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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Marijane
  • Milton, DE, United States
  • 07-12-12

Not as great as the hype.

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.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Bob
  • North Lauderdale, FL, United States
  • 06-28-12

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

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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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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Couldn't wait to listen each day!

Interesting novel but difficult to listen to in some areas due to the violence. I've read some gruesome books but this was a situation all too real for some women. I enjoyed learning about OCD and the root cause in this particular case but the length was a bit long. In written form or audible, I think most will fast forward. Loved the characters and and the main narrator was fabulous. A couple of twists I enjoyed as well!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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LOVED IT TREMENDOUSLY!!!!!

If you could sum up Into the Darkest Corner in three words, what would they be?

Well written and narrated!

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

Suspense from start to finish!

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

The characters were well written and developed.

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

Thrill ride of the year!

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  • Narelle
  • Narrabundah, Australia
  • 06-30-12

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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  • Mariel
  • newark, NJ, United States
  • 06-26-12

Wonderful Thriller!

What made the experience of listening to Into the Darkest Corner the most enjoyable?

I think both narrators were fantastic in describing their feelings when reading the book, it made it feel like they were actually there.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how Cathy always kept true to herself and that she never was brainwashed by him.

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

I think just the way they connected in reading the novel was wonderful. I could tell that they really felt passionate about their characters.

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

Oh yes! It was very intriguing since the beginning.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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Great Story

I did not like the back and forth style of story telling, thats the only reason that I did not give this 5 stars. Very realistic and very well fleshed out.

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  • Jo London
  • 05-21-15

Great Read

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • By Petra C
  • 03-25-15

brilliant, gripping , unbearably tense!

loved it so much, well written, characters very real, absolutely unbearable near the end, but so very good!

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  • Megan Hodgkins
  • 03-21-15

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-20-15

Very good

Enjoyed this book. The writer gives an insight into domestic abuse like I didn't expect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • maggie57
  • 01-24-15

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.

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  • Amanda
  • 01-14-15

Couldn't stop listening

Really enjoyed this book. Well written and a really good story. Will read/listen to more from Elizabeth Haynes. Recommend

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  • MAGGS
  • 01-07-15

Good read great narration

Would you try another book written by Elizabeth Haynes or narrated by David Thorpe and Karen Cass ?

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

Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth Haynes? Why or why not?

No because the other one I read before rereading this one was horrid

Did David Thorpe and Karen Cass do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Definately

Do you think Into the Darkest Corner needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Doormouse
  • 01-07-15

Gripping to the last sentence

Listen to this on audible and couldn't turn it off. The two parallel story lines worked well together and kept the tension going throughout.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sally
  • 04-14-14

Bit too brutallyexplicit for me

I thought the story content was very well decribed, having had a friend with OCD I know how accurate it was. I just found the sexually explicit description a bit too much. Possibly because it was read by a woman so nonchalently, I appreciate the subject matter required descriptions of violent sex, but I really don't want to hear it., so it was a bit of an uncomfortable listen for me.
I didn't finish it because of that, because you know who did what to whom from the outset I felt no need to put myself through it... sorry
IF you want to hear how people suffer with OCD it is very well decribed though!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nikola
  • 06-21-13

Story so-so, performance blah

What disappointed you about Into the Darkest Corner?

Performance, performance, performance!

I'm really sorry to say this, but this was the worst listen for me in like ever! It could be it's just me but the readers voice, tone, dialect just didn't fit in at all! I couldn't wait for the story to be over. And then, the story? Just too shallow. I may be spoiled with the kings like King for example but still I felt as if the story wasn't just indepth enough.

Would you recommend Into the Darkest Corner to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Mainly because of the performance.

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

David was fine, as he didn't have all that much (well, actually, very little) text, but Karen - I'm sorry but as I said, it could be just me but her voice, tone, dialect got on my nerves so much I couldn't wait for the story to end.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

It would be good to have excerpts of the more than just one passage of the book so that one would be able to hear more variations of the voice before buying.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful