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.
Quite Different - But I liked it.
I am usually a hardcore thriller lover...not hung up on a lot of literary character development and all of that stuff....but I still like a skillfully written novel. This is one of them. Also, I rarely read books written by women...mainly because of a lot of emphasis on relationships, romance, etc. But this is a very engaging book. It is well written, moves along, and is strange enough to keep you interested. Just wanting to see what happens next. After a while you can only take so many shootouts and car chases, and this book has it's share of action....but it is able to keep you entertained through the slower parts as well.
Verging on Excellence
Gillian Flynn slyly slides you into the world of the Day family, and does not allow you to escape for 13 hours. She is adept at first-person narrative from multiple characters. Her superb technique in switching between past and present, character to character, has you begging the question, "Ok, enough now! Who did it? And. . who did what?" But this is not just a who-done-it. It is verging on literature with adroit development of not only the characters, but the family, the era and their culture. I walked away stunned and reflecting from this one. A must read.
Best Audio Book Ever
I have listened to so many books, and this is the first that I've felt complelled to review. It was so good. It's very dark and disturbing. Kinda creepy, but it sure keeps your interest. I couldn't quit listening and as soon as it was over I downloaded Gillian Flynn's other book "Sharp Objects" (also fantastic). These are the type of books you want to discuss with a friend. The narrators were also really good. Well worth the money. Enjoy!