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)
The story trajectory is set up in the first few chapters, so there is no major reveal to keep you on the edge of the seat. The author keeps it interesting with character development and story details. It's not perfect - the main character's mental health changes were implausible and overdone - but I found it an enjoyable and intelligent book overall and recommend it.
I listened to the sample of this book..knew the readers were of british decent. I read the story line for this book and I understood that too. But when you actually have those voices in your ear, actually wanting it to delve a little deeper into the book, even at the beginning, just to understand the basic premise..well this wasn't for me. I wasn't exactly lost from the word go, but I had a hard time focusing, and they do call things names that Americans aren't familiar with and have a different way of a justice system. Which I am assuming was the beginning of the book. The male reader wasn't too bad, I probably could have gotten used to him but the female narrator grated on my nerves. Her portrayal of the OCD Catherine...ugh. I honestly did not get past chapter 3, so I can't really give the story any real mark but out of good faith did give it 2 across the board. Maybe other listeners liked this book, but think you have to like THIS particular kind of story and I thought I did. This is my genre. But I will gladly exchange this one without wanting to keep it in my library. Kudos to you if you can get into this one.
Well written thriller. You start to question everything and everyone. Keeps you guessing until the end. The author did a great job jumping from past to present. Could have been confusing but was not. High hopes for more from this author.
It was ok. I listen while I work, so it was time well enough spent. But, it did not make me sit in my car because I could not turn it off like some books I've listened to.
The audible recording is in two parts. The story took almost all of part 1 to develop. In part two we start to get into the "thrilling" parts, but it never did build up as expecting. Part of the story was pretty predictable.
heavy accents, acceptable
I'm not sorry I purchased it, but it did not live up to the reviews I read.
The biggest challenge of the story was to convey the flip-flop between time frames of the story - It was partly told in the past and partly told in the present. I thought that perhaps some voice differentiation, or inflection may have helped to distinguish what was then and what was now. If you happen to miss the date in the intro to a section it could become confusing.
It wasn't the best, but was no where near the worst. It ended up being a pretty light read.
I enjoyed the book overall. The plot was pretty good, the reader was very good, and the ending was consistently satisfying. Of course, it is not easy to read about a woman being abused and not leaving immediately. But our main character was likable, and so I made it through the parts that made me squirm.
I would definitely recommend this book, and I do look forward to the next book that the author writes.
Yes, I felt as if I was living her life and constantly wondering about everyone that came into her life. I felt her terror and waited in suspense with her ont he other side of her door.
The personality behind the words, the life that was ripped from the woman can be heard instead of just read. And once some words are said, they can never be taken away. I felt her pain and understood her complications and truly could see how you could become the person she was.
I understood how broken a person could become after the worst things that could be done to another human were done to her, and knowing that you still have to play the game with your tormentor...so when he beat her and she had to comfort him afterwards...it hit home.
After all the hype, I was expecting more "gripping". The one thing that really didn't ring true was the neighbor that happened to be a psychologist well versed in OCD and that, with all the girls in London he could have dated, he falls for one with so many problems? The last few chapters were semi gripping but I thought the story itself took too long to tell.
I read some of the other reviews on here but was still surprised by this book. It was not at all what I expected. If I realized what it was about, I wouldn't have downloaded it. That being said, as disturbing as it is, I had a very hard time putting it down. The narration was excellent and it was a good story. If the "50 Shades of Grey" series is anything like this, I'm definitely going to skip it. If you enjoy book about spousal abuse this book is for you. Otherwise, I would skip it.
this is a great story. I felt for the characters right from the beginning. The reader does a great job. I highly recommend this book to anybody.
All the moments where good. I liked the jumping back and forth between the "before & after"
Kathrine / Kathy.
Highly recommended by an avid reader
Lover so music and books.
I must admit the book was off to a slow start; however I am glad I hung in there. I was surprised by the ending and happy it ended the way it did.
I feel misled by the critics' plaudits: this book is just dull - any tension there might be is drowned in the interminable detail. Of course, the reality of domestic abuse must consist of a long slow descent to the unbearable - but the way this was strung out over the two time periods - and, worse, the lack of any wit or invention in the language - was just tedious: I got through part 1, then could no longer be bothered. The main character is so vapid that the initial sympathy wanes swiftly. And the narrator does not help: her version of the Lancaster accent simply does not have the depth to convey any real emotion at all. And please , please, Audible - if the vast majority of a book is read in one voice - do not give us a sample in another, vastly more amenable voice, which lasts but the first 15 minutes - even more misleading!
very much worth a credit. twists to the story, great characters especially Lee and Cathy, I did need to go back a couple of times as I thought I'd missed a chuck of the story . It jumps years then back again once you get into the story it makes sense. ending could have been better though.
"Excellent story and top notch narration"
This was a great story that kept me gripped although I felt it was a slow starter. The female narrater was one of the best I have heard. Would recommend
"Helped me with my anxiety"
I've been through a similar experience to Cathy, not quite so brutal but a violent past leading to anxiety and this has actually helped with my thinking patterns.
Thought it just sounded like a good story but a lot of it rang true and I couldn't stop listening!
"Reasonable debut - into a quite dark corner"
This is the first book by this author that I have listened to. I normally like to listen to books in the sequence that they are written, and this was an award winning debut novel, hence the purchase. It tells the story of Catherine and Lee, and does make you wonder what the final outcome will be. In this way, it could be called a page turner I suppose, but the short chapters in alternating time give the story a staccato feeling and I felt that the suspense could have been built up much more. The book doesn't jump around as such - it just alternates between two different years - with a physical book you can easily refer to the start of the chapter - you can't in an audiobook - however it only takes you a few chapters to acclimatise to the pattern. It is more difficult to acclimatise to the narration - a sharp northern accent with little difference (perhaps for my southern ear) between the characters. It gave the story a chick-lit feel instead of the suspense thriller that it is. With two narrators you would expect the narration to be divided on the male and female characters - instead David Thorpe was only used to define a particular scene, with perhaps >90% being narrated by Karen Cass. It was clear enough - and the story was told in the 1st person - I just feel that it could have been better. I didn't find the swearing or the violence to be excessive, and felt that it was in keeping with the storyline/characters.
The story did seem a little long at the start, but fortunately there was no as much repetition as there could have been (you will know what this means when you hear the story) and it flowed quite well despite my earlier comments. The story was good enough for me to think that I will try another one from this author, but I personally would not rate it as a prize-winner - just as a good debut novel.
Started a bit slow! Kept me until the end, easy to listen too and not a bad story. Bought as a deal of the day so satisfied
"an interesting listen"
read this book years ago, really good to listen to a 2nd time around, well read and enjoyable
"Awful - I gave up really early"
The writing was distracting the story disjointed and the accent of the reader off pointing. Sorry but this is the only book I have ever given up on. Not worth the £1.99 daily deal.
Fantastic book, thoroughly addictive, tense and exciting. Beautifully narrated and a very well crafted book.
Oh but the ending left me hanging... I cried out "Nooooo" - a bit devastated it finished. A wonderful and abrupt ending. Thank you, loved this book
"Tense and gripping.."
A well written and performed book which kept me gripped until the very end - an insightful encounter of domestic abuse.
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