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)
Yes, the book goes into so much detail about OCD and PTSD that it almost feels real, you really feel for Catherine, to the extent that you could almost feel her fear.
Catherine for her determination from surviving the depths of dispair and hell to come back to the person she is at the end.
Emotion, empathy and suspense.
I would not say I had an extreme reaction, I did laugh and I almost cried. But this book did in my opinion almost perfectly what it is like to suffer OCD and PTSD.
I would recommend this book to anyone suffering OCD or PTSD as a way of seeing that they are not alone and even though this is only a fictional book, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I would also recommend this book to doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists.
I felt there were a few parts in this book that were left out, the abrupt end of one side of the story without what seemed like a logical end.
I can't wait for the next book.
I read, knit and read and knit at the same time thanks to audible!
A GREAT BOOK
I did not have a favorite. I enjoyed all of the characters and how they interacted with each other. There were times that Cathy got on my nerves and other times where I was cheering her on.
I absolutely loved the accent of Karen Cass. It make listening so enjoyable. Usually I have problems when it is a female narrator but not this time.
The entire book moved me. For different reasons at different times. It moved me to anger when Cathy put up with the crap that she did, then it managed to move to to compassion and understanding of why and on to excitement when things were coming to a head!
This was one of the best audio books that I have listened to. I believe it would not have had the same impact on me had I read it in print. The author did a wonderful job of taking up into the life of a person with OCD. She explained how she got there, how the disease was overtaking her life and how she managed to take the steps to overcome it.
All of this was wrapped in a very intense story of abuse, love, trust, betrayal and unexpected humor to break it all up. I highly recommend this book for lovers of psychological suspense.
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
A different narrator
I don't care for books where the reader's have a British accent but I'll listen if it's a good story. However, the British accent with Karen Cass's high pitched squeaky voice was worse than fingernails on a chalkboard.
It jumped around too much in time and I could not make any cohesive sense of it.
Probably not, I did not enjoy her style.
I found I was mixing up the characters all the time, the story was hard to follow
I could only get about halfway through this story, it was too hard to follow. I got bored with trying to make sense of it all and the tedium of the main character's OCD rituals.
I'm not too sure
David Thorpe was fine. Karen Cass did not capture any of the romantic scenes well at all. The scenes of fear were good though.
MANY of the early ones. I understand the author was trying to establish the character's OCD but it didn't have to be dragged out over several events who's significance was only to establish the characters compulsions.
This book could have been much better had it been abbreviated a lot.
The speaker spoke in a strong British accent that I could hardly understand.
The first 2 hours of the book only talked about the character and her OCD behaviors, I fell asleep!
I thought this book would never end! Wasn't worth the time or money. Wish I could send it back.
Not sure--probably not
very slow to get into
there are better books out there
it did get better as the book went along
it's the 1st one i got & would purchase more if i could afford them
not really. i read alot of books like that but its ok cause i liked it anyways
he didnt do nothing. she has a soothing voice & i read to go to sleep so i thought i would try audio & i liked it
when she breaks up w/him but keeps going back for intimate moments
The set-up of the beginning and end is strange, but the story as a whole wasn't bad. The woman narrator does her accents well.
The story went on longer than was necessary. It could have been about a third shorter and still delivered. The plot was good and there were times when I was unsure about exactly who the baddie was, but as i said, it was a bit drawn out.
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