1. Dark Places download ebookTo download now please click the link below.http://amzn.to/192KOWpOverview"I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ."Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “TheSatan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled theirtiny 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,
2. was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby livesoff 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. Whenthey locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libbyhatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with theplayers from that night and report her findings to the club . . . and maybe she’lladmit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandonedOklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The eventsof 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 farmhave driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece bypiece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back whereshe started–on the run from a killer.ReviewsNormally I wouldnt give a genre book like this a 5-star review, because Im pickyand controlling about handing out major praise. How could a crime/mystery be asgood as, say, Thomas Hardy or Alice Munro? Apples and oranges.But I just finished this about five minutes ago, and it made me gasp. Its so good -a well-paced page-turner, beautifully wrought. I literally couldnt put it down forlonger than a couple hours at a time once I picked it up (with the exception ofsleep).According to her Acknowledgements, Flynn did significant research to write this,and it shows - its assured, detailed, and often heart-wrenching. There are noloose ends, and when they tie up, they tie up so naturally, unfolding at such arealistic pace, that you feel like this could really have happened. Nothing -- exceptmaybe for the Kill Club, the ball that gets the narrator Libbys investigation rolling-- is far fetched.
3. For what this is -- a genre novel echoing In Cold Blood, crossed with southerngothic -- its superior. But even outside the mystery/crime genre, this book is abetter, more skillful, funnier, more emotional and more fascinating read than mostof the literary fiction Ive read lately.Libby Day is a fantastic heroine/anti-heroine; real, three dimensional, funny, dark,bent and broken, but not beyond repair. I so enjoyed taking this ride with her andam sorry the book had to end. This is very high praise coming from me, because Iread constantly and I hardly ever have this feeling about anything. I cant wait toread "Sharp Objects", though Im dreading it at the same time, because I reallycant afford to let another book usurp all my time for three straight days.This was my first book by Gillian Flynn and it will not be my last.Gillian Flynn is a masterful writer who can take an idea and twist and turn it into adark intense story that you cannot put down-not even if you wanted to. DarkPlaces had me hooked at the beginning and breathless at the end.Dark Places tells the story from the perspective of three individuals-Patty Day andtwo of her children, Ben and Libby. The Day family was massacred at their Kansasfarm, the only survivors were Libby and Ben. Ben, accused of the crime by Libbywho was 7 at the time, has spent the last 24 years in prison. Libby has spent hertormented life living off of a Victims Fund which was started for her as a child.That money however has run out and now she has found a new way to live-TheKill Club, a group of individuals who spend their time investigating crimes. The KillClub will pay Libby to dig into her past and re-live the tragedy of her childhood.Once she begins the journey, there is no turning back, and what she finds out maychange her life forever.I LOVED this book. The characters were strongly developed. I felt something foreach of them, whether it was sympathy, hate, or fear-the rollercoaster ofemotions didnt stop until the story was over. Flynns telling of the story isgeniously done. She has created a story that you have to finish. You wont feelcomplete unless you do.5 stars plus!Let me start this by saying I never write reviews, but I just had to for this one. Ireally enjoyed Gillian Flynns first book, Sharp Objects. So when I decided I was in
4. the mood for a good mystery, one that grabs you and doesnt let you go till thevery end, I was fortunate in remembering that she had just come out with a newbook. Let me tell you, this book did exactly what I was hoping for and more. Thestory centers on Libby Day, a broken woman who suffered an unthinkable tragedywhen she was only seven years old: her mother and sisters were murdered by herteenage brother, and Libbys testimony helped put him in jail for the rest of hislife. 24 years later, Libby is barely functioning and has pushed the memory of thetragedy into the back of her mind, her Dark Place. When Libby, through a series ofevents, realizes that she may have been wrong about her brother, she embarks ona journey to figure out the truth of what happened that night. The story has threedifferent narrators, Libby in the present, on her journey, and her mother andbrother in the past, each slowly revealing the events the day in question.All I can say is WOW! This book had me hooked. I listened to the audio (which isexcellent) at work, and ended up sitting on my couch at home listening because Ihad to finish it. Now that I have, I havent been able to stop thinking about it. Thebroken characters are so realistic, the written is so vivid, and the story is so tragicthat it stays with you for a long time.Great mystery, good for fans of literary mysteries like Laura Lippmans. LibbyDays family was murdered when she was seven, and her 15-year-old brotherwent to prison for the crime in large part due to Libbys testimony against him.Now, Libby is 31, still suffering from the effects of the murders, and the trust fundset up for her after the murders has just about run out. Shes contacted by amember of a local true-crime club, the "Kill Club", and out of desperation agreesto visit the club in exchange for payment. Libby is a flawed, understandablydepressed, unhappy, and unpleasant narrator, but is a tough cookie. When shefinds that the members of the Kill Club do not at all believe her testimony againsther brother, she is finally jumpstarted into investigating what really happened thatday. The novel flashes back periodically to the time period just before themurders, depicting her brothers point of view as well as her mothers. Its adisturbing novel, but mesmerizing.If somebody went up to me and told that all women are victims of male brutalityand evil, I would do two things. First off, laugh in their face and tell them to getsome perspective.Second, Id tell them to go fuck themselves and choke on their snobb-y ness.There are, as I like to call them, man haters that believe that women are superiorto men in every single damn way, and have higher morals, and all people of theopposite sex are rapists and murderers who deserve to rot in Hell. Im sorry, but
5. women can be just as vicious, cold, and just plain "evil" as men can be. GillianFlynn is a writer who has some perspective, and the woman are just as pathetic asthe men. Everyone is this book is a liar, a thief, depressed, stuck-up, cold, wicked,twisted, and will do anything to get what they want.I knew I was going to like this. Did I think I would love it? I had no clue. There aresome 4 star books that I do love, but theyre just not quite 5 star quality either(okay, I have given 5 stars to "fun" books as well). Maybe I had my expectationstoo low by expecting 4 stars. All I know for certain that if this book is an indicatorof what I can expect from Gillians other two books, she will wind up on my KylesFavorite Authors sidebar on my profile. Even if they arent 5 stars, if they maintaingood quality, theyre a sho-in.I just re-watched The Dark Knight in preparation for The Dark Knight Rises, andoh boy do I love my sociopathic clowns (oh and R.I.P. Heath Ledger - youre talentwas beyond human comprehension). This is potentially a reason for why this bookand I were meant to meet. If you see who I reccomend this book to, youll knowthat this is not for people who think chic-lit is hard-core.This is for people who think books about evil people are brilliant.Almost twenty five years ago in the early hours of January 3rd, 1985, seven-year-old Libby Day crawled out the window of her mothers bedroom to save herselffrom a bloody massacare that left her two sisters and mother dead. Who did shetestify as the killer? Her eldest sibling, fifteen-year-old Ben Day, who was almostaccused of practicing in Satanic worship and killing animals for sacrifice. Nowthirty-two, Libby is depressed, pathetic, and living off charity given to her beingthe soul survivor of the killings. However, she barely has over $900 left,unemployed, and is desperate for cash. When a offer from the Kill Club, a group ofpeople obsessed with murderous mysteries, hers in particular, is given topotentially figure out who really killed the Days (she might have never actuallyseen Ben kill her family), she jumps on it.Is she in over her head?
6. The mystery is well thought out, and not predictable in the least. Well, in justabout 90% of that regard. I slightly figured one part of it out, and it does becomemore and more obvious the closer everything begins to unravel of course, at leastone part of it. Some 3rd person chapters are told from Patty Day (mother)s POV,and some of them from Ben, all of them from the 24 hours leading up to themassacare. Every question raised regarding it is given a logical answer, even if itseemed like nothing. Pay attention to details people - youll see just howspectacular Flynn thought this through.I wouldnt go as far as to say the characters are likeable, or even verysympathetic. However my heart does break for Libby, since she does have reasonto be mad, depressed, even if it could be a bit of laziness as well. However not onecharacter is unnessecary, and they all have their baggage. Diondra was never acharacter I liked, or even cared for, even when you find out she probably has adysfunctional home life. Bitchiness can only be justified by so much.The story is very quick, and those last 300 pages were extremely riveting (well,last 300 pages in the large print edition, which is the only kind my library had).The atmosphere is absolutely incredible, and had me convinced my dreams wouldbe haunted by this. There are some scenes in this book were your eyes will bepopping out of your head, especially if you hate brutality against animals. I waslying under a blanket with the AC blasting on as high as I could get it, so whenyou hear its winter, theres snow on the ground, tempature is low, and thereskillers in the night, I was a very freaked out reader.This also deals with some pretty great themes, such as corruption, murder,acceptance, paranoia, and the human urge to condem something they dontunderstand fully.So, if you can handle rather explicit sex, violence, and have enough perspective toaccept that women and men alike are volatile and destructive, and love yourmysteries dark and gritty (and unpredictable of course) this is the book you needto read.I cannot wait to read Sharp Objects, which is available for pickup at my library.
7. Normally, it is usualy hard to sympathize with a flawed character, especially whenthe character is looking to take advantage of the tragedy of her disfunctionalfamilys slaughter, and her status as a victim. But Gillian Flynn painted her ingreat details, going back and forth from the narrator Libby Day s childhood, topresent, bringing forth her innocence and the horrifying circumstances ofwitnessing through sounds, of her entire family being murdured and seeing theaftermath. The ending was masterfully done and I can see myself looking to thebookshelves for her latest novel. Stephen King who recommends Gillian Flynn,wrote she isthe real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knackfor the macrabre. and I believe I always do well in mindlessly buying books thathe recommends.Disturbing, violent, dark and mysterious with a hypnotic tendency towards themacabre! Gillian Flynn did it again!I read Flynns first novel in February and I immensely fell in love with it. It wasshocking, violent, dark but it was also amazingly clever. So I had to read morebooks by her! I am so glad that I did! This is, dare I say, even better that SharpObjects!This was such a dark and violent read, exactly like Flynns first work. She is notaffraid to hint many difficult subjects that are rarely hinted together in literature!However, although I was comfortable with the subject of her first novel I was notwith the theme of this one, satanism. It is a very sensitive theme for me. But myfears were proven wrong. I love how uncomfortable Flynn made me feel! Howmuch the events in her story affected me!But the themes hinted in the novel dont end in Satan worshiping. There are alsobrutal killings, molestation, drugs, bullying,and underage sex. But Flynn hints allthose subjects in a very beautiful way. Without a doubt her books are not foreveryone. They are very, very disturbing. But if you are comfortable with that Ihighly recommend them if you are looking for a read that will keep awake till thelate hours.Because Flynns stories are really un-put-down-able. You cannot but get addictedby her dark mysteries highlighted with characters amazingly developed. This isanother aspect that makes her books so good. Her ability to create characters
8. multidimensional and profound. A good mystery really lies upon characters andFlynns can really carry a story that surprises you constantly. What is also verysurprising is that most of her characters are brutal, nasty women with violentsides.The main character at first is not likeable at all. But as you read further you get tounderstand and love parts of her. You get to understand how she was affected bythe events surounding her family. I was suprised of her strength. It is amazinghow Flynn outlines her characters. Every detail is important and it turns the readertoward another direction of who could the murderer be. She really is an ingeniouswriter. Its just impossible to predict what is going to happen. Every single theory Imade was rebutted! The ending really hit me! I was not expecting it at all!What I also loved in this book is that it is filled with flashbacks of the charactersthat die in the beginning of the novel and whose deaths we are trying to solve out.All those flashbacks made me love these characters that we know that end up in avery bad ending & I really didnt want to see them hurt. All the emotions that thisclever trick created to me were unbelievable. It was amazing how the story unfold.With every page I got drown more and more into the plot.Gillian Flynn is a great writer! There is no doubt about it now. After I read twonovels by her I can surely say that she is one of the most genius authors I haveever read. How she twisted the events in her book, how every single detailmattered, how she described every event with her amazing writing that really getsyou into the story is unbelievable. I had to stop after every few lines to say "wow".This is how much I loved it. There is no question of why Flynn has taken the worldby storm. Her books are spectacular.Even if mysteries are not your cup of tea, you have to read Flynns books. Thereare exemplary! She has the ability to surprise you in the most unexpected ways.Her books have exactly what I look for in a good read. Twists, characters that flipout of the pages and a clever plot. I cannot wait to read more books by her!
9. Once you step into Flynns world, into her weird mind you just cannot stop readingher books! You get swallowed by the darkness of her stories. You just cannot stopas you swirl down into the rabbit whole of her dark, violent, ingenious mysteries.To download now please click the link below.http://amzn.to/192KOWp