Although I was initially put off by the time line switches, I barely noticed them by the time I was one-third through the book. The author makes both time lines intensely interesting, so I didn't come to prefer one to the other. I also was not very patient with the initial OCD descriptions, but again, quickly became immune to my initial irritation, and it became fascinating to learn about the subject.
I don't generally listen to this type of book, but I was quickly grabbed, and when I was unable to listen, couldn't quit thinking about it. I made several excuses to go off by myself so I could listen to more! A VERY satisfying listen!
I really enjoyed this book. The topic "domestic violence" is difficult to write about and even harder to listen to but the characters were deep and complex. There was believability in the story line.
It was believable, challenging and real
I found it really difficult to have the violence read to me but it was a very important part of the story line.
I literally just finished this...Seriously, what an intense story!! I had no idea what this story was about when I purchased it. I hadn't heard any of the "Hype", so went in with a free head. I'm kinda speechless, to be honest with you... Very well written and well read. An emotionally draining read, so be prepared, however spot on with the subject matter. I don't know anything about the author, but I do hope she wasn't drawing from first hand experiences!
The story is told by the "Victim"...leaping between past and present, finally converging to a dramatic ending and complete resolution.
I am usually not into this type of "Lifetime for Woman Channel" subject matter, however this was so well done and "real"...
One thought I had, while reading this, was I wonder what Male Readers think of this story and what emotions it brings out in them. I imagine it would be a whole different read for men, then woman.
I look forward to reading reviews from a man's perspective.
A great opening couple of chapters, but then ......
I had read glowing reviews of this novel, but did not enjoy this audio book I’m afraid (or, rather, I’m NOT afraid enough!). It probably didn’t help that I disliked all of the main characters, and the overdetailed description of the symptoms of OCD became boring. And I found Elizabeth Haynes’ writing style very weak – perhaps because I’d just experienced the unparalleled Kate Atkinson’s wonderful prose, so the comparison was probably unfair! I think I was just too irritated by these aspects of the book to find the “edge of the seat” tension, and the chilling terror that some reviews mentioned, but I seem to be in the minority on that score. I should mention too that there is some pretty explicit language during the descriptions of the heroine’s sex life, but some of these descriptions are also quite humorous too (unlike the disturbing descriptions of the domestic violence).
My next listen will be the latest Nicci French story because I have enjoyed all of the previous books.
David Thorpe doesn't have a huge amount of narration in this book, but when he did appear he was excellent.
The narrator, Karen Cass, has a wonderful voice & has brought to life many other readings, but her Lancashire accent during “Into The Darkest Corner” soon grated (my family origins are in that part of England, so perhaps I’m hypercritical !).
I would probably go & see a movie of this book, because the plot has great potential for "suspense".
Not a winner with me, but try it for yourself and see if you are as gripped by it as many other readers have been – it is such an uncomfortable topic that opinions on it will obviously be very personal.
Maybe, I found that I didn't really care about the characters near the end.
I thought it was very disappointing. Could have been much more suspenseful leading up to the ending. Naomi definitely could have been brought into the story line more then she was, and Lee could stop crying. There were too many sex scenes, which is not nesscessarily bad, but I think the author used them as filler.
I think the author got the OCD characteristics perfectly.
They brought the characters to life - very believable.
Yes, but easy to pick up again if you didn't have a chance to listen to the whole thing
As the book progressed - I found it harder and harder to put it down! (or turn it off!)
Frankly, I was so worn out by the descriptions of OCD behavior I could hardly focus on the story. I kept saying to myself "enough already, let's move on with the story!" It isn't a bad story, it just goes on too long. Despite my conviction that it could have used a LOT of editing, I did listen through the entire book. The writing was decent enough, but the ending was predictable...something I would have forgiven if I had invested about half as much time in the story.
It took about 1/2 of the book before I was really enjoying it. The only advice I have for the main character: Buy an alarm system....
Karen Cass' voice is like nails on a chalkboard so I will avoid her in the future
David Thorpe is fine but any other woman would be better
Irritation. I can only listen to a little bit at a time so I'm not enjoying it much.
Hi, well first of all, I love books, I have been reading since I could remember. Is something that I'm very passionate about. BOOKS FOREVER!
I think both narrators were fantastic in describing their feelings when reading the book, it made it feel like they were actually there.
I loved how Cathy always kept true to herself and that she never was brainwashed by him.
I think just the way they connected in reading the novel was wonderful. I could tell that they really felt passionate about their characters.
Oh yes! It was very intriguing since the beginning.