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Publisher's Summary

Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate.

When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent. Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder?

Libby must delve into her family's past to uncover the truth - no matter how painful.

©2009 Gillian Flynn (P)2009 AudioGo Ltd

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Gillian Flynn ran away with my brain again

Every time I think I'm super clever and I've worked out the ending with all its twists and turns, Gillian tackles me and clocks me in the face. Love this story, can't wait to read more from this Author!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jay
  • 02-03-2015

great tail told

Twist and turns . A storty well told. Enjoyed every minute .The story pulls you into the centre of this torrid tale as you come face to face with the cold terrifying reality that this world can throw at you and you are on the sidelines as you watch the characters makr their horrid choices .

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OMG DARK PLACES!!!

i listened to this book within two days. i couldnt take the ear phones out of my ears. i fell in love with unlovable characters.. get through the introduction and start to get to know the characters and you are hooked! haunted! and on your knees begging for more.

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Good story , average narration

I struggled with the first half of the book with the readers accent and tone . Once the storyline took off I found it less annoying . She just sounded very flat to me .
The book is ok average sort of thriller- think it will make a good movie

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love it

Awesome, love the style, the way the storey unfolds. Was hooked from 'page' one. Now to read the third book.

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Good book

I really love every book I have listened to by Gillian Flynn. would recommend this book

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Bleak and long winded

Not a lot to make you feel good, with each character being unlikeable in some way, weak angry or dim. The plot was slow to develop but worth listening until the end. The reading was ok. It may have been the characters that made her seem limited in emotional range, and she was just staying true to the telling. All in all, not Flynn's best work.

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Not as good as Gone Girl - but still good!

I enjoyed this. Gillian Flynn really knows how to develop a character and take you along on a journey. I also like how she pushes the boundaries and delves into 'taboo' topics. Dark and addictive. No real distinctive flaws in the story and a great twist at the end

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Sceptical at first...

It's very twisted and you'll never guess how it ends. Kept me guessing.
Worth a listen.

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  • AlexC88
  • Canberra, Australia
  • 22-07-2016

Decent book, probably not for everyone

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This book sticks to the Gone Girl style and keeps you guessing and questioning each character.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Ending was good but anti-climatic given how the plot developed

Was Dark Places worth the listening time?

Yes, wouldn't listen to it again though (unlike other audiobooks I have listened to)

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  • msdtan
  • 10-08-2014

read all three books and im really a fan

Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

Yes absolutely! Well written story and well read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Places?

When she finally found diondra.

Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

Dianne,I liked how her voice changed it suits the character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

party's sacrifice for her children.

Any additional comments?

Great read and great audio. I recommend reading all gillian flynn's books. Love her,looking forward to her next book.

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  • Natasha
  • 09-03-2014

Great story and performance - excellent writing.

Gillian Flynn is an excellent writer - I love her turns of phrase and unique imagery, so I could read anything she writes. This ending was more predictable than Gone Girl but I still enjoyed the ride. The performance was outstanding, my favourite on Audible so far. I was desperate to keep listening (couldn't 'put it down') so would highly recommend this.

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  • HDJ
  • 01-05-2013

Not for the fainthearted!

Dark Places is the story of Libby Day who, in 1985, helped a jury convict her 15 year-old brother Ben for the brutal murder of her mother and sisters. Now, 25 years later, Ben remains in prison and the money in Libby's trust fund is gone. Unwilling to find a job, Libby accepts an offer from a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. The Kill Society offer to pay Libby to interview Ben and others about the massacre and they are eager to buy family mementos from her.

The story unfolds in alternating chapters between Libby in the present and her family in the hours leading up to the murders. The characters are vivid and believable though not very likable.The chapters play off each other perfectly exposing layer upon layer of ugliness.Gillian Flynn has had the courage to depict the long term damage and consequences of a brutal murder. She almost dares the reader to look away.

This novel succeeds on so many levels. It made me think about what happens to the survivors in the headlines or on the news. In the media limelight they are showered with sympathy, years later they are all but forgotten.

Dark Places is a masterpiece of cold blooded horror. It is not for the squeamish. There is graphic violence to humans and animals. There is sexual content and language that some may find offensive.

If you're looking for a dark (really dark!) mystery that is well crafted and competently narrated, then this is the book for you. I actually enjoyed it more than Gone Girl.

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  • Jerome
  • 10-07-2018

Truly exceptional

Once again, Flynn is amazing. I was hooked, almost from the very beginning, although I did find the start a bit slow. She cunningly weaves the present and past timeliness, leaving you in suspense at almost every change.

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  • margaret king
  • 15-03-2016

Compelling

A bravely drawn anti-hero -- unconventional, anti-social, on the margins. She hooked me immediately and I was happily swept along as the layers of the past were peeled away to reveal an extremely satisfying conclusion.

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  • chrissie64
  • 02-01-2016

Animal cruelty

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If I had known about the chapter describing in detail the animal cruelty I would never have started this book. It was completely unnecessary to describe in such gory detail the suffering of the animal. I wanted to hear it in case the story progressed but had to skip over it because I just didn't want that in my head. Hard to know but I don't think it made much difference to the story. It was quite disgusting.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It is an interesting story. I will listen to the rest to hopefully get some resolution to the story.

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  • Saiyidah
  • 16-10-2015

spine-chilling

amazing narrator, giving each character their own voice and personality.

love the storyline and how the story is being put together

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  • Joyette
  • 01-07-2015

Loved it! 💕

I never thought I would be a fan of this genre until I read/listened to this. If you're into suspense/thriller type plots, then give this one a shot.

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  • Oscar
  • 11-01-2015

Flynn's unique perspective on an unusual topic

I thought it was really good. I'm a Flynn fan. She writes the sardonic, bitter, witty thoughts of the outsider, the dangerous screw loose loner, the hopeless case so well. In Dark Places, Flynn creates a unique set of characters and will suck you into a dark, twisted, gloomy perspective for the duration of the read. The book is not depressing though, because of the dark humor and also, because of the little glimmers of hope that shine through for the characters, and because of the beautifully rendered characters of the Mother and the Aunt, whose desperation shines through with humanity and warmth.. There was a realness and a compassion to the telling of their story, all in flashback, that stayed with me and gave me real insight into what it's like to be a really poor struggling mother. I won't really tell you what the book is about, the blurb will tell you that, but it's good, it's really good.

Warning: There is a scene with some cows that is pretty bad. I listened to it and had to put down the audio book for a few weeks. It's the furthest Flynn has gone, I think, into proper gruesomeness. Normally she keeps the reader at a safe distance from that kinda thing. Just a warning, you will see it coming from the character's actions. If your squeamish about terrible animal cruelty...do yourself a favor and skip that bit.

Apart from the story itself, the writing is beautiful, the construction of secondary characters is flawless, as is the sequencing of how the nights events are revealed to us. She really is very good at what she does. However, for those of you unfamiliar with Flynn, hearts and flowers and candy it is not. It is dark and twisted and sardonic. Be prepared.

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  • Ann D
  • 19-06-2014

Excellent!

Any additional comments?

This is a powerfully written murder mystery in keeping with Gillian Flynn's other two books. Positively gruesome at times and always dark, it is not for the faint hearted. None of the characters are particularly likeable, but they seem very real and are understandable (insofar as how they have become what they have become). Lorelei King's narration was perfect and never distracted for a moment (a common problem with audio books).

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  • Kirstine
  • 19-10-2013

Unusual crime story

I needed to concentrate as the story flips back and forth between a brutal attack killing all but one of a family in 1985 and "now" narrated by the survivor Libby Day as she tries to reveal the truth about what actually happened compared with the outcome of the police investigation and court case that found her brother guilty. Gradually anomalies emerge as to whether or not he committed the murders as others also had a motive. And it is gradually: this is not a fast-paced page-turner of a book. Instead one in drawn into a web of digressions that flesh out the characters. Nobody, except perhaps the murder victims, is sympathetically depicted. At times there are some pretty gruesome descriptions that haunt the mind but mostly it is a complex analysis of interactions among troubled and dysfunctional people entangled in the aftermath of a terrible crime.

The final denouement was a complete surprise to me as there didn't appear to be clues laid in the narrative. This didn't matter as the strength of the book is the gradual revelations about the characters brought vividly to life as the story unfolds and one is led on false trails as to who might be guilty. Not an easy listen but a memorable one.

Lorelei King is one of the best audio book narrators and she does a grand job with this story.

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  • Jill
  • 19-06-2013

Hated Libby, loved Libby!

Like many others I came to this book after 'Gone Girl', and although this book is by no means as complex and convoluted it is still very good indeed. Libby Day is an exploitative character whom I really rather disliked at the beginning (as I'm sure is the intention) but I gradually came round as I began to understand the reasons why she is the way she is, and found her more and more likeable as the book progressed. Some memorable co-characters added extra life to the plot and kept me eager to listen whenever I could.

I must admit an unreasonable prejudice I had against the narrator meant that I hesitated some time before downloading this book. A while back I listened to a book that I really didn't like and found her accent annoying, thus in my mind she was associated with a negative experience. I'm glad I gave her another chance, because she really read 'Dark Places' extremely well.

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  • CK
  • 16-05-2013

Could Not Stop Listening!

I loved this book. Having listened to Gone Girl and loved that (although the ending was irritating) I was delighted to find another Gillian Flynn on Audible. Another psychological thriller, I found this one even more gripping than Gone Girl and could not 'put it down'. The narrator, Lorelei King, did a brilliant job of giving us sulky, difficult, traumatised Libby who gradually transformed into someone who 'done good' and as her character matured as she unravelled what had happened the night most of her family were murdered 25 years earlier so did Ms King's 'Libby voice'. What I love about Flynn is that she meticulously plans her stories so that every detail is pertinent without you realising it. Everything pedestrian is a vital clue - very clever. One more of hers to read so I hope she hurries up and writes more!

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  • Holly
  • 02-12-2015

Gory, uncomfortable listen

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Although a very well written book, I found it far too gory and detailed. The story was very dark which I was expecting to a degree, but it certainly made me flinch once or twice and I don't have a soft stomach!

What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

Lorelei King excellently narrated the book - she managed to give the characters a real sense of personality which matched the tone of the book brilliantly.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Places?

It's tricky to describe without giving too much away.. but it would more than likely be the sacrifice, or perhaps not cut it away but softened the description slightly. I appreciate though that it was the level of detail which made the horrific crimes in the book all the more abhorrent.

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  • Andrew Davis
  • 24-07-2015

Gripping but sad

Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

I don't think this is a story I would listen to again and it builds up to who did it and once you know I'm not sure it would be the same again

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and the flashbacks to the night of the massacre

Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven;t listened to any other books she has read but thoroughly enjoyed this

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was so sad really, the way the story turned out made you realise the harsh choices people have to make when under pressure

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  • Andy
  • 19-01-2015

The title says everything about this story

Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

I don't generally revisit books for a number of years, but in saying that never say never. I enjoyed this book but it was quite disturbing in places.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Places?

The conclusion. It all built up to that point and it didn't disappoint.

Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I'll lookout for others. She was awesome

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not particularly, the book carried you on a wave of emotions in which you had empathy for certain characters one minute, then distaste for them the next.

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  • Jo
  • 17-12-2014

A violent mystery thriller

Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

I might listen to it again in a few years.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the protagonist, she is a bit of an anti-hero.

What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She puts her own stamp on all the characters. I think she does a good job.

Any additional comments?

This book is quite violent, much more so than Gone Girl. But I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Sharp Objects (Flynn's first book).

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  • Cat
  • 01-12-2014

Gratuitously gory

So unnecessarily and gratuitously gory that I gave up on it. Whilst I can see what she was trying to do, that amount of lingering on the grotesque just made me turn it off. In a novel, you can skip past something like that but unfortunately it was not possible on audiobook. A real shame as I LOVED Gone Girl and was hoping for another excellent read.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful