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Libby Day (Female), Mother and two older sisters were killed; her testimony at the age of 7 sent her 15-year- old brother to prison for life; hasn't had to work a day in her life; her trust fund money is running out; confronted by a secret society determined to prove her brother's innocence; begins to question exactly what she saw 25 years ago
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Family tragedy
Child witnesses
Brothers and sisters
Mass murder
Secret societies
Search for truth
Wrongful conviction
Dysfunctional families
Kansas - Midwest (U.S.)
Time Period
1985 -- 20th century
2009 -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Once in a while a book comes along that puts a new spin on an old idea. More than 40 years ago, Truman Capote (with In Cold Blood) took readers inside the Clutter farmhouse in Holcomb, KS, to show them what it was like to walk in a killer's shoes. Flynn (Sharp Objects) takes modern readers back to Kansas to explore the fictional 1985 Day family massacre from the perspective of a survivor as well as the suspects. In order to identify the true killer, an adult Libby Day must come to terms with the traumatic events of her childhood, when her mother and two sisters were slaughtered. Although Flynn sometimes struggles with the large cast of characters she has amassed, each with his or her own set of volatile foibles, and complicates matters by dealing with them in both the present and the past, the tight plotting and engaging characters carry the reader over the few rough patches that appear. For all public libraries.-Nancy McNicol, Hamden P.L., CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl , and the basis for the major motion picture starring Charlize Theron <br> <br> Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas." She survived--and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club--a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes--locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben.<br> <br> Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She'll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club--for a fee. As Libby's search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started--on the run from a killer.<br> <br> Praise for Dark Places <br> <br> "[A] nerve-fraying thriller." -- The New York Times <br> <br> "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 <br> <br> "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<br> <br> "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) <br> <br> "Crackles with peevish energy and corrosive wit." --Dallas Morning News <br> <br> "A riveting tale of true horror by a writer who has all the gifts to pull it off." -- Chicago Tribune <br> <br> "It's Flynn's gift that she can make a caustic, self-loathing, unpleasant protagonist someone you come to root for." -- New York Magazine <br> <br> "[A] gripping thriller."-- Cosmopolitan<br> <br> "Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre." --Stephen King
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