Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
We are first introduced to Lee when we see him pleading guilty to abusing and stalking a woman, in the courthouse. Haynes then skips back in time to when Lee and heroine Catherine meet.
Catherine and Lee have a wonderful new relationship. Although his 'work' has perplexing hours, and Catherine doesn't know why he won't tell her more about it, he otherwise seems like the perfect guy. He is dashing, handsome, and he truly cares about her. Catherine's friends are over-the-top jealous and they believe, as she does at first, that she's caught the perfect fish.
As Catherine and Lee's relationship progresses, Catherine begins to get a little edgy. Lee starts to be very controlling and then he gets to the point where he is stalking Catherine. He then begins to abuse her in many gruesome ways. Catherine cannot believe that she's let herself become 'one of those women' who allows for things like this to happen. Her friends shame her for breaking up with Lee, because he's a charmer and talks to them about his broken heart. As abusers often do, he projects Catherine as the horrible person and himself as the one who's just trying to do the best thing.
The book is a psychological thriller with a deep tension. It's sort of different because we already know that Lee is the bad guy, it's not a surprise. It's just a constant mind game with a very interesting climax and denouement. This book is not for the faint at heart, but I would recommend it as an excellent thriller to anyone who loves a great, suspenseful novel.
Addicted to Audible!
I don't understand the hype on this book. I generally have no problem following audio books that have complicated plots- but with this one I was totally unable to follow the story. The constant volley between past and present with a reader who really didnt change intonation was just too confusing to me. I listened to an hour then started over, listened to it again for another hour and started over and then decided it was not worth any more of my time. The character was hard to relate to and unlikeable and the plot simply boring. I do NOT recommend wasting your credits on this one.
this is a great story. I felt for the characters right from the beginning. The reader does a great job. I highly recommend this book to anybody.
All the moments where good. I liked the jumping back and forth between the "before & after"
Kathrine / Kathy.
Highly recommended by an avid reader
Lover so music and books.
I must admit the book was off to a slow start; however I am glad I hung in there. I was surprised by the ending and happy it ended the way it did.
I read some of the other reviews on here but was still surprised by this book. It was not at all what I expected. If I realized what it was about, I wouldn't have downloaded it. That being said, as disturbing as it is, I had a very hard time putting it down. The narration was excellent and it was a good story. If the "50 Shades of Grey" series is anything like this, I'm definitely going to skip it. If you enjoy book about spousal abuse this book is for you. Otherwise, I would skip it.
I didn't expect to like this book at all, and would not have gotten it if it weren't on sale. For one thing, the subject matter of an abused OCD whom no one believes is unpleasant if not haunting. Then, when I started listening, I was sure I didn't like the female narrator, Karen Cass, who sounded like a brainless wonder with a British accent.
In fact, I was haunted, until I finished it. It was an incredible story, perfectly narrated by Cass, who managed to show innocence, vulnerability, reason and strength somehow all the time. In spite of it being the most frightening thriller I had read in a long time, I could not stop listening. Cass's "dumb blond" voice didn't annoy; rather it became the only voice of reason in the story. And, she was stronger than I would have thought possible--stronger than I would have been under her circumstances.
But the real heroine was the author, Elizabeth Haynes, of whom I have never heard, but will certainly look into. She didn't "tell" the story, she literally placed the reader or listener in the situation. I found myself holding my breath when Cathy did, and felt myself wanting by comparison. It truly was haunting--I have had nightmares ever since starting it--but wouldn't have stopped listening for the world. There were no unnecessarily gruesome descriptions of anything, they just happened. I have read and listened to way too many novels that depended on the drawn-out gratuitious violence in horrific and continuous detail. This was more compelling because you felt it all.
It really makes a case for not dismissing the fears of people who seem to fear all the time. The fact that they display OCD symptoms does not make the performance of the checking and double-checking wrong or misguided. It may be that they have a reason to be fearful and simply can't depend on someone else to protect them--or believe them. The quirk has a root, and the root may have merit.
The story's switching from the dark past (2004) to the "present" (2008) was a bit confusing and even annoying at first. But the parallels soon became evident, as did the necessity of this type of very effective presentation.
A truly must-read, even for the feint at heart. It is a magnificent story of the triumph of the human spirit and one's ability to dispel "ghosts" literally without any help or support other than her own sense of reason and conviction.
Well written and narrated!
Suspense from start to finish!
The characters were well written and developed.
Thrill ride of the year!
What a thrilling and spine-tingling ride! The narrator is perfect, expressing all the emotions, fears and resulting Obsessive Compulsive behaviors of Cathy as she tries to recover from the extreme, near death treatment she has suffered from her tormentor and stalker.
The story builds and little by little the full extent of the horror Cathy endured is teased out for the listener.
This story kept me wanting more every minute!
If you liked the movie Sleeping With The Enemy, I believe you will like this book. It is a spine chilling psychological thriller that kept me awake at night and had me checking the door locks. Although some reviewers found the switching between two time periods confusing, I believe Elizabeth Haynes handles the movement between past and present well. The suspense in each period adds to the other, resulting in a story of rising tension. This book is well researched and gives good insight into PTSD and OCD as a result of domestic violence. The strength of the writing and dialogue ensured I found the characters believable. Into The Darkest Corner is a dark and twisted tale. It contains profanity, violence and some moderately graphic sexual content. If these things bother you, then this is not the book for you. The narrators were good, I found them easy on the ear though not the best I've ever heard. I recommend this book and in fact this author. I have since listened to two more of her books and enjoyed both of them.
I couldn't get enough of this book! I added it to my Kindle so that I could read it and listen to it. What an interesting concept.