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Dark Places: A Novel

A book by Gillian Flynn

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Desperation

  • Jun 18, 2009
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For 25 years, Libby Day has avoided revisiting her memories of the horrendous night in which she heard someone murder her mother and sisters. It was her own testimony, as a 5 year old, that sent her older brother to prison for life. Now Libby is barely functioning as an independent adult. She desperately needs money, and agrees to consult with a club of murder groupies who believe her brother is innocent. It isn't long before everything she is forced to re-examine everything she knows is true. And it is with a gritty, cold, single-mindedness that Libby forces herself to do what the cops did not - discover who really committed this mass murder.

Gillian Flynn has woven a disturbing tapestry of secrets, lies, and misery that is true to its title. This is not a pretty story, but it is credible in its reflection of the hardscrabble conditions under which many people struggle. There are no happy endings here, not for anyone.

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review by . May 02, 2009
Dark Places
    Flynn's novel has the effect of blunt force trauma. With icy precision and an eye for the consequences of poverty and despair, this novel hums with discordance and the chronic misery of a family mired in unhappiness. In January, 1985, Libby Day is the survivor of a family massacre, at seven years old the only witness to the murder of her mother and two sisters on their Kansas farm. Libby's brother, Ben, has spent the last twenty-five years in jail for what an avid press describes …
review by . June 07, 2009
Libby Day was 7 years old when her brother murdered her mother and two sisters. Libby has spent 25 years believing that, and not particularly caring about it, but now she is finally starting to question what really happened on the night her family was killed-- not because of any curiosity of her own but because she has run out of money to live on and the only way she has of making money is by finding out information for a fan group that is obsessed with notorious crimes.    First …
review by . May 21, 2009
This is one of those books that pulls you in from the very first page; in this case a poem about the murders of the family. The poem is catchy in itself and reminds me of many form my own school days. Then you delve into Libby Day (the sole survivor years later) and her point of view. Right off I was addicted but also, dementedly, wishing the book actually covered that first murder. All was not lost though as flashbacks quickly played from other times and other player's points of view; and Libby …
review by . May 19, 2009
I really enjoyed this author's last novel "Sharp Objects" and so was interested in reading her new one. This one did not disappoint: it's a frightening story of murder and mayhem, and reminds one of the brutal farmhouse killings written about in Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood". This massacre, however, has a survivor, a 7 year old,whose court testimony sends her teen-age brother to jail for life.    25 years pass, and a now almost penniless woman decides to make some money by …
review by . April 23, 2009
Dark Places is a nasty little book in all the right ways.      Twenty-five years ago, while seven-year-old Libby Day hid and listened, her mother and two older sisters were massacred in their Kansas farmhouse, a crime for which her brother is serving a life sentence. Now 32, Libby has, in her own words, "a meanness" inside her. She's also blown through every dime of the money donated to her cause after the murders, and has no idea of how she's going to earn her keep until she's …
review by . May 01, 2009
Flynn's novel has the effect of blunt force trauma. With icy precision and an eye for the consequences of poverty and despair, this novel hums with discordance and the chronic misery of a family mired in unhappiness. In January, 1985, Libby Day is the survivor of a family massacre, at seven years old the only witness to the murder of her mother and two sisters on their Kansas farm. Libby's brother, Ben, has spent the last twenty-five years in jail for what an avid press describes as "The Satan Sacrifice …
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ISBN-10: 0307341569
ISBN-13: 978-0307341563
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books (May 5, 2009)

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