Highly intelligent but socially inept, Colin spends his free time collecting academic qualifications and searching for ways to meet women, until he stumbles upon a new technique that proves both potent and deadly. Police analyst Annabel is shocked when she discovers a decomposing body in the house next door and realises that no one, including herself, noticed her neighbour's absence. At work she finds data showing that such cases are frighteningly common in her own town and sets out to investigate, convinced she is on trail of a killer.
About the Author
Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst. She started writing fiction in 2006 thanks to the annual challenge of National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) and the encouragement of the creative writing courses at West Dean College. She lives in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son. Her first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was the winner of Amazon's Rising Stars and has been translated into 30 languages. Her second novel, Revenge of the Tide, was published in March 2012.
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"It's hard to put the uniqueness of Elizabeth Haynes' writing into words. Her stories grip you by the throat and force you to acknowledge that this is what real crime and real horror look and feel like, as well as real love, hope, fear. Suddenly, much of the other crime fiction you've read seems, in comparison, rather like stories made up by writers. Haynes is the most exciting thing to happen to crime fiction in a long time." (Sophie Hannah)
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"Disturbing and absorbing"
In the beginning of the book I had some sympathy for Colin who first appears to be a man who is socially awkward and a bit out of step with the society in which he lives. However, as the book progresses and we continue to share his thoughts and motivation I came to realise that I was being treated to a look into the inside workings of a truly disturbed mind; a man who preys on severely depressed people. Far-fetched? No, having suffered depression myself in the past, I found it only too plausible. The narrator successfully finds different voices for the main characters and paces the reading well. If you like crime fiction then give this one a try - if you dare!
"Pretty good story let down by a dreadful reader"
This audio book underlines how important the reader is and in this case the
reader lets it down completely by making one of the pivotal characters sound like an asinine chump.
"DEATH BY READER"
I am not sure how good this book is as it was murdered by the reader. This book has many voices and for me, this reader seemed incapable of more than one. I googled the reader and discovered she is LAMDA trained which I find interesting. Maybe this book's delivery is not her fault, maybe its the director who is to blame but the flat unvaried delivery meant I found the book irritating and unlike me, unable to listen to the end.
"Not finished it - not sure I want to"
Like another reviewer, I feel this book is not enhanced by its narrator and I agree that at some moments I have wondered if it is meant to be a comedy or spoof. I am about half way through but I find it difficult to follow, and the change between voices (of the narrative) confusing because there is little change in the voice of the reader. I wondered if this book would be better read - but someone else seems to have tried that too and thought the audible version better. I may persevere just because I hate leaving books unfinished - even poor ones.
"Spoilt by appalling narration"
Elizabeth Haynes 'Into the darkest corner' is my best ever Audible listen, so it's a huge shame that this, her third novel, is practically unlistenable, wholly due to Karen Cass' appalling narration. This is a novel of many voices and in this narration they are all read by Karen Cass. The voice of Annabel is fine, however the other character's voices are laughable. The use of multiple narrators would work perfectly for this novel, so I'm not sure why this was not done. As I am unable to read at the moment I feel very angered that so often the books I long to read are being spoilt by such poor narration.
"Was this a comic novel?"
I was never sure whether this was supposed to be a thriller or a comic story, mainly due to the reader's representation of Colin's voice. I know it is not easy for a woman to do a male voice and vice versa but plenty other readers manage quite well. I am still not sure what the intention of the author was. And I am afraid I am unlikely to buy another book with main male characters read by Karen Cass
"menacing and plausibly scary. Great characters."
My first Elizabeth Haynes, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I found myself very curious about the characters, including the enigmatic Policeman..
Was left wanting more, so although the story was concluded, was there a whiff of more to come?
"Was going to give this 2 stars"
This book won a last minute extra star for the ending but up till then it was a great disappointment.
I was going to give it only 2 stars which I awarded for the authentic police background and for creating the criminal mind of Colin. No more because the book is dragged down by a totally inadequate narrator. Unfortunately the book is structured as a stream of consciousness from two main characters - male and female - and a string of minor characters. The narrator has only one voice for all the female voices and one, only slightly different voice, for all the male characters. To make things worse the author also appears to use identical phrasing and speech patterns for everyone regardless of age, background and gender. Maybe if I had read rather than listened to the book I would have enjoyed it more as I could have created different "voices" for myself. As it was only the dreadful weather outside meant that I kept picking it up again after vowing I just couldn't be bothered to carry on. The ending redeemed the book a little and so I have grudgingly given it 3 stars.
"For me ....Dull and uninspiring."
This was a story I simply could not get into...it was slow to ignite anything in my imagination and seemed to be more about little stories rather that a bigger picture about remains found in the house next door, I could not bring myself to continue to the end of the book.
Mmmmm, maybe part of the reason I could not get on with this story was the way it was read...
It would be difficult to suggest cutting scenes as there appeared to be too many, it would be better to suggest that the story should not have drifted so much..?
"Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes"
Yes. I'm sure I missed some points.
Annabelle. She had a load of courage under her socially awkward personality.
The narration was excellent and the portrayal of the various characters sounded very authentic.
Yes - but I don't want to give it away.
I listen to and read a LOT of horror/thrillers, as well as watching horror/thriller movies of a range of quality, and this is by far the most disturbing book I've listened to. But it kept me captivated from start to finish. Not for the squeamish, but wow - brilliant!
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