From the Publisher
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.
From the Jacket
"[A] nerve-fraying thriller."
-The New York Times
"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."
"[A] gripping thriller."
"Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling
storyteller with a knack for the macabre."
"Gillian Flynn's writing is compulsively good. I would rather
read her than just about any other crime writer."
"Dark Places grips you from the first page and
doesn't let go."
"With her blistering debut Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
hit the ground running. Dark Places demonstrates that was
"A gritty, riveting thriller with a one-of-a-kind, tart-tongued
-Booklist, starred review
"Flynn's second crime thriller tops her impressive debut, Sharp
Objects…When the truth emerges, it's so twisted that even the
most astute readers won't have predicted it."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the Book
"Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre."--Stephen King.
Dimensions: 368 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in
Published: October 13, 2011
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307341569
ISBN - 13: 9780307341563