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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.


  • Latoya L.

    Gillian Flynn scares me, her way of describing murders and crimes, wooo! Ben was in prison for killing his mother and sisters, but did he? Libby was the only one who survived the killings. He was a 15 year old boy who fell in love with the wrong girl. He got an older girl Deondra pregnant, an advanced manipulator. Deondra, satan herself......she even birth a junior satan crystal and while Ben rotted in prison. Why Ben protected her, I don't know. I mean she killed his family, along with some man(Calvin Deal), who was that man. He watched her kill his sister, whew....... I guess he had a heart because he let his baby sister Libby go. Libby years later, went to see her brother after a murder club contacted her about her brothers innocence. Afterwards she realized her brother was innocent and went to find the real killers. In looking, she ended up running for her life......This book would make a good movie. Damn Deondra, would Libby and Ben get a second chance at life or will it be stolen from them again? #Book15of2020 #whatsnext #bookworm #highlyrecommended

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Carrie S.

    I was very happy with this book. Voice actors were great. I enjoyed it from start to finish and had a hard time stopping and going to sleep.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Slow start... but worth the investment! Satisfying ending.

  • Kristen M.

    Overall, the book was good. A little slow in the beginning, but definitely unpredictable. Narration was good.

  • Adair B.

    Wow. Super disappointed. Tried so hard to get into this audio book. I am a huge fan of murder mysteries, and audio books, and slow burn stories. I don’t know if it was the story, or Libby, or her character’s narrator, but this was painful and boring. Perhaps it was Libby’s character lacking any character at all. I would recommend many other audio books over this one. Perhaps much better if reading the book itself. I’ve listened to 50 murder mystery audio books and have read 50 burger mystery books in the last 3-4 years.. never have I experienced this type of frustration! Maybe you all will have a better experience than I did!

  • Florentina G.

    I love Gillian Flynn's books. This is the 3rd I have listened to and it is great.

  • Christa A.

    Another great book by Gillian Flynn. You either love her or hate her .

  • Nicole E.

    This was a great book, however the narrators were hard to hear. Very low tones.

  • Mo L.

    The book was great!

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