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.
I absolutely love audiobooks. There is simply nothing like having someone read you an engrossing story; not to mention you can get things done while you listen. I always have one on the go.
slightly above the middle of the pack
No, but I was curious and finished the book in two days. I enjoyed it.
This had me gripped from beginning to end. I loved the way the author built the story, the characters, and gradually ramped up the suspense. Very believable story and highly recommended.
Maybe not Karen if she had to do an accent!
Yes, but the narration made it difficult.
Karen needs to listen to more Londoners in order to get it right. Her narration was a cross between English, Irish, Jamaican and American..it was disturbing. Here the asserting takes place in London, but her 'accent' is more Irish. She loses her place at one time with the 'accent' completely and it throws me off. I've never strayed from a book I was listening to, but I strayed several times...I have A.D.D., and I pick up on things most others don't...dialects are my thing! And this narration disappointed me.