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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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    AudioAddict 04-23-13
    AudioAddict 04-23-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Interesting and Suspenseful"

    STORY - I really enjoyed this book. The narration jumps back and forth between two timelines which are basically before and after a horrific attack on the main character, Catherine. It is easy to keep track of which timeline you are in because the characters and actions are so different, plus the narrator reads the month and year each time it changes. It's facinating to see party girl Catherine's life before the attack and watch the events unfold that lead to its occurrence, then switch to how her life has changed post-attack and how she fights to live a normal life. The biggest negative to this book is listening to her CONSTANTLY check the doors and locks (due to OCD) in the second timeline. While it's an important part of her personality, it doesn't necessarily make interesting listening time.

    This book has romance but also some suspenseful and painful moments. It is an easy book to listen to -- you don't have to worry about hearing every single detail or trying to keep tons of characters straight in your mind. Good book to clean house or run some errands.

    NARRATORS - I don't know why they used two narrators the way they did in this book. Most is read by a woman with a very charming Scottish(?) accent. The male voice is only a tiny bit at the beginning and then a little at the end of the book for the trial segments. While it was nice to hear a male voice for the lawyers and the judge, it was strange to hear the voice of Sylvia read by a man when throughout the rest of the book she had been read by a woman. Whatever, the narration was good so not a big deal.

    OVERALL - This story has romance, suspense and an interesting perspective of someone who has been through a violent crime. A little tedius for the first few hours but worth it in the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 02-11-13
    Lisa 02-11-13
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    "Glad I downloaded it."
    What made the experience of listening to Into the Darkest Corner the most enjoyable?

    I listen to this book while I clean the house - I actually get excited to clean the house now so I can listen. I love the narrator and I love the story,


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delilah Boston, MA 12-12-12
    Delilah Boston, MA 12-12-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Surprisingly Gripping Without the Usual Tricks"

    I'll admit that I'm normally a sucker for more obvious tropes in my thrillers. With no immediately discernible evil psychopath and no readers claiming it to be disturbingly dark and gory, had this book not been reviewed so well, I may have passed it by. The remarkably believable character development and internal monologues are what immediately grabbed me about Into the Darkest Corner, and the narrator was positively brilliant, a perfect voice for the protagonist.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jami E. Nettles 09-05-12
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    "Spot on pacing makes story really work"

    The story trajectory is set up in the first few chapters, so there is no major reveal to keep you on the edge of the seat. The author keeps it interesting with character development and story details. It's not perfect - the main character's mental health changes were implausible and overdone - but I found it an enjoyable and intelligent book overall and recommend it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 09-01-12
    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Hard time listening from the beginning"

    I listened to the sample of this book..knew the readers were of british decent. I read the story line for this book and I understood that too. But when you actually have those voices in your ear, actually wanting it to delve a little deeper into the book, even at the beginning, just to understand the basic premise..well this wasn't for me. I wasn't exactly lost from the word go, but I had a hard time focusing, and they do call things names that Americans aren't familiar with and have a different way of a justice system. Which I am assuming was the beginning of the book. The male reader wasn't too bad, I probably could have gotten used to him but the female narrator grated on my nerves. Her portrayal of the OCD Catherine...ugh. I honestly did not get past chapter 3, so I can't really give the story any real mark but out of good faith did give it 2 across the board. Maybe other listeners liked this book, but think you have to like THIS particular kind of story and I thought I did. This is my genre. But I will gladly exchange this one without wanting to keep it in my library. Kudos to you if you can get into this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Salt Lake City, UT United States 08-26-12
    Susan Salt Lake City, UT United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Could not stop listening."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Whittier, CA 08-08-12
    Kathy Whittier, CA 08-08-12 Member Since 2015
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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

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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.

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    Kate 06-21-12
    Kate 06-21-12 Member Since 2011
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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.


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    Marijane Milton, DE, United States 07-12-12
    Marijane Milton, DE, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

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  • Saffy
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    12/26/12
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    "Gripping, harrowing and tense"

    This is without doubt the best book I have ever listened to and would highly recommend it. It is a gripping, harrowing, tense listen that portrays the absolute hell experienced by a sufferer of domestic violence. Every time I thought I knew what was happening and where the plot was going there were further surprises. This book completely took over my life for a few days and I absolutely applaud the author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
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    6/15/13
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    "Really slow narrative with poor voice acting"

    To say this book develops slowly is an understatement. There is far too much extraneous detail and Cathy the main character is one dimensional to say the least. It's made worse by the poor voice acting - a Yorkshire accent with more than the occasional Scottish twang. This sadly has been the main reason for me giving up before the end of part 1.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • SarahC1985
    England
    6/24/17
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    "Domestic abuse at its worst"
    What did you like most about Into the Darkest Corner?

    Well, with a book like this, it's quite difficult to find something to, "like" about it. Given the sensitive and very realistic subject matter. However, Haynes writes very well, and once I started reading this, I couldn't put it down. I liked the way the suspense built and built, to an unforgettable climax.


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

    The final scene between her and Lee. I love the expression, revenge is so sweet. I think I relished it almost as much as Catherine did. First time I read that scene, I cheered. Good for her. She stands up in the end and makes herself heard.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I think it's the one I've just mentioned. Also, I enjoyed the way Haynes wrote the abuse slowly building. Just how it happens in real life. But then, Haynes would know that, working for the police.


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

    I cried during some of the most horrific scenes, and I wanted to reach through the book and grab Catherine, pull her out to safety, before giving Lee a piece of my mind. It wasn't really a book with much humour in it. I also didn't like the unrealism of some of the scenes. Her friends turning against her: unrealistic. Them not standing by her, and what they said. Unrealistic.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good read. Although it took me a while to get started, as the subject of this book was close to home for me, as I have been somewhere similar. But in a way, it helped me face my own demons and fears, reminding me I'm far from alone. To anyone who wants a suspenseful, scary, creepy thriller featuring Mr. Evil, but also, well, a good guy not wanting to spoil it, then this book is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs s d beddoe
    5/18/17
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    "great book"

    excellent from beginning to end. not often I listen to a book more then once but this is my second time with this book and enjoyed it just as much as the first.. narrotor was easy to listen to and did a excellent job .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kerrie Young
    Goosemoor, England
    4/25/17
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    "Good story - Awful narration"

    Awful narration by female almost caused me to give up but glad I persevered as the story was good.
    Would listen again if a different narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Nina Fugaccia
    Dundee, Scotland
    4/19/17
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    "Just the right place for this book!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better reader


    What will your next listen be?

    Nothing by E. Heyes


    How could the performance have been better?

    Can't imagine


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I could not get into this book at all. I didn't like the voice nor the style of writing. The main character irritated me from the start. I suppose it could improve later into the book but I just couldn't bear it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marlène
    United States
    1/7/17
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    "Brilliant and scary"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Into the Darkest Corner to be better than the print version?

    No idea, haven't read the written form. The audio form however brings it more character and drama for me. It is probably compared to an audio play as often the readers are actors themselves.


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

    the face to face


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    12/20/16
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    "spectacular reading"

    What a book, couldn't stop listening. I could relate to the character, which is scary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha
    12/15/16
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    "Disappointing and frustrating"

    Well written on the suspense front but around such a weak plot that it was impossible to believe in the behaviour of the main character. I hung in there in case it improved but it became more and more frustrating and frankly annoying...feel like 21 hours was wasted on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    WEST BYFLEET, United Kingdom
    12/2/16
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    "Brilliant and Exciting"

    This book was so good, it kept you guessing and at times frightened. Recommended, Elizabeth Haynes does not disappoint. Good Narrators tool

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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