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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"Not what I expected!"
It was a very interesting book exploring some very difficult topics. Should we be more interested in our neighbours? Is it acceptable to 'help' someone to end their own life? Difficult topics, and a little dark in places.
"Better listened to than read - that's what I think"
I had already bought this book at a reduced price in e-book form for my Amazon Kindle when I spotted it on the Audible website.
I tend to buy biographies and autobiographies and other nonfiction on Audible but with my monthly credit I have sometimes bought the more expensive fiction - especially when there is three books making up a trilogy by buying one book a month with my credits.
This then is not as expensive as some fictional audio books I have bought.
I don't want to spoil the plot of this book for other readers so not too much here about the story's plot.
The narrator (female) takes the parts of both male and female characters.
The main character is a female crime analyst working with percentages more than criminals or people. She notices a rise in the number bodies being found usually in domestic circumstances where there is no crime suspected. She informs her superiors but no one seems to realise what she is saying. The deceased are not all elderly people.
One night she goes home and her cat decides it wants to go out. It does not come back right away and as she wants to go to bed she goes out to find it. She follows it into the garden next door and notices flies on the window. She knocks on the glass of the door and somehow the glass breaks. She goes in the house and discovers a body. The lady neighbour seems to have sat in her chair and died.
Our narrator goes on to become in their turn, civilian colleagues, police colleagues, friends and acquaintances and others.
These people of course converse with each other too which is where the audio aspect of the book aided my enjoyment of the mystery as it is not always the main character who is speaking.
The person responsible is an acquaintance of an acquaintance who is befriending the lonely and the depressed.
I am going to stop here as I don't want to reveal any more to spoil the story for others.
This book is definitely not for young teens or those of a very squeamish nature and I have to say that I enjoyed it.
"A really nasty story"
This is a very unpleasant story about a very nasty man. I wish I hadn't listened to it.
Maybe I didn't read the blurb correctly, but I found this book to be deeply unpleasant and badly narrated.
"Thought it was awful"
Felt no allegiance to the characters at all, poor ending which fits with the rest of the book. The story is basically about people who have given up the will to live which about sums up my feelings listening to this book.
Obviously the title should have given me a clue but the description and the sample did not prepare me for how gruesome and difficult to listen to this book was going to be. I think the voices did not help either, with all the men sounding the same as the sexual deviant sociopath that was it's main subject.
I felt tainted listening to every part where he was the subject but the story was gripping and the other characters made it good listening, so I continued to the end.
It is a good story, just not to be read when you are unable to sleep at night...it won't help your insomnia!!
"Not for me !"
I have just spent hours listening to this book in the hope that it may get better as the book progressed... how wrong was I... The narration was slow & I found it very tedious, with numerous voices all more or less sounding the same. The actual story in my opinion was a waste of money & has put me off listsening to any more books by this author..
"Gruesome but good!"
REALLY enjoyed this book! Highly recommend, though a bit gross a points, will read another by this author for sure!
This was gripping from the opening chapter, loved the different perspectives given in order to enhance the story. Made the long drive to and from work a pleasure during the dreary winter months. An author I hadn't read before but will most certainly read/hear again. So glad I took a chance from the blurb.
"This was gripping"
I really enjoyed this book it keeps you engaged and has a satisfying climax. First you meet the characters and understand the mundane life of the heroine but soon the weird villain comes into view the excitement rises. This is a teaser which switches from the minds of each key player in turn, delving into their psche, their beliefs, doubts and fears. I could not stop listening!
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