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Dark Places - Gillian Flynn


Published: 4th May 2010
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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.

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    Named one of the Best Books of 2009 by "Publishers Weekly"
    A "Weekend TODAY" "Top Summer Read"
    "The New Yorker"'s Reviewers' Favorite from 2009
    A 2009 Favorite Fiction Pick by "The Chicago Tribune
    "[A] nerve-fraying thriller."
    --"The New York Times"
    "Flynn's well-paced story deftly shows the fallibility of memory and the lies a child tells herself to get through a trauma."
    --"The New Yorker
    "Gillian Flynn coolly demolished the notion that little girls are made of sugar and spice in "Sharp Objects," her sensuous and chilling first thriller. In DARK PLACES, her equally sensuous and chilling follow-up, Flynn...has conjured up a whole new crew of feral and troubled young females....[A] propulsive and twisty mystery."
    --"Entertainment Weekly
    ""Flynn follows her deliciously creepy "Sharp Objects" with another dark tale . . . The story, alternating between the 1985 murders and the present, has a tense momentum that works beautifully. And when the truth emerges, it's so macabre not even twisted little Libby Day could see it coming."
    --"People" (4 stars)
    "Crackles with peevish energy and corrosive wit."
    --"Dallas Morning News"
    "A riveting tale of true horror by a writer who has all the gifts to pull it off."
    --"Chicago Tribune
    "In her first psychological thriller, "Sharp Objects, " Flynn created a world unsparingly grim and nasty (the heroine carves words into her own flesh) written with irresistibly mordant humor. The sleuth in her equally disturbing and original second novel is Libby Day....It's Flynn's gift that she can make a caustic, self-loathing, unpleasant protagonist someone you come to root for."
    --"New York Magazine"
    "[A] gripping thriller."
    ""Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre."
    -Stephen King
    "Another winner!"
    -Harlan Coben
    "Gillian Flynn's w

    Gillian Flynn

    Gillian Flynn is an American author and television critic for Entertainment Weekly. She has so far written three novels, Sharp Objects, for which she won the 2007 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the best thriller; Dark Places; and her best-selling third novel Gone Girl.

    Her book has received wide praise, including from authors such as Stephen King. The dark plot revolves around a serial killer in a Missouri town, and the reporter who has returned from Chicago to cover the event. Themes include dysfunctional families,violence and self-harm.

    In 2007 the novel was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Writer, Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie, CWA New Blood and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers, winning in the last two categories.

    Flynn, who lives in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated at the University of Kansas, and qualified for a Master's degree from Northwestern University.

    Visit Gillian Flynn's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9780307341570
    ISBN-10: 0307341577
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 349
    Published: 4th May 2010
    Publisher: THREE RIVERS PR
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.34  x 1.91
    Weight (kg): 0.27