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Dark Places

Gillian Flynn, Author
Gillian Flynn, Author . Crown/Shaye Areheart $24 (349p) ISBN 978-0-307-34156-3
Reviewed on: 03/23/2009
Release date: 05/01/2009
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Edgar-finalist Flynn’s second crime thriller tops her impressive debut, Sharp Objects . When Libby Day’s mother and two older sisters were slaughtered in the family’s Kansas farmhouse, it was seven-year-old Libby’s testimony that sent her 15-year-old brother, Ben, to prison for life. Desperate for cash 24 years later, Libby reluctantly agrees to meet members of the Kill Club, true crime enthusiasts who bicker over famous cases. She’s shocked to learn most of them believe Ben is innocent and the real killer is still on the loose. Though initially interested only in making a quick buck hocking family memorabilia, Libby is soon drawn into the club’s pseudo-investigation, and begins to question what exactly she saw—or didn’t see—the night of the tragedy. Flynn fluidly moves between cynical present-day Libby and the hours leading up to the murders through the eyes of her family members. When the truth emerges, it’s so twisted that even the most astute readers won’t have predicted it. (May)

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