A detailed account of a true crime incident, and the events that led up to it, but the graphic details of homosexual encounters made for uncomfortable listening at times.
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.
As an expatriate Brit, living in Africa, I LOVED this book for the beautiful descriptions of English village life, the countryside, and the quirky eccentricities of the older generation of English society. A gentle story of love in life’s “Autumn years”, interwoven with the harsher elements of family greed, racial prejudice & snobbery – but with deft touches of humour to lighten the gloom of humanity behaving badly. Beautifully written & a perfect choice of reader – I immediately looked on Audible.com for books featuring the author (none) & narrator (lots – hurray!). Heartily recommended.
An engrossing story of a true crime and its aftermath in the family of the murdered girl. Beautifully read, and a moving tribute to a beloved daughter. I enjoyed every minute of this book - even though it sometimes made me weep.
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