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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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    Daina Krumins New Jersey, USA 09-09-12
    Daina Krumins New Jersey, USA 09-09-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Being paranoid doesn't protect you."
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Darkest Corner the most enjoyable?

    I like the way the main character took charge of her life, although I'm not too sure about the later romantic ending, which didn't seem realistic.She would be more likely to go to India and start am organization to rescue abused women.


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

    Haven't listened to any.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If a film were made, I would wish that the main character were a realistic, not overly beautiful woman. I'm tired of movies where the actor for the female detective has obviously been chosen for her beauty.


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    Charmaine JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 09-08-12
    Charmaine JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 09-08-12 Member Since 2017
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    "AMAZING FORMAT - CLIMAX AND CONSEQUENCES PARALLEL"

    A unique format. A book that develops the climax; demonstrates the impact of events on Catherine - and then follows through on the impact, implications and outcome. Good character development, yet a story-line that became a bit tedious. However, given Catherine's OCD it is understandable that one needed to accompany her through her repetitive checking, re-checking and checking. Even so I was not about to skip a single one of the 120 plus chapters! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought the narration was excellent- and I liked the way the loose ends tied up ever so neatly in the end! Cleverly structured, well organised and refreshingly different. Thank you for an insightful and interesting experience

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    Paul Skayman 09-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Totally absorbing and incredibly disturbing!"
    If you could sum up Into the Darkest Corner in three words, what would they be?

    Chilling, disturbing, believable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the author switched between past and present in order to explain the decline in Cathy and how she ultimately struggled to reclaim her life.


    Any additional comments?

    You'll never see OCD in the same way again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CatManda Cathedral City, CA United States 09-01-12
    CatManda Cathedral City, CA United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldn't Put it Down"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Into the Darkest Corner to be better than the print version?

    I don't know I haven't read the print version


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

    Yes. It took me a few minutes to get the pattern of going back and forth between the past and the present, but I couldn't put the book down and listened to it through an entire day.
    I thought Hayne's description of the OCD behaviors and the PTSD symptoms were very well done and I honestly believe that this book will be helpful to anyone who suffers from OCD and hasn't sought help.


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

    Loved to listen to Karen Cass's narration, I was continually engaged by her chracterizations and accents. Mr. Thorpe was not as prominent in the narrative, but did a fine job as well.


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

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    I am disappointed that she only has one other book and that it has been given a 3 star rating. I will listen to a sample and decide it it will live up to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joanie Bloomfield, NM, United States 08-28-12
    Joanie Bloomfield, NM, United States 08-28-12
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    "Excellent!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Darkest Corner the most enjoyable?

    This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! Wondering will she get this problem under control, will she ever be free, is he going to come back for her? It really opened my eyes to what the after math of something like this can do to someone.


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

    Her checking the doors, windows, drawers everything she checked on a continuous basis, you felt so sorry for her. I knew there was a reason for the checking but didn't know the extent of it and you just cant stop listening.


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

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me thankful for the people in my life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 08-27-12
    Hassan 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book and A GREAT Narrator"

    I loved this book for many reasons.
    1-Great Story
    2-How one person could change completely from normal to a high case of OCD
    3-THE Narrator WAS SOOOOO GOOOOOD. loved the accent and she did a great job in this book.

    and so many other reasons, but its better to grab this book and have a listen to it....

    P.S. focus on the years as you might get confused in the beginning of the book.

    Cheers and Enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mar 08-24-12
    mar 08-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good mystery"
    If you could sum up Into the Darkest Corner in three words, what would they be?

    Dark underbelly exposed


    What did you like best about this story?

    Damaged people can recover, and be stong once again


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    A bit tedious in the beginning, didn't expect the British accents, also the the OCD...But that soon faded as I got into the story. Good story line, lots of suspense, makes one wonder how often this happens in real life.

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    debi 08-24-12
    debi 08-24-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes - it tells abuse as close to real as I ever hear


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

    very well read.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this as it told about abuse in ways that need to be told - it is as if the author actually experienced this...I did not notice if it was a true story or not but it was VERY close to my abuse story.

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    Susan Jordan 08-23-12
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    "Horror of OCD combined w/psycho boyfriend. SPOOKY!"

    Karen Cass' English accent was awesome. I really enjoyed the different vernacular and couldn't stop listening due to the engaging story. The ending was a surprise.

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    Sandra LI New York 08-20-12
    Sandra LI New York 08-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Predictable"

    Everything about this book was pretentious. There was nothing good to say about the heroin who spent her free time after work, hanging out in bars and drinking to excess.
    She met a man who she soon found to be abusive and controlling. Instead of backing away from the relationship, she committed herself, deeper. Knowing he had the means to find her wherever she went, she never had the insight to get the heck out of the country. The fact that even her friends did not support her, should have given her the heads up to get away when she finally had the opportunity. The author spent far too much time in describing the sexual abuse and torture. And, the story did not have to take as many chapters. The first chapter was interesting and then the story went downhill from then on. Instead of being suspenseful; this story was, predictable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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