Love Gillian Flynn's writing and storytelling. This was my least favorite of her 3 novels but still totally engrossing and well-written. The main narrator (there were 3, all good) had a fabulous voice. Great listen.

  • Susan M

    Very engaging, and thrilling near the end. Great narration. Suggest readers/listeners over age 18 because it is graphic in both violence and sexual topics.

  • Sandra Gutowski

    The narration on this book is fantastic. It has different voices for different characters but not overwhelmingly so; wonderful job. The book itself was great too. I love Gillian Flynn's style. Such a dark, dramatic story that builds up so nicely. It didn't pull me in as much as Sharp Objects did, but it was great to listen to over the course of a few weeks while driving to/from work.

  • kimberly SCoggins

    This was an amazing book; I enjoyed every minute of it. Very well written, the narration was great. I love that I could get into each character and their side of the story. I would highly recommend this book.

  • Jennifer Hightower

    I really love this book. I'm listening to the audiobook for the second time. It's really dark and weird. Way better than the movie, imo.

  • Jamie-Lee Fraser

    I couldn't get into this book at all. The main character is such a drag. I tried for a bit but eventually got bored and put it down.

  • Crystal Padilla

    This was a book chosen for my book club and it is by far my favorite! The narrators did a great job! I would definitely recommend this. 5 stars!

  • Stevie Acevedo

    Very good narrating, I usually don't like them because it doesn't match the characters but I was wrong. Very engaging story as well.

  • Samantha Byrd

    It was well-written, but the ending was a little obvious to me. Also, a couple parts were a little too demonic for me. I felt she went into unnecessary detail for certain scenes and some just drug out.

Dark Places: A Novel

by Gillian Flynn

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