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Into the Darkest Corner Audiobook

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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    Nikki 01-19-15
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    "This Book... Not Worth the Time"

    This book did NOT meet my expectations.
    The most memorable part was when the book was finally over and I wasn't in suspense over nothing!

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    w Stulmaker 08-23-14
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    "If you enjoyed Gone Girl......."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Got this book based on a review from another Audible member.
    It got me through an entire day of painting, enjoyably!
    Well worth the listen.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book!

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    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 08-19-14
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    "A good read but too drawn out"
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    Up to a point. It starts out really well but then gets bogged down in interminable details.


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    Amazon Customer WEST JORDAN, UT, United States 08-14-14
    Amazon Customer WEST JORDAN, UT, United States 08-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth a Credit"

    This was a little predictable but an entertaining listen all the same. Haynes does an great job of allowing us to glimpse into the mind of a victim. The ending felt rushed to me and I though she either could of done without the court seen or expanded on it.

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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Sociopaths, etc"

    I love a good sociopath. You will too if you listen to this one. It's not the best relationship-gone-wrong story– it's a bit heavy handed at times and unfolds like a Lifetime movie toward the end, but I enjoyed the ride.

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    Alexander 06-09-14
    Alexander 06-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Lacks depth"
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    This story just lacks depth. If you simply want mystery, it may be fine. I was longing for more layers of meaning, more intelligence or wisdom or humor to come through either the characters or the narrator. Having said that, it was easy to follow. It highlights the issues of OCD, PTSD, and domestic abuse. It may appeal more to younger readers, and this author clearly has a following, judging from the other reviews. The narrators were excellent, especially Karen Cass.

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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 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.

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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.


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    L. N. New Hampshire 05-04-14
    L. N. New Hampshire 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.

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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.

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