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Into the Darkest Corner Audiobook

Into the Darkest Corner

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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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    Vonda Madison, AL, United States 08-20-12
    Vonda Madison, AL, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A gripping psyche rush!"
    If you could sum up Into the Darkest Corner in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping Psyche Rush


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

    The plot is revealed like two trains headed for a collision! You can see it coming, know it will happen, but can't scream.


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

    I love the inflection & accents)


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

    The moment Kathy decided to face her fears:)


    Any additional comments?

    In addition to being a page turner, it offered insight into abuse, OCD, and PTSD.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rlundy upstate new york 08-20-12
    rlundy upstate new york 08-20-12
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    "DIfferent Kind of Thriller"
    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about this story is that it was different then your normal thrillers and it did keep you in suspense.


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

    Very good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 08-08-12
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2015

    I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.

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    "Great potential but way to slow paced"

    I accidentily listened to the second part first without realizing it; I found its concept interesting and some parts were quite intense but the filler was very slow and often rather repetitive. I also found the main character to be a bit of an idiot. Once I got to the end and the next section started to play I became aware of my mistake and did not feel any need to listen to the first half....it would not add a thing.

    The performance was good but I just don't understand this story gets rated so highly. I was often bored.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Tucson, AZ, United States 08-07-12
    Victoria Tucson, AZ, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredibly Good Listen!"
    Any additional comments?

    Although I was initially put off by the time line switches, I barely noticed them by the time I was one-third through the book. The author makes both time lines intensely interesting, so I didn't come to prefer one to the other. I also was not very patient with the initial OCD descriptions, but again, quickly became immune to my initial irritation, and it became fascinating to learn about the subject.

    I don't generally listen to this type of book, but I was quickly grabbed, and when I was unable to listen, couldn't quit thinking about it. I made several excuses to go off by myself so I could listen to more! A VERY satisfying listen!

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    Allison Dillon Nowra, Australia 08-06-12
    Allison Dillon Nowra, Australia 08-06-12
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    "Excellent listen"
    Where does Into the Darkest Corner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. The topic "domestic violence" is difficult to write about and even harder to listen to but the characters were deep and complex. There was believability in the story line.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was believable, challenging and real


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

    No


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

    I found it really difficult to have the violence read to me but it was a very important part of the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rose 08-04-12
    Rose 08-04-12
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 08-03-12
    Anne 08-03-12
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    "A disappointment after fabulous Press reviews"
    What did you like best about Into the Darkest Corner? What did you like least?

    A great opening couple of chapters, but then ......
    I had read glowing reviews of this novel, but did not enjoy this audio book I’m afraid (or, rather, I’m NOT afraid enough!). It probably didn’t help that I disliked all of the main characters, and the overdetailed description of the symptoms of OCD became boring. And I found Elizabeth Haynes’ writing style very weak – perhaps because I’d just experienced the unparalleled Kate Atkinson’s wonderful prose, so the comparison was probably unfair! I think I was just too irritated by these aspects of the book to find the “edge of the seat” tension, and the chilling terror that some reviews mentioned, but I seem to be in the minority on that score. I should mention too that there is some pretty explicit language during the descriptions of the heroine’s sex life, but some of these descriptions are also quite humorous too (unlike the disturbing descriptions of the domestic violence).


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My next listen will be the latest Nicci French story because I have enjoyed all of the previous books.


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

    David Thorpe doesn't have a huge amount of narration in this book, but when he did appear he was excellent.
    The narrator, Karen Cass, has a wonderful voice & has brought to life many other readings, but her Lancashire accent during “Into The Darkest Corner” soon grated (my family origins are in that part of England, so perhaps I’m hypercritical !).


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

    I would probably go & see a movie of this book, because the plot has great potential for "suspense".


    Any additional comments?

    Not a winner with me, but try it for yourself and see if you are as gripped by it as many other readers have been – it is such an uncomfortable topic that opinions on it will obviously be very personal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 08-02-12
    Ruth Myrtle Beach, SC, United States 08-02-12
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    "Way Too Long!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe, I found that I didn't really care about the characters near the end.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought it was very disappointing. Could have been much more suspenseful leading up to the ending. Naomi definitely could have been brought into the story line more then she was, and Lee could stop crying. There were too many sex scenes, which is not nesscessarily bad, but I think the author used them as filler.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Thorpe and Karen Cass ?

    Yes definitely.


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

    Not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author got the OCD characteristics perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate J. Copley Georgetown, Cayman Islands 07-30-12
    Kate J. Copley Georgetown, Cayman Islands 07-30-12 Member Since 2016
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    "I was a carefree partygoer. Could have been me!"
    What does David Thorpe and Karen Cass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They brought the characters to life - very believable.


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

    Yes, but easy to pick up again if you didn't have a chance to listen to the whole thing


    Any additional comments?

    As the book progressed - I found it harder and harder to put it down! (or turn it off!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie San Diego, CA 07-29-12
    Stephanie San Diego, CA 07-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Slow Paced and Predictable"

    Frankly, I was so worn out by the descriptions of OCD behavior I could hardly focus on the story. I kept saying to myself "enough already, let's move on with the story!" It isn't a bad story, it just goes on too long. Despite my conviction that it could have used a LOT of editing, I did listen through the entire book. The writing was decent enough, but the ending was predictable...something I would have forgiven if I had invested about half as much time in the story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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