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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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    Ben beverly hills, CA, United States 04-28-13
    Ben beverly hills, CA, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Book lives up to the hype"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catherine for her determination from surviving the depths of dispair and hell to come back to the person she is at the end.


    What does David Thorpe and Karen Cass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion, empathy and suspense.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Just Me NJ, United States 04-27-13
    Just Me NJ, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2007

    I read, knit and read and knit at the same time thanks to audible!

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    "Grabs you by the throat....."
    If you could sum up Into the Darkest Corner in three words, what would they be?

    A GREAT BOOK


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mary Benicia, CA, United States 03-15-13
    mary Benicia, CA, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "High, squeaky voice"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator


    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?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Fort Collins, CO, USA 02-28-13
    Carol Fort Collins, CO, USA 02-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Confusing story"
    What disappointed you about Into the Darkest Corner?

    It jumped around too much in time and I could not make any cohesive sense of it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Haynes again?

    Probably not, I did not enjoy her style.


    Did David Thorpe and Karen Cass do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I found I was mixing up the characters all the time, the story was hard to follow


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristal United States 02-04-13
    Kristal United States 02-04-13

    Juicy Fruit

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    "Good idea, poorly executed"
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Haynes and/or David Thorpe and Karen Cass ?

    Yes


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm not too sure


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

    David Thorpe was fine. Karen Cass did not capture any of the romantic scenes well at all. The scenes of fear were good though.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could have been much better had it been abbreviated a lot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Charlotte, NC, United States 12-12-12
    A. Charlotte, NC, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Worst Audible Purchase I EVer Made"
    What disappointed you about Into the Darkest Corner?

    The speaker spoke in a strong British accent that I could hardly understand.


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Haynes’s story?

    The first 2 hours of the book only talked about the character and her OCD behaviors, I fell asleep!


    How could the performance have been better?

    AWFUL!


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

    AWFUL!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Fargo, ND, United States 09-17-12
    Carol Fargo, ND, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wasted more money"
    What would have made Into the Darkest Corner better?

    I thought this book would never end! Wasn't worth the time or money. Wish I could send it back.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Haynes again?

    Not sure--probably not


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s performances?

    Don't know.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Claremont, California, United States 08-20-12
    Thomas Claremont, California, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Starts very slow, but gets better"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    very slow to get into


    Would you recommend Into the Darkest Corner to your friends? Why or why not?

    there are better books out there


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    it did get better as the book went along


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    not sure


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michele roseburg, OR, United States 08-14-12
    michele roseburg, OR, United States 08-14-12
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    "My darkest corner"
    Where does Into the Darkest Corner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it's the 1st one i got & would purchase more if i could afford them


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

    not really. i read alot of books like that but its ok cause i liked it anyways


    What does David Thorpe and Karen Cass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when she breaks up w/him but keeps going back for intimate moments


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-13-12
    Diane Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting story"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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