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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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    Kathy Littleton, CO, United States 08-08-12
    Kathy Littleton, CO, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "OK, but not the "thriller" I was expecting..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    What three words best describe David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s performance?

    heavy accents, acceptable


    Was Into the Darkest Corner worth the listening time?

    I'm not sorry I purchased it, but it did not live up to the reviews I read.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dottie B. Washington DC 08-08-12
    Dottie B. Washington DC 08-08-12 Member Since 2006

    Dotdumdum

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    "A good listen and a pretty good story too"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Huntington Beach, CA, United States 08-04-12
    Rose Huntington Beach, CA, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "HOLY CRIMONY! This Was So Disturbingly Good!!!!!!"

    I literally just finished this...Seriously, what an intense story!! I had no idea what this story was about when I purchased it. I hadn't heard any of the "Hype", so went in with a free head. I'm kinda speechless, to be honest with you... Very well written and well read. An emotionally draining read, so be prepared, however spot on with the subject matter. I don't know anything about the author, but I do hope she wasn't drawing from first hand experiences!
    The story is told by the "Victim"...leaping between past and present, finally converging to a dramatic ending and complete resolution.
    I am usually not into this type of "Lifetime for Woman Channel" subject matter, however this was so well done and "real"...
    One thought I had, while reading this, was I wonder what Male Readers think of this story and what emotions it brings out in them. I imagine it would be a whole different read for men, then woman.
    I look forward to reading reviews from a man's perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate LEESBURG, VA, United States 06-21-12
    Kate LEESBURG, VA, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Inside the mind of an abused woman"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 06-28-12
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 06-28-12
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    "A well done disturbing novel."

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Petra Mentor on the Lake, OH United States 07-15-12
    Petra Mentor on the Lake, OH United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2007

    Book Crazy

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    "could not turn it off"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Darkest Corner?

    All the moments where good. I liked the jumping back and forth between the "before & after"


    Which character – as performed by David Thorpe and Karen Cass – was your favorite?

    Kathrine / Kathy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    For sure


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended by an avid reader

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-09-12
    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Lover so music and books.

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    "Great Book!!!"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 11-10-13
    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2011

    Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!

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    "Gripping Psychological Thriller"

    We are first introduced to Lee when we see him pleading guilty to abusing and stalking a woman, in the courthouse. Haynes then skips back in time to when Lee and heroine Catherine meet.

    Catherine and Lee have a wonderful new relationship. Although his 'work' has perplexing hours, and Catherine doesn't know why he won't tell her more about it, he otherwise seems like the perfect guy. He is dashing, handsome, and he truly cares about her. Catherine's friends are over-the-top jealous and they believe, as she does at first, that she's caught the perfect fish.

    As Catherine and Lee's relationship progresses, Catherine begins to get a little edgy. Lee starts to be very controlling and then he gets to the point where he is stalking Catherine. He then begins to abuse her in many gruesome ways. Catherine cannot believe that she's let herself become 'one of those women' who allows for things like this to happen. Her friends shame her for breaking up with Lee, because he's a charmer and talks to them about his broken heart. As abusers often do, he projects Catherine as the horrible person and himself as the one who's just trying to do the best thing.

    The book is a psychological thriller with a deep tension. It's sort of different because we already know that Lee is the bad guy, it's not a surprise. It's just a constant mind game with a very interesting climax and denouement. This book is not for the faint at heart, but I would recommend it as an excellent thriller to anyone who loves a great, suspenseful novel.

    5 stars

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Narelle Narrabundah, Australia 06-30-12
    Narelle Narrabundah, Australia 06-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story"

    This was a great story with lots of twists and turns. The characters were very believable.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Ithaca NY USA 06-07-12
    Anne Ithaca NY USA 06-07-12 Member Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Predictable..."

    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"

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Emma
    essex, United Kingdom
    3/26/12
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    "Gripping"

    I was unsure what to say in this review. To say I enjoyed listening to this seems wrong somehow, yet I really did enjoy it. At times it had me in tears and is quite harrrowing in places, especially thinking about the thousands of people going through abuse like this every day. I am not sure it really needed the two narrators as I thought the main one was very good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gill
    sabden, United Kingdom
    1/2/14
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    "Negative comments not merited, I loved it!"

    I loved this book. The story was gripping and was just graphic enough in detail to make it real. The swearing was needed to keep the edge and reflect the aggression. I particularly liked the use of the different dates and the different style used for the court case at the end. I certainly dont agree it was confusing. Given the varied quality of audio books I thought the negative reviews are not at all merited.

    If I had a complaint it would be the Lancashire accent which sometimes missed but it was good enough. But then I do have a true Lancashire accent!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alex J. Littlewood
    Bradford
    11/28/13
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    "Another cracker from Elizabeth Haynes"
    Would you listen to Into the Darkest Corner again? Why?

    The story is one that captivates you from the off. A story that can and has happened in real life and the characters each bringing their own slant to the story. True life situations especially those suffering from OCD will relate to aspect of the book. A must read for all fans of the genre


    What other book might you compare Into the Darkest Corner to, and why?

    Cant say ive read one with a similar story but recommendations would be Human Remains also by Ms Haynes which had me hooked from start to finish


    Have you listened to any of David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Karan Cass twice before and she gives a flawless performance in this book with accents and variations for each character. David's performance is similar although his part is smaller that that of Ms Cass


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Danger lurks around every corner, so check it six times


    Any additional comments?

    I would urge you to read Human Remains by the same author. First class read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    BASINGSTOKE, United Kingdom
    10/18/13
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    "well im enjoying it!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    no


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    would not have changed it.


    What aspect of David Thorpe and Karen Cass ’s performance might you have changed?

    karens tone grated a little, but not enough for me to switch off.


    Did Into the Darkest Corner inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    only reason for me to comment is that i thought all the negative reviews were not justified.Its not the best audio download I've ever listened to, but its certainly not the worst either.Also made me aware of the serous ramifications of domestic violence.Im 'mid listen' at the moment, and have no intention of not completing the book.Well done Elizabeth Haynes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay
    St Sampsons, United Kingdom
    10/8/13
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    "Utterly Compelling listening"
    Any additional comments?

    I found this book extremely gripping and tense, and the author managed to keep the tension going by the clever use of past and present tense. As soon as I'd finished it I wanted to listen to the opening paragraphs again. The difficult subject matter was handled intelligently, and I was never irritated by Catherine's compulsions. It was really hard to believe this character would get the 'happy ever after' we so wanted for her... but I won't spoil it for you!
    Took it on holiday, and consequently barely spoke to my poor husband for the first two days, as I couldn't stop listening until I knew the outcome for Catherine.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Clodagh
    leixlip, Ireland
    5/5/13
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    "Amazing!"

    I strongly recommend this audio book. It was captivating from beginning to end. An absolute delight to listen to

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gloria
    Didcot, United Kingdom
    3/7/12
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    "Into the darkest corner"

    This was a very good book well written and very well read. If I have one critiscism it is that too many four letter words were used. I have no objection at all to strong language in fact it makes the story and characters more believable but in many cases less is more.However, I will watch with great interest for the next novel from this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mandie
    United States
    3/18/12
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    "Good Story Spoiled"

    Overall I almost enjoyed this book, but the strong desire to turn off happened more than once. The two different narrators was confusing especially when at one moment Sylvia was being done in a woman's voice and I knew who she was, to being done in a man's voice during the chapters done in court. Also the constant naming of who was speaking every time the character changed in the court chapters was just simply annoying, we should not need "Miss Bartlett", "Mrs Scott" etc etc before every sentence to know who was speaking, the narrator should be able to convey this. Not sure why the narrator changed, would have been preferable for the female narrator to continue throughout the whole book. I also found the great overuse of the "F" word thoughout the book completely unneccesary. I could see the point in the darker sides to the story but at the beginning and throughout most of the book, using bad language was not required. All in all I persevered to the end of this book but would not recommend unless you had nothing better to listen to.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine
    Kirkcaldy, Fife, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "exellent book"

    I loved this book. the author really built the suspense up throughout starting with seemingly innocent events happening to the main character by her new boyfriend which she shrugged off and made excuses for until she was totally under his control. I also loved how the book was split into alternative chapters four years apart, telling of her life from when she first met him to a few years later trying to move on and come to terms with the hell he put her through. highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roisin
    Wellington, New Zealand
    3/17/13
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    "Elizabeth Haynes is ALL STARS"

    I am falling in love with this writer. She writes contemporary fiction with a real twist, i.e., not your standard dribble. This book is full of suspense. The research into her characters was excellent and I really believed in the characters although sometimes it was a little uncomfortable for my tastes but for this writer I will persist. Loved Revenge of the Tide too even more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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