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Into the Darkest Corner | [Elizabeth Haynes]

Into the Darkest Corner

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.
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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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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 01-02-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 01-02-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Scary dating"

    Having grown up in England, I found this book very realistic when it comes to the characters and interactions between them. This is a cautionary tale about dating and watching out for warning signs. It is easy to see how the main character got drawn into and trapped into the situation she found herself in, and at the same time she didn't act in a silly manner that would annoy the reader.
    The story has a great pace and really makes you want to read on. The use of past/present chapters also adds to the interest as the past unfurls itself and the repercussions are evidenced in the present.
    The ending was a little weak, but the rest of the story was very strong.
    The narrator has a northern English accent and I found her good, but others may not like her accent.

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    Alexandra 12-24-13
    Alexandra 12-24-13
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    "Domestic Violence with a Psycho"

    One of the other reviewers actually captured the essence of this story best of all "An OCD stalked by a Psychopath". The story is a classic one of woman abused, runs away, and never knows when the stalker will appear - however the twist is that the stalker is a psycho. The author really captures how domestic violence is a gradual and ensnaring, so that as it builds the abused does not see the escalation for what it is, and how the abuser is a master manipulator, isolating the abused partner so that she appears to be the crazy- when in fact she isn't. The only complaint I have about this book are that there is far too much detail about sex, that does not really do anything to add to the story, in fact it gets to be too repetitive and irritating - hence the 3 stars.

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    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 12-14-13
    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 12-14-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Definitely a Bit Different"

    Took me a little while to get into this book but enjoyed it after I did. Hard to follow until you pick up on the swing between the two time frames. The reader's accent put me off at first because it was different from the British accents I am used to hearing. Does deserve the four stars!

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    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 12-13-13
    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Sigh.... just not for me. Over 60..."

    This story may be interesting for teens or young dating singles. I absolutely could not enjoy this book after many, many (many.....) attempts. It's silly, sad, dumb and immature.

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    Nicole United States 11-04-13
    Nicole United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable and Spooky"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, you felt the tensions rise and I like the "sliding-doors" (movie) sort of plot of before/after being told at the same time.


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

    No but I love her accent!


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

    I did become attached to the main character. I felt like she could be a friend.


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    Diane North Shore City, New Zealand 07-08-13
    Diane North Shore City, New Zealand 07-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I loved this spine chilling story."
    What did you love best about Into the Darkest Corner?

    I loved the suspense in this novel. It made me check my doors, windows and curtains. The obsessive nature of the main characters was cleverly written and very believable. The domestic violence and stalking seems very real.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose it as it was suggested in the editors choice list and I was not disappointed. I loved it.

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    Kimberly Alexandria, VA, United States 06-26-13
    Kimberly Alexandria, VA, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Wasn't for me."
    What would have made Into the Darkest Corner better?

    I didn't find the characters or the story very compelling.


    Has Into the Darkest Corner turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s performance?

    It was passable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Into the Darkest Corner?

    I wouldn't; I'm not interested in abridged versions.


    Any additional comments?


    None.

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    Mary Washoe Valley, NV, United States 06-18-13
    Mary Washoe Valley, NV, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Come on...."
    What did you like best about Into the Darkest Corner? What did you like least?

    I have gotten 3/4 through this and I suppose I have to complete it at this point. It's a good story, but really, I'm so frustrated. It's like the narrator has never heard of CHANGING THE LOCKS. I mean, she just has to stay with this guy because he won't give her her house key back...?? Absurd!


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    pnette 05-31-13
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    "EXECELANT THRILLER"
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Darkest Corner the most enjoyable?

    This is the best thriller I have ever listened to. Of all the best writers of our day this book by Elizabeth Haynes puts them to shame. I wish this book could be put on the top of everyone's list of must reads.


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

    I could not stop listening on the edge of my seat clear through the entire book. As an avid reader I have not had a book keep me engaged so thoroughly as this story. I will listen to this book many times again. I wanted to jump right into the book and take part in the story.


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

    Karen Cass does an amazing job portraying this woman's story. David Thorpe comes in only when needed which is perfect.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Prepare yourself to forget the popcorn and soda as you will be in the movie yourself.


    Any additional comments?

    I just picked this book out of thin air but I wish I could tell everyone that loves thrilling books to read this one.

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    Teresa ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 05-31-13
    Teresa ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Doomed by lady narrator"

    This might have been a good story, but I was so annoyed with the British accent of the lady narrator I couldn't tell. Between all the "meselfs" and "don't they now"s I could hardly focus on the plot at all. And frankly, I think Catherine was the world's most stupid character - it was like watching a bad horror movie where you know the girl is going to get killed if she goes down in the basement but she goes down in the basement anyway! I might try looking at this one in print and might like it better. Am just amazed at the difference narration can make.

    This is my second British one this month. Audible staff - we aren't all from London! How about cutting back on the British narrators?

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