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)
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.
It took a while to get in sync with the past & present story line flipping back & forth but in the end, it was a predictable tale of obsessed love. The "suspense" was weak, the story dragged on too long while waiting for the "thrill" to arrive.
I wish Audible would allow long-term annual subscribers at least one "do-over" to be able to negate a purchase & find a new audiobook without using a credit. This one would surely qualify for a "do-over"
I found it difficult to associate with any of the characters and, in the end, just skirted thtough the last part.
"One of the few books I've abandoned."
Something - anything - happening before I was 66 chapters in and realized how much time I was wasting.
That there wasn't a story. It came across as chick-lit crossed with a thriller, with the author forgetting to put most of the thriller in. Dull, and very very annoying.
She was given a tedious chick-lit book to narrate, so I don't whether to say that her performance matched the story, and the character is whiny, so that's how she had to play it - but I hated it.
It's very rare for me to give up on a book halfway through, but 66 out of 123 chapters was more than enough.
I rated this book two stars but could not get that to register on rating.
It took me two months to listen to this audio because I kept leaving it down when I got fed up ploughing through it. The story was very drawn out and there was no point where it was believable. All the characters were hard to like and I was cheering when the heroine got finally beaten up. I did not like the narrator as her accent grated. I will steer well clear of this author in future. Qin
Only down fall of listening to the brilliant book is the slight slip up's with narration .
Catherine is Northern and Stewart is from Scotland , switching between accents is not always successful for the narrator.
"brilliant, gripping , unbearably tense!"
loved it so much, well written, characters very real, absolutely unbearable near the end, but so very good!
"Weak start but gets better!"
I nearly gave up on this book a few times in the beginning. I thought not a lot happened for the first 5 hours or so and found Cathy quite irritating! However I am glad I persevered as it got better half way through, the last few chapters in particular I enjoyed. Good ending.
Enjoyed this book. The writer gives an insight into domestic abuse like I didn't expect.
"A powerful story"
Well written book and kept you on the edge all the through. I just couldn't put it down, just when you thought you knew what was going to happen the story took you by surprise. Really felt for Cathy.
"Couldn't stop listening"
Really enjoyed this book. Well written and a really good story. Will read/listen to more from Elizabeth Haynes. Recommend
"Good read great narration"
I read this book original 10 months ago & just read another by Elizabeth Hanes but didn't enjoy the other book, but really enjoyed listening to this book again. Don't be put off by my 3stars I'm quite a mean scorer. Would define artel read another book narration by David & karen
No because the other one I read before rereading this one was horrid
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