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by Elizabeth Haynes (Author), Karen Cass (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 13 hours and 13 minutes
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  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 14 Feb 2013
  • Language: English
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How well do you know your neighbours? Would you notice if they lived or died?

Police analyst Annabel wouldn't describe herself as lonely. Her work keeps her busy and the needs of her ageing mother and her cat are more than enough to fill her time when she's on her own. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbour's decomposing body in the house next door, and appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed her absence. Back at work she sets out to investigate, despite her police officer colleagues' lack of interest, and finds data showing that such cases are frighteningly common in her own home town. A chilling thriller and a hymn to all the lonely people, whose individual voices haunt the pages, Elizabeth Haynes' new novel is a deeply disturbing and powerful thriller that preys on our darkest fears, showing how vulnerable we are when we live alone, and how easily ordinary lives can fall apart when no one is watching.

About the Author

Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst. She started writing fiction in 2006 thanks to the annual challenge of National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) and the encouragement of the creative writing courses at West Dean College. She lives in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son. Her first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was the winner of Amazon's Rising Stars and has been translated into 30 languages. Her second novel, Revenge of the Tide, was published in March 2012.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Loved it! Another winner from Haynes.

Annabel works as an analyst for the police. She lives with her cat, has no friends and cares for her housebound mother. One night she finds her neighbour's dead body, sat at home, apparently starved to death. Soon after, she notices a pattern of vastly increasing similar suicides in the town, all of lonely and vulnerable people. But this story isn't just about Annabel, it's also about Colin...

I'm trying very hard not to give away vital twists and plot points. I really enjoy Haynes' style, it's crime but not really about the murders. She writes about the victims, the killers, the psychology of it, which to me is much more interesting than a straightforward thriller. We are never in any doubt who the bad guy is, in fact, a proportion of the narrative is his, talking us through his life and what he does. Other reviewers have called him creepy. I loved him! Not that I want to go on a date with him, but I found him a rounded and convincing portrayal of a very intelligent and dangerous psychopath.

The story is rather sad - these vulnerable people are not murdered, in fact the dead narrate their own stories - that people with little support can easily be manipulated and there is no-one to look out for them. It's quite a scary thought.

I loved the structure of this, short chapters narrated by Annabel, the 'killer', the victims.

*SPOILER* I thought it especially clever when Annabel's narrations became those of a victim, this was such a shock (though I could see it coming and got very tense!!), as she'd been so stable and assured until that point.

This isn't quite going to hit the heights of Into the Darkest Corner for me.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
This is the third novel from crime writer Elizabeth Haynes and for me this is her darkest yet. Annabel works as an analyst for the police. She is lonely, with just her cat Lucy for company at home, and a few visits a week to her housebound mum to separate her days. She works hard, and doesn't have any other close relationships, seeing the friendships amongst others at work go on around her without being part of them, feeling rather disconnected.

Having made a grim discovery in the house next door to hers one day, she realises on her return to work that similar deaths are happening in an alarmingly high number in the locality, and takes this information to her bosses at the police station. Why are so many people dying alone at home, not being discovered for some time after their deaths? Though seeming unsuspicious and raising little interest at first- these are deaths after all, not murders, aren't they? - not least a local journalist, Sam Everett.

Through other lonely, troubled voices that are heard briefly in the story, and primarily through Annabel, this novel examines loneliness and the vulnerability of it, whether society should do more for those living alone, making us question our duty to others, and it makes you wonder about both choosing to be alone and ending up that way. As the neighbour of someone who has been found dead and alone comments `I think it's terrible that in this day and age nobody notices you're gone...People should take more care of each other.' This is not to say that the novel offers no hope in this regard; in fact there are people who demonstrate the very opposite and offer kindness and friendship just when it is most needed.

Haynes has created a cold, chilling character for the criminal in this novel.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, exciting, magnificently dark 18 Mar 2013
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Like everyone else it seems, I discovered Elizabeth Haynes' writing through her magnificent debut, Into the Darkest Corner. Her second, Revenge of the Tide, was good too, but maybe lacking a little something for me. But as for this one - it really is absolutely fantastic, arguably her best yet, and I've honestly never read anything quite like it.

The whole book is incredibly original, and all the more engaging because of its grounding in mundane everyday life. As a central character, we have Annabel, a police analyst who lives alone with her cat Lucy, dissatisfied in life and work, running round after her ungrateful elderly mother. First, she discovers the death of a neighbour - alone and inexplicable. Then, through her work, she discovers that there has been a significant increase in the number of people dying alone at home within her small town. She struggles to get anyone interested - surely the increase has to be significant in some way - until local journalist Sam Everett picks up on the story.

The individual behind the deaths is a magnificent creation who makes your blood run cold: and there's a constant underlying humour and incongruity that makes him all the more chilling. The story is told through Annabel and the man behind it all, but interspersed with the voices of those who have died - and the whole structure works really well. Some of the stories are really touching, wonderful vignettes of the lives of the lonely. And she really gets under the skin and into the minds of her two main characters - in different ways, it's an uncomfortable and fascinating place to be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I liked the narrative voices and how the book twists and turns . Interesting and unusual subject matter that we may have not thought about before
Published 1 day ago by spunout
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read from Elizabeth Haynes!
I read 'Into The Darkest Corner' not long after it appeared on the WH SMITH'S bookshelves where I live and I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 5 days ago by D. Blair
4.0 out of 5 stars Interestingly unique
This is my first encounter with Elizabeth Haynes, and I'll be sure to read more. The premise of the story was refreshing and thought provoking, and I loved the different narrative... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Something a bit different
A well constructed book with An unusual storyline which kept my attention throughout.
The neuro-linguistic programming aspect was fascinating, and I had an interesting... Read more
Published 9 days ago by J. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !
Really loved this book , couldn't put it down . Good thriller/ crime read , bit different from the norm .
Published 14 days ago by trish green
5.0 out of 5 stars scary !
This author is so very good. I believe this is her third book, I have read the previous two and found them very good, each being quite different from the one before. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Lena max
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious. Extremely so.
I am really a fan of Haynes' previous books but this one after reading some 224 tedious and not very creepy at all pages have decided to put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim Chaney
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
just couldnt get into this book at all not my cup of tea tried reading it several times but didnt keep my interest
Published 1 month ago by Linda M Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and original
I chose this book because it was on special offer and it seemed to have some good reviews. I was not disappointed!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Memorable
This was my first Elizabeth Haynes novel which I chanced upon and having thoroughly enjoyed it I will definitely be downloading her debut, Into the Darkest Corner. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Loppylou
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