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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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    Kenneth Carrollton, TX, United States 06-06-12
    Kenneth Carrollton, TX, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Author needs more research"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Readers who like to hear the F word used as plot, theme and story to excess.


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

    Definitely not, slow and discusses the F word on every 60 second segment.


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

    Narrators are good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is misleading, Katherine Bailey has OCD with sex more than door locks. It is a good example of the decline of literature in western civilization.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like to hear the F word used repeatedly as literary form this book is for you. Save your money and just write the F word about 1000 times.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie A Hawkins Charlotte, NC USA 05-27-14
    Valerie A Hawkins Charlotte, NC USA 05-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I should have returned it!"

    I thought this book was extremely tedious. I hung in there, and hung in there (I just returned a book and was feeling too guilty to return another). The story reached a point where I was finally thinking 'Oh good, it's got to be wrapping up', and I looked at my display and there was 4 hours left to go. EEEK. So skipped the next 3 hours to listen to the end. Didn't seem to miss much. Listening to how this woman checks her door 10 times and then is just not sure if maybe she didn't lock it - over, and over and over again was not enjoyable at all. The performance was great. Loved the accents.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cid LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 05-08-14
    Cid LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Difficult Read"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't get through it. Too many aberrant mental processes and behaviors, kind of torturous to read.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Littleton, NH, United States 05-04-14
    Ellen Littleton, NH, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrifying tale of domestic violence"

    Audible enticed me to try this mystery novel, saying if I loved Gone, Girl, I'd enjoy Into the Darkest Corner.

    Gone, Girl still remains the most shocking mystery novel I've ever read (and I've read/istened to more than I can count). I've yet to find a mystery that beats it -- yet some come close to being nearly as good, and Into the Darkest Corner is a goodie. Is great, actually -- five-star rating, especially for the performance by narrator Karen Cass.

    Cass gives voice to Cathy, the victim, both the confident Cathy that came "before" and the Cathy who, well .... don't want to give any plot spolilers away here. Listeners need to learn Cathy's fate for themselves.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy MAGNA, UT, United States 04-18-14
    Cindy MAGNA, UT, United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It never got slow or boring. Great book to listen to while I spent a day spring cleaning.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense that would mount when Lee moved something inside her apartment and the way he did it subtly so no one would believe her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to say for sure


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a great listen that keeps you interested, this is it. Thought it was great. The narrator was good too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Starlet 02-07-14
    Starlet 02-07-14 Member Since 2013

    100% of the books I read are in audible format. I enjoy reading apocalyptic, WWII, psychology, classics, contemporary and non-fiction.

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    "This kind of Story not usually on my To Read List"

    Don't be turned away by opening chapter(s). It is dry courtroom dialog between defendant and prosecutor but it's an important part of the story to follow. If you enjoy suspense this book will satisfy. I don't usually read books of this genre but it was recommended to me by someone who enjoys the same books I do so I went with it. I'm surprised that I didn't want to read before bedtime but it was in my head and I knew that it wouldn't help for sleep. I don't recall a book that had that effect on me. Or maybe it hits too close to home what could be (for a woman)! I really stretched it out -- it took so long to reach its peak.. since I assigned it to listening to at the gym I really stretched out the pain/pleasure and spine chilling effects. And not the least of it's success is the narration -- just right on spot!

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    Tatia 01-15-14
    Tatia 01-15-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Captivating!"
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    Terrifying, amazing and heart-breaking. A window into a world I am so thankful is not my own.

    The only thing I found a bit confusing was a very small part of the book where there is a court room scene and the narrator is a different person than the majority of the book and they say the person who is speaking, prior to what the character says.

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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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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