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)
Dawnknitella in Oregon
I'll admit - I had to turn this off at one point because I was just too scared to go on. In the end, I persevered because it was a good story. I felt the psyche of an abused woman was well portrayed. Less so for the antagonist, but still there was insight as to why a person would act like that. I also learned something about OCD, which I had never thought could be caused by an event, but it makes sense. There were some poorly edited moments, where you would hear the reader shuffle papers and clear her throat - I guess the editor droned out for a bit and it did put a hiccup in the story line so I gave the performance 3 stars for that, not for the reader, she was fine. All in all an enjoyable listen and worth my credit and time.
This audio was a little confusing at first - going from present to past & back to the present - but I decided to stick to it. I did have to rewind a couple of times (maybe I just wasn't paying attention) but only in the beginning. Once I got into it (or figured out how the author wrote) I was so totally engrossed!!!!! I couldn't wait for the truth to unfold - then I didn't want the book to end! This is a fantasic read!! I will be looking for other books by Elizabeth Haynes
yes, highly entertaining
on the edge of my seat !
Readers who like to hear the F word used as plot, theme and story to excess.
Definitely not, slow and discusses the F word on every 60 second segment.
Narrators are good.
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.
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.
That's how I would describe this book especially the way the author jumps back and forth between past and present. The main character Catherine has been a free spirit with a few quirky hangups all of her life. Then she meets Lee, a handsome charming controlling undercover cop and psychopath. He slowly isolates her from all her friends, then plunges her into a nightmare of abuse and near death. He's put on trial and goes to jail but she is the true prisoner. Trapped in a world she can only cope with through severe OCD measures Cathy finally meet someone who can understand her; Stewart. Slowly Stewart who is also counselor begins to break down the strong steep walls she's built around herself. He introduces her to a friend, a clinical psychologist, who begins to help her find other coping measures to break away from her OCD. And - of course - right when she's making real progress Lee gets out of jail. At first it seems he's going about his own life, then signs start appearing. Small signs only Cathy would notice seem inconsequential to everyone else . As she believe the nightmare is starting over again Stewart gives her a glimmer of hope by believing her. Along with the detective from the 1st case, they work with her; finding out Lee reallyis coming for revenge. The last few chapters are a world wind of nailbiting tension that leave you breathless by the end of the book. This author is wonderful and I look forward to hearing more for work.
Married "mom" of 3 crazy dogs and 1 cat! I developed a love for reading just after college & only recently for audio. Loving it so far!
This book is everything a psychological suspense should be! It is told by the main character, Catherine, in alternating chapters of past and present. If you do not like flashbacks, you won't like this book!! If you don't mind them, this is worth the read. I truly did not want to put it down. It was slow at times, but still kept me reading to see what was going on. It was spine chilling and creepy throughout.... Leaving you questioning who is really good or bad & who is really crazy!!! The ending leaves you gasping for air!!!!!
The time jump format was confusing for a while but it did help the unfolding of the story. The narration is in, what I assume, is its original English form, while the printed book has adjusted words. I loved hearing the narrator. Her reading performance added so much to the story.
This book had everything you could want in a thriller!
The reader was awesome, both were in fact. Five stars across the board! I we we had more books like this one out there to choose from!
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