Published by Audible Studios, HarperCollins on February 22, 2012
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Source: Owned Audible Book
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.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
Wow! I love a good thriller, but the added layer of Catherine’s OCD and PTSD really elevated this story. I loved the shift from present day Cathy to her past with Lee- his character growing in monstrosity even as present day Cathy is slowly piecing herself back together. You know how sometimes you read a book where the main character is in an abusive relationship and it’s so obvious that she should just leave him? Well, in this one, it was easier to see why Cathy stayed even when there were warning signs in the beginning. By the time Lee’s true personality is revealed, Cathy is trapped. Lee is one of the most terrifying characters I’ve ever encountered.
Into the Darkest Corner is a difficult read- because past Cathy is full of light and fun, to see her personality and sense of safety stripped away is both awful and terrifying. Even though present day Cathy has a supportive new neighbor (and potential love interest), so much has happened to her that it’s easy to understand her need to just hide away from the rest of the world. If I’d been through what Cathy had endured, I’d be in a small, white room, probably rocking myself to sleep whenever the meds wore off.
This was almost a Midnight 5 star read- the only think that I didn’t like was that it was hard to believe that all of Cathy’s long time friends were as easily turned against her. I could buy maybe one or two of her more jealous or gullible friends, yeah, okay. Although I don’t remember in my single days railing against any of my friends when they dumped guys I thought were perfectly nice- you know, because I trusted my friends to make the right choices for their relationships. It kind of paints women in a poor light- like all single women are so desperate for a man that they will turn on their friends if they think they’re taking a boyfriend for granted. Um, no. Not realistic.
Overall, this book is creepy as hell. Parts of it are very violent, and the sex scenes go from steam to effing scary on a dime. This thriller is amazing, but not for the feint of heart!
The book is almost entirely narrated by Karen Cass- with a little help from David Thorpe (I think mostly in the beginning and a little at the end?). I really enjoyed her narration- how bubbly she could be in her past Cathy chapters, and how on edge in present day Cathy chapters. Her accent was lovely as well, but as an American I’m usually a sucker for any narration done in a British, Scottish, Irish, Australian, French, etc, accent. Cass really made me feel Cathy’s panic and fear, her frustration with her own OCD, her determination when she finally begins to face her issues. This was my first audiobook experience with Karen Cass, but I would definitely listen to her narration on other books!