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
"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)
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.
I would listen to this story again, I couldn't seem to quit listening.
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.
Easy to listen to each of the readers
Right up near the top.
The ending ... a relief!
Not familiar with the narrators.
I was captivated, completely involved and ultimately relieved.
Very different from my usual choice of books, but excellent!
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.
the interesting portrayal of OCD and that I really wasn't sure where t was going to end.
The creepy factor.....I was surprised alot, I liked that.
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.
The story line kept me on the edge of my seat in its entirety.
Catherine. I can relate to what she went through.
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.
Dawnknitella in Oregon
I'll admit - I had to turn this off at one point because I was just too scared to go on. In the end, I persevered because it was a good story. I felt the psyche of an abused woman was well portrayed. Less so for the antagonist, but still there was insight as to why a person would act like that. I also learned something about OCD, which I had never thought could be caused by an event, but it makes sense. There were some poorly edited moments, where you would hear the reader shuffle papers and clear her throat - I guess the editor droned out for a bit and it did put a hiccup in the story line so I gave the performance 3 stars for that, not for the reader, she was fine. All in all an enjoyable listen and worth my credit and time.
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