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Dark Places Paperback – May 4, 2010
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Now, it is almost twenty-five years later, and Libby, depressed, angry and broke has agreed to attend a meeting of the Kill Club, a strange conglomerate of people obsessed with famous murders. Some of the Kill Club members have become interested in the murders of Libby's family because they are convinced that Ben has been wrongly convicted. After meeting with the Kill Club, Libby, although still sure that Ben is the murderer, decides to try to make some cash from her family's grisly history by charging the Kill Club members to interview people who might have further information about the murders.
In hauntingly compelling prose, this wonderfully talented author deftly unfolds the story of what really happened during the early morning hours of January 3, 1985, and how searching for, and uncovering, that truth will change the lives of Libby and Ben.
The book is told in an interesting intermittent flashback format, with Libby, tough and damaged from her horrific childhood, narrating the present-day chapters in first-person, while the flashback chapters, told in third-person, describe the actions of several key characters on one winter's day in 1985.
Besides Libby, the most fascinating character in the book is that of Ben, the awkward, aimless, angry boy, tottering on the brink of manhood.Read more ›
The book is paced and the author writes excellent and well developed descriptions of the characters - Libby's mother, aunt Diane, sisters and brother - as well as of the setting of the Kinnakee, Kansas farm and Libby's house on the bluff in Kansas City, Missouri. (As a KCMO native, I was surprised to find a book set in this Midwest city because it is so rare and I really enjoyed that fact about the book.)
Because of the way the novel is written, the various points of view in each chapter are used to advance Libby's determination and investigation into actually and finally finding out who killed her family and why. The plot is revealed in layers and the reader isn't quite sure how all of this is going to come together - but it does. This is not a heart pounding thriller, but a more dark and plodding one - you know that denouement is just around the corner - you're hoping that Libby is going to get the information she wants as she confronts first one and then another of the surviving family and others involved with the search for the killer(s) of her family. Indeed, the hangers on - the Kill Club members - and her father, the loser Runner, only add to her consternation as she seems thwarted at every turn.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the way each of these characters were written made them very unsympathetic to me as a reader. Many may disagree with me, by saying that anyone who experiences the brutal death of a family member has the right to be selfish throughout the rest of his or her life. But, I disagree with that theory and the actions of Libby Day, her tone in telling the story and her mood towards those around her who only wanted to help did not endear her to me at all.
What redeemed this novel for me were the flashback chapters told from the perspectives of Ben and Patty Day, accused brother and murdered mother respectively. Hearing the story told, in the day leading up to the murders, from their points of view were the pieces of this book that made me keep reading instead of tossing the book aside for something better. In these chapters, the author did a remarkable job of laying out the puzzles pieces that no one had been able to put together up to that point.
This story has many layers and I'm sure that different readers will get many different messages from it. I was disappointed that I didn't like the main character more, but that didn't stop me from wanting to get answers about what really happened "that night" just like she did.Read more ›
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This book is one of the most uniquely written thrillers I've ever read. The narrator/protagonist is a dark, tormented, and mysterious soul, determined, despite her reservations,... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by P. Miller
This was such a teaser... I couldn't put it down.... Such a great writer!!! A great mystery book....with a shocking twist at the end...Published 20 hours ago by Leslie
While this story wasn't as gripping as Gone Girl I still enjoy reading it. The plot was twisted and gritty. I love the realness of the characters and how unforgiving they were. Read morePublished 1 day ago by quietnight
Very well written. This is a page turner with a real twist at the end.Published 1 day ago by Slo Reader
Dark and it didn't feel like it was dark with a purpose; it was just dark for the sake of being disturbing. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Chancie
Very interesting read; at times a bit too much detail, but easy to skip over.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
The characters and situations are disturbing ..I read the book in two days though. I felt compelled to find the truth of what happened to the family and felt sympathy for... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Leanne E Thome
It was a page flipper. Great for the beach or for a good quick break. I actually read all her books and wasn't disappointed. Sorry. No spoilers.Published 4 days ago by helloB