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Into the Darkest Corner Audiobook

Into the Darkest Corner

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Publisher's Summary

AMAZON BOOK OF THE YEAR 2011

WINNER OF AMAZON RISING STARS 2011

AMAZON EDITORS' CHOICE BEST CRIME NOVEL OF 2011

LONGLISTED FOR CWA JOHN CREASEY (NEW BLOOD) DAGGER 2011

Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell.

But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything.

This is an edgy and powerful first novel, utterly convincing in its portrayal of obsession, and a tour de force of suspense.

©2012 Elizabeth Haynes (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Check the locks on your doors and windows and surrender to this obsessive thriller." (Karin Slaughter)

“This intense, gripping account of domestic violence and its aftermath is utterly unputdownable. A stunning debut.” (SJ Watson)

“From its uncompromising prologue - a young woman being bludgeoned to death in a ditch - Haynes's powerful account of domestic violence is disquieting, yet unsensationalist. This is a gripping book on a topic which can never be highlighted enough.” (Guardian)

“A very impressive first novel. The pain and frustration of OCD is brilliantly evoked and I winced every time Cathy embarked on yet another ritual. The contrast between Cathy's two lives is cleverly drawn and the hesitancy in her new relationship is very believable. This is a fantastic personal read with plenty for a reading group to discuss.” (NewBooks Magazine)

“Within ten minutes I couldn't put it down. I've always said that I would never be caught in an abusive relationship, as I'd be out of it at the first sign of a problem but after reading this book I realised that it really isn't that simple. There's a superb picture of the burdens of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). It's not enough to check once that the door is firmly locked. What if you didn't lock it properly? There's real dramatic tension in this book and when I got to the end the first thing that I did was to turn back to the beginning again.” (The Bookbag)

“A tense and thought-provoking début novel with dark moments. Its portrayal of obsession is one that will send a shiver down your spine and you'll hope that you are never in that position. But don't look for a "pat" ending - it seems that things never end the way one hopes! This début novel by a police intelligence analyst is certainly well worth the read.” (Shotsmag)

“Our South coast-based book group had been starved of a good book for a month or two, so it was with some excitement that we stumbled across the buzz on Twitter about Elizabeth Haynes' compelling debut novel Into the Darkest Corner. Thankfully starvation swiftly changed to gluttony when we got our hands on the book, as this is a compulsive thriller with sufficient twists and plot turns to keep the most action-avaricious of readers satisfied.” (Bookgroup.info)

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    Mariel newark, NJ, United States 06-26-12
    Mariel newark, NJ, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2010

    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!

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    "Wonderful Thriller!"
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Darkest Corner the most enjoyable?

    I think both narrators were fantastic in describing their feelings when reading the book, it made it feel like they were actually there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how Cathy always kept true to herself and that she never was brainwashed by him.


    What does David Thorpe and Karen Cass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think just the way they connected in reading the novel was wonderful. I could tell that they really felt passionate about their characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes! It was very intriguing since the beginning.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Roslyn Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada 06-25-12
    Roslyn Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada 06-25-12 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    "Strangely compelling"
    Where does Into the Darkest Corner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    slightly above the middle of the pack


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, but I was curious and finished the book in two days. I enjoyed it.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Abuta-gun, Japan 06-24-12
    John Abuta-gun, Japan 06-24-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Best I have listened to for a while"

    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.

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    Tori G. 06-21-12
    Tori G. 06-21-12
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    "Audible fanatic...because i'm a truck driver"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Thorpe and Karen Cass ?

    Maybe not Karen if she had to do an accent!


    Was Into the Darkest Corner worth the listening time?

    Yes, but the narration made it difficult.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bethany Huntsville, AL, United States 06-20-12
    Bethany Huntsville, AL, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I was hooked!!"
    Would you listen to Into the Darkest Corner again? Why?

    I would listen to this story again, I couldn't seem to quit listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    She was a normal girl, could have been any of my friends and she got in over her head! But she persevered and kept going.


    What about David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to each of the readers


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    Judith 06-17-12
    Judith 06-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Psychological journey into the Darkest Corner"
    Where does Into the Darkest Corner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up near the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Darkest Corner?

    The ending ... a relief!


    Have you listened to any of David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not familiar with the narrators.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was captivated, completely involved and ultimately relieved.


    Any additional comments?

    Very different from my usual choice of books, but excellent!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alissa 06-15-12
    Alissa 06-15-12
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    "Fantastic"
    What did you love best about Into the Darkest Corner?

    Speechless. A bit of therapy, reality, and everyday British living. Please write more.


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    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 06-15-12
    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2016

    jricci

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    "Excellent thriller!"
    Where does Into the Darkest Corner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a really great listen. Not my favorite genre, but the story kept my attention and the narrator was soooo wonderful to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the interesting portrayal of OCD and that I really wasn't sure where t was going to end.


    Have you listened to any of David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The creepy factor.....I was surprised alot, I liked that.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Editor 06-13-12
    Ms Editor 06-13-12
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    "Hard to read yet a page turner"

    Well written and well portrayed by the narrator(s). Rarely do I lose track of time but I found it difficult to stop listening. I like that her recovery wasn't rushed and wasn't easy, but wish there was a more definitive ending. I presume the author didn't want complete closure.
    Lynda

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    clarissa hoffmann Rochester, mn 06-12-12
    clarissa hoffmann Rochester, mn 06-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great read"
    What did you love best about Into the Darkest Corner?

    The story line kept me on the edge of my seat in its entirety.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catherine. I can relate to what she went through.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Admittedly, at the start of the story it was a bit confusing with the two different timelines that included all of the characters going at the same time. You really had to take note of which year the dialogue took place in. Also, at the end during the trial, it was even more confusing. It was like the narrator was reading from a script word for word saying each characters name just before reading each of their dialogue.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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