By Gillian Flynn
Narrated by:Ann Marie Lee
Length: 9.5 hours
Published by: Random House Audio 2006/Shaye Areheart Books
Source: Borrowed from library
The success of Gillian Flynn’s third book, Gone Girl, led me to search out her previous works. Since my reading and listening time is always pushed and pulled I opted for the audio of this book. Wow!
Camille Preaker is working for a small Chicago newspaper when she is assigned a story in her former hometown in Missouri. She takes the assignment, digging up details of two murdered young girls, with grizzly similarities, and no obvious suspects. Camile has been gone over 10 years, now in her early 30’s and she’s none too thrilled to returning home. She’s also just been released from a stay in a psychiatric hospital. Camille has a secret, one that is always with her, she’s a cutter, not just cuts, but words, harsh words all over her body, words like wicked, harmful, whore, girl.
Flynn introduces us to Camille’s mother, Adora, and her stepfather, Alan as Camille stops by their home unannounced, and informs them of her assignment and her intentions of staying with them. They seem surprised, shocked even, but they relent. Camille’s twisted youth all unfolds as the story weaves between the research of the two murders and the uncovering of her sister, her life and death. We meet younger half sister Amma, a thirteen year old who seems intent on having it her way. She’s momma’s little angel at home, and a flirtatious oversexed teen when out of her sight.
This book is dark and twisted and so intriguing, I was eager to find time to pop my ear buds in or play it when I was driving alone….with my busy August it wasn’t easy to find that time!! Gillian Flynn is a master at finding the most odd and bizarre characters, she wove their unique stories in and out of this book. Small town people, now suspicious of each other, fearful, locking their doors, searching for the monster who has murdered these girls. Classic murder tale, but the answers aren’t so easy to find.
The narration at first concerned me, as the voice is very monotone, and then the more I listened I truly believe this was the perfect voice of Camille, slightly desensitized to the world.
I’ve given this book a 4 out of 5 stars, I really enjoyed it. There were a few plot twists I predicted, but not all. I’m still reading Gone Girl, it’s been on my back burner for a month or so, I didn’t complete it for book club, and other books have pushed it back, but I will get back to it, and I will be reading or listening to Dark Places and I am confident it will be another twisted tale.