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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.
'It's hard to put the uniqueness of Elizabeth Haynes' writing into words. Her stories grip you by the throat and force you to acknowledge that this is what real crime and real horror look and feel like, as well as real love, hope, fear. Suddenly, much of the other crime fiction you've read seems, in comparison, rather like stories made up by writers. Haynes is the most exciting thing to happen to crime fiction in a long time.' - SOPHIE HANNAH
Police analyst Annabel is shocked when she discovers her next-door neighbor dead of starvation. How could she not have noticed her absence? Occupied with her job and her elderly mother, Annabel hadn't seen the woman for some time, and neither had her other neighbors. At work, her colleagues are too busy on other cases to think this death was anything more than a suicide. But similarly decomposing bodies begin turning up around the tiny village of Briarstone, and Annabel decides to investigate on her own. Clearly these deaths are more than mere coincidence, but Annabel's investigation gets derailed when her mother dies suddenly. Overwhelmed by her own loss, Annabel herself nearly becomes a victim of a creepy guy who for his own perverted entertainment encourages lonely and depressed people simply to go to bed and await death. VERDICT The darkest of Haynes's thrillers (Into the Darkest Corner; Dark Tide) to date, this disturbing and compelling novel offers a sad commentary on a society so distracted and self-absorbed that the absence of friends and neighbors goes unnoticed. While it earns high marks on the "creepometer" and is certain to generate reader buzz, Haynes's latest work, using alternating narrators, lacks the smooth plot development and depth of characterization of her previous books, leaving the reader exhausted, unsettled, and less satisfied. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/13.]-Susan Clifford Braun, Bainbridge Island, WA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.