"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.
The movie, based on the book, is coming out in fall 2014.
- This story was so crazy intriguing from the poem at the beginning of the book. We start with hearing the story through Libby’s POV and then transition to other key characters in the book, bouncing back and forth between past and present.
- We were given a first-hand view of what life would be like for someone who goes through such a horrible tragedy. It was so hard to listen to how Libby thought of herself, how she acts and feels, how she lives. Even though she choose to act bad sometimes, it was heartbreaking to hear her story.
- The side characters in the Kill Group are so crazy that you have to love them. They are weird, passionate and overzealous!
- I just felt for Ben. So many feels for Ben. He had the wrong friends, was in the wrong places at the wrong times and it seriously lead to his demise. The story continues to build and all the evidence lines up and you can’t help but just feel so bad for Ben, deep in your gut.
- The mystery continues until the last few pages and I could not stop listening. I needed more and more and more. I finished this whole book in 2 days because I could not get enough of it.
- I only rated it a four, and I can’t really give you a gripe per say. I guess there was just something that made me love this book, but not so much that it would be a book I would want to reread and talk to everyone I know about it.