Perhaps you’ve recently discovered Gillian Flynn through her critically acclaimed third audiobook Gone Girl, which entered the New York Times Bestseller list on June 24, 2012 at #2 and remains there as of January 2013.
If you loved Gone Girl and are waiting for Flynn’s next suspense thriller to be published, you might want to check out her previous two novels available for download at The Audio Book Store. One of these is Dark Places.
Dark Places tells the story of Libby Day, whose mother and two sisters were slaughtered in their home when Libby was seven years old. Libby was the only family member to escape; her brother Ben, who was not home at the time, was convicted of the murders and has spent the past 25 years in prison.
Libby’s memories—and testimony—are called into question when she is contacted by a bizarre group called The Kill Club, whose members are obsessed with notorious crimes and spend countless hours reviewing and analyzing such crimes. Members of the Kill Club believe Ben has been wrongly convicted, and enlist Libby’s help to go back and speak with persons associated with the homicides in an attempt to discover the "real" killer and free Ben Day.
Like Gone Girl, Dark Places is a gripping thriller with some odd characters whose actions are consistently unpredictable, culminating in an ending that’s also totally unpredictable.
Before writing her first novel, Flynn worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years as both a movie and TV critic. Dark Places is her second novel and in addition to being a New York Times bestseller was also Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009 and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice. Her work has been published in twenty-eight countries.
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 have 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.
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