Study Guide

Dark Places Chapter 17

By Gillian Flynn

Chapter 17

Libby Day—Now

  • Lyle, Libby, and Libby's stack of notes to sell head to Magda's house.
  • A whole gaggle of gals is waiting at Magda's house, eager to bring Ben home.
  • Libby meets all the women and hears their sob stories.
  • Magda forgives Libby for her "part in this fiasco" (16.58). Well, that's a relief.
  • All the women there believe Runner, Libby's dad, did it, even though his girlfriend, Peggy, gave him an alibi.
  • Speaking of Peggy, she's the special guest at this party.
  • Peggy emerges and introduces herself to Libby.
  • Peggy says she's going to recant her story. She wasn't actually with Runner that night, and when he did come home, he had scratches on his hands.
  • Clearly the mark of a murderer.

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