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 twenty 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 ...
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 twenty 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. It is 2 January 1985 - the day of the murders. Ben is a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lives. His family is extremely poor, and his father Runner is violent, gambles and disappears for months on end. But Ben does have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben becomes involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turns against him, his thoughts turn black. But is he capable of murder?In a brilliantly interwoven plot, Gillian Flynn keeps the reader balanced on a knife-edge, as Libby delves into her family's past and Ben spirals towards destruction.
Fine. Audio Book A square solid clean solid previewed copy. Unabridged on 11 CDs. Basis for the upcoming movie. Read by Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins. THIS COPY IS IN MY POSSESSION AND NORMALLY SHIPS NEXT DAY.
Good. No Jacket As Issued. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" Tall. Signed by Author 349pp. Signed by Gillian Flynn on title-page; no inscription or mention of previous owner. Original stiff wraps. Pages are clean (unmarked). Binding is tight and secure. Covers are slightly scuffed with a few small bumps to edges, rubbing to extremities. Nice reading copy and scarce as signed.
Fine. 0307341569 First edition, First Printing. Signed by the author on the half title page. Not inscribed, price clipped or otherwise marked. Securely wrapped, dust jacket in protective cover and shipped in a box. Full # line starting with a 1. Very Nice collectible book.
Near Fine in Fine jacket. Book. Signed by Author(s) SIGNED by Gillian Flynn in silver marker directly on the title page without personalized inscription (signature only). Numbered ticket for the book-signing event held in Chicago is laid in. First edition, first printing, with full number line, 10 through 1, and "First Edition" stated on the copyright page. First-issue dust jacket has the publisher's $24.99 price on the front flap. NEAR FINE hardcover book in FINE dust jacket. Book is Fine except for some wrinkling to the lower half of page 295 and the lower blank margin of page 297 (along with some very slight waviness to the lower margins of the next couple of pages) as a result of an apparent clear water spill as there is no staining. The book is otherwise nearly as new with just slight creasing to the spine ends and otherwise bright, crisp, clean and unworn, tight and square. Interior is otherwise flawless. No previous owner's signature. Dust jacket is close to flawless and as new and is protected in an archival mylar cover.
I had a hard time staying interested in the story.
Aug 9, 2009
Libby Day is a survivor, a professional victim, and not a very nice person. For her entire adult life Libby has lived off a victim's trust fund established by well-wishers across the country, after the brutal massacre of her entire family. The bloody slaying of Libby's mother and two sisters happened when she was seven, at the hands of her fifteen year old brother Ben. Or so she testified in his trial, and so she has believed in the intervening 24 years. Recently, however, she's begun to doubt the veracity of her own testimony. Did she really see what she thought she saw? Was she fed lines by the shrinks and the prosecutors, lines that she eventually came to believe? By Libby's own admission, though, the impetus driving her to find the truth comes from the dwindling of her trust fund and a request by a member of a true crime club devoted to her case--more specifically, to the proof of her brother's innocence--that she use her connections, for a fee, to lead them to the real killer or killers.
The crime occurred in January of 1985, when the country was seeing Satanic ritual abuse in every basement and behind the locked doors of every pre-school. The Day family, mother Patty, Ben, and three daughters, Michelle, Debbie, and Libby, are a painfully poor farm family in rural Kansas. Their story unfolds in third person chapters told from the points of view of Patty and Ben, which alternate with present day first person chapters narrated by the not particularly reliable Libby.
Dark Places unfolds at a tantalizing pace, each short chapter fitting another little piece of the puzzle into place. There are so many pieces that when the last one is finally locked into place, not only is the reader relieved finally to see the big picture, but the revelation is truly original and surprising.
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