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Catherine Bailey has been enjoying the single life long enough to know a catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell.

But what begins as flattering attentiveness and passionate sex turns into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon learns there is a darker side to Lee. His increasingly erratic, controlling behaviour becomes frightening, but no one ...

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Overview

Catherine Bailey has been enjoying the single life long enough to know a catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell.

But what begins as flattering attentiveness and passionate sex turns into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon learns there is a darker side to Lee. His increasingly erratic, controlling behaviour becomes frightening, but no one believes her when she shares her fears. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.

Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—compulsively checks the locks and doors in her apartment, trusting no one. But when an attractive upstairs neighbour, Stuart, comes into her life, Cathy dares to hope that happiness and love may still be possible . . . until she receives a phone call informing her of Lee’s impending release. Soon after, Cathy thinks she catches a glimpse of the former best friend who testified against her in the trial; she begins to return home to find objects subtly rearranged in her apartment, one of Lee’s old tricks. Convinced she is back in her former lover’s sights, Cathy prepares to wrestle with the demons of her past for the last time.

Utterly convincing in its portrayal of obsession, Into the Darkest corner is an ingeniously structured and plotted tour de force of suspense that marks the arrival of a major new talent.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British author Haynes’s first novel, a harrowing psychological thriller, charts one woman’s life on two different time paths as they gradually converge into a frightening whole. The Catherine Bailey we meet in 2003 was fun loving and liked going out with her friends in Lancaster. The Cathy Bailey we see in 2007, a frightened obsessive-compulsive, has difficulty leaving her London flat for work or talking to neighboring tenants. In 2003, Catherine meets handsome, charming Lee Brightman, who gradually isolates her and controls every aspect of her life, despite her increasingly desperate attempts to escape him. Their story develops in excruciating detail until 2005, when circumstances contrive to give her a respite from Lee. Meanwhile in 2007, Cathy meets fellow tenant Stuart Richardson, a psychologist who befriends her and helps her to begin a fragile recovery. When Cathy learns that Lee could re-enter her life, she fears the horror will start anew. This is a terrifying and convincing portrayal of an abusive relationship and a damaged woman’s heroic attempts to recover from it. (June)
New York Times Book Review
"Harrowing."
Wall Street Journal
"In this violent, gripping suspense novel, a woman with obsessive compulsive disorder lives in fear of her unstable, stalker ex-boyfriend."
Associated Press Staff
"Gripping psychological thriller. . . . Haynes puts the reader into Bailey’s mind and the result is a grim, dark and extremely difficult story. The feelings of isolation and helplessness ooze off the page. . . A compelling first novel."
Booklist
"A chilling page-turner."
The Guardian
"Gripping."
Newbooks Magazine
"Fantastic."
BookPage
"Haynes is a master at building tension to unbearable heights, and her thorough and thoughtful exploration of the psychological fallout of abuse adds a unique layer to the story….Into the Darkest Corner is a terrifying thriller."
Cosmopolitan
"This mind-bending thriller will give you chills as you follow a young woman who is trying to escape her ex-boyfriend - and her own demons."
Miami Herald
"A gripping psychological thriller....A terrifying cautionary tale of modern relationships."
Erin Kodicek
"A highly suspenseful and cleverly-crafted psychological thriller….Haynes masterfully teases out the disturbing details, which involve a Jekyll and Hyde boyfriend. If you’re a fan of cinematic showdowns you won’t be disappointed, but it’s also the quietly powerful moments in Haynes’s narrative that resonate."
John Searles
"A sexy psychological thriller…. Anyone looking for a suspenseful read this summer at the beach, pick up Into the Darkest Corner."
Karin Slaughter
"Check the locks on your doors and windows and surrender to this obsessive thriller."
S.J. Watson
"This intense, gripping account of domestic violence and its aftermath is utterly unputdownable. A stunning debut."
Rosamund Lupton
"A chilling, page-turning read, which charts domestic violence without flinching and portrays OCD with insight and compassion."
Chevy Stevens
"Into the Darkest Corner is a gripping page-turner that will suck you in from the first scene and not let you go you until it reaches its stunning conclusion."
Sam Millar
"A tour de force début novel that is both creepily disturbing and yet beautifully rendered."
Kathleen Heady
"Unforgettable."
Jeff Ayers
"Gripping….A compelling first novel."
The Book Case
"Chilling."
Library Journal
Gorgeous Lee Brightman seems like a dream come true to Catherine Bailey—until he shows himself to be violent and controlling. Four years later, he's in jail, and she's starting life over, traumatized enough to check every lock twice. Sure, the guy next door looks appealing, but then there's that phone call.... A surprise hit in the UK, where it was named an Amazon Best Book of the Year, this book has been sold to 12 countries and Revolution Films as well; with a 100,000-copy first printing.
Library Journal
This intensely dark and suspenseful tale is told through two parallel storylines. One, set four years in the past, centers on the young and vivacious Catherine Bailey, barhopping with her girlfriends and looking for love. The second storyline focuses on Catherine's life in the present, in which she has changed her name, moved to a new city, trusts no one, and compulsively checks the locks on her doors and windows. What happened to her in the intervening years and can she reclaim her life? VERDICT This chilling debut tale of obsession will keep readers awake late into the night.
Kirkus Reviews
In Haynes' debut, a woman is stalked by the former lover who nearly killed her. Because of a dual time frame that introduces us to twitching, OCD- and PTSD-plagued Catherine Bailey in the fall of 2007 and then pulls back to 2003, we know that the gorgeous, too-good-to-be-true guy she meets in a bar on Halloween is….too good to be true. So the suspense, such as it is, comes from 1) waiting to find out exactly what horrible injuries Lee Brightman inflicted that got him jailed, and 2) how long it will take him to find Cathy, relocated from Lancaster to London, once he is released on December 28. The author plausibly traces Cathy's evolution from feisty party girl to paralyzed victim too terrified to do anything but wait for the next blow or knife slash--and it's a nasty twist that smooth-talking Lee has persuaded all her girlfriends that she's a neurotic self-cutter inexplicably trying to reject the man who truly loves her. The arrival in Cathy's present-day life of gentle psychologist Stuart Richardson, who refers her to doctors to treat her disorders and builds up her self-esteem, is plausible enough, though Stuart is the kind of totally understanding character who exists only in novels to heal the heroine and be bonked on the head by the villain. Readers are basically turning the pages until they get to the big denouements: the gory final scene of abuse, which in real life would likely have ended with Cathy's death; and the climactic confrontation in which we hope she will inflict equally gory retribution. (Don't worry.) Haynes clearly intends this to be a tale of female empowerment, but it's really just another revenge fantasy. And the ending, which dangles the possibility of a sequel, is a cheap shot. Effective, in an ugly sort of way.
Erin Kodicek
“A highly suspenseful and cleverly-crafted psychological thriller….Haynes masterfully teases out the disturbing details, which involve a Jekyll and Hyde boyfriend. If you’re a fan of cinematic showdowns you won’t be disappointed, but it’s also the quietly powerful moments in Haynes’s narrative that resonate.”
John Searles
“A sexy psychological thriller…. Anyone looking for a suspenseful read this summer at the beach, pick up Into the Darkest Corner.”
Karin Slaughter
“Check the locks on your doors and windows and surrender to this obsessive thriller.”
S.J. Watson
“This intense, gripping account of domestic violence and its aftermath is utterly unputdownable. A stunning debut.”
Rosamund Lupton
“A chilling, page-turning read, which charts domestic violence without flinching and portrays OCD with insight and compassion.”
Chevy Stevens
Into the Darkest Corner is a gripping page-turner that will suck you in from the first scene and not let you go you until it reaches its stunning conclusion.”
Sam Millar
“A tour de force début novel that is both creepily disturbing and yet beautifully rendered.”
Kathleen Heady
“Unforgettable.”
Jeff Ayers
“Gripping….A compelling first novel.”
The Book Case
“Chilling.”
New York Times Book Review
“Harrowing.”
Wall Street Journal
“In this violent, gripping suspense novel, a woman with obsessive compulsive disorder lives in fear of her unstable, stalker ex-boyfriend.”
Associated Press Staff
“Gripping psychological thriller. . . . Haynes puts the reader into Bailey’s mind and the result is a grim, dark and extremely difficult story. The feelings of isolation and helplessness ooze off the page. . . A compelling first novel.”
Booklist
“A chilling page-turner.”
The Guardian
“Gripping.”
Newbooks Magazine
“Fantastic.”
BookPage
“Haynes is a master at building tension to unbearable heights, and her thorough and thoughtful exploration of the psychological fallout of abuse adds a unique layer to the story….Into the Darkest Corner is a terrifying thriller.”
Cosmopolitan
“This mind-bending thriller will give you chills as you follow a young woman who is trying to escape her ex-boyfriend - and her own demons.”
Miami Herald
“A gripping psychological thriller....A terrifying cautionary tale of modern relationships.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062197252
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH HAYNES is a police intelligence analyst. She started writing fiction in 2006 with 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. Visit her at elizabeth-haynes.com.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

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    Gripping and guttural

    Catherine Bailey, like all of us, has a past. However her past has drastically scarred her, leaving her crippled with obsessions and compulsions and avoidance issues. The doctors call it by simple little acronyms like "OCD" and "PTSD". I think Catherine would simply call it "life shattering". Several years ago, she had a violent and obsessive boyfriend, leaving her paranoid and always looking over her shoulder, never trusting her surroundings.

    Stuart is the upstairs neighbor. Being a therapist, he seems to see beyond all of the compulsions to the woman that lies beneath, and he is drawn to the woman she was and he knows she can be again.

    I found this gritty and emotional story quite fascinating. When looking at Catherine "today", you see a broken woman, weak, out-of-control, totally irrational in her behavior. Yet the way that the book is written, shifting quickly from the past to the present and back again, you get to slowly walk through her past relationship, watching it build little-by-little. As you do, you find that the present-day actions and behaviors that previously seemed irrational begin to make total sense. She isn't crazy at all. Her obsessive behaviors seem almost "right" in light of the past.

    A note of warning: This book can be quite graphic, violent and vulgar. But it is real, believable, and not exploitative.

    My final word: Guttural, this story reaches deep within, leaving you a little uneasy as you think perhaps "There but by the grace of God go I." How a person can enter your life so innocuously and damage it so irreparably. How you could be taken from a strong and powerful woman, and left shattered and fearful. And mixed in amidst the twisted fears and terror is a touching romantic story. Frightening but intriguing and, in the end, utterly fascinating.

    40 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    i recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery

    i was confused at first, because it goes back and forth between the past and the present. as you get involved in the story, it all comes together. i couldnt stop reading until i reached the end. i would definitely read more books by this author. i would recommend this book for discussions.

    31 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

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    Believable and Horrible, Very Well Written

    If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to have an obsessive compulsive disorder, this book will show you a view into that world. The author definitely did her research and had great reasoning’s behind why Cathy does the things she does. Her compulsions are so believable that I couldn’t imagine a world where she didn’t do these things.

    At the start of the book I was confused as to what was going on as each chapter moves back and forth in time. With the name change from Catherine (in the past) to Cathy (in the future) I didn’t catch that they were the same person for awhile. Maybe if I had read the synopsis of the book more recently I would have known that, but because I read a digital edition I didn’t have that handy, and I like to be surprised when I’m reading.

    When I was getting close to the end I was hoping and hoping that the author wouldn’t take the easy way out – and she didn’t, so I was totally pleased. There are a number of hard to read parts to the book – the abuse Catherine suffers is torturous, but reading it is well worth getting into her mind and feelings.

    This book is 611 pages long, but so easy to read, it flew by without me knowing how long it really way. (I honestly just saw the page count as I was typing the review.) Haynes is an author I will keep an eye on!

    ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

    27 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings If a book can g

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    If a book can give you the creepies, then this one is first on my list. I have read books where I am left on edge or wondering who dun it, but this one just made me want to check the security in our condo and make sure the dog would bark at anything other than the wind.

    17 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I could not put this book down. I just had to know what was going to happen next. This book was excellent, especially for a first book. Will definitely look for her next one!

    15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

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    Great read, still prefer Fallen Angel (author is genie ems...i t

    Great read, still prefer Fallen Angel (author is genie ems...i think) Just my opinion.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Fabulius Fabulous Read!

    Amazing and super suspenseful!! Highly recommended!!

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Good book. Gripping story.

    I found the every other chapter is a flashback set up a bit tiresome, but it definitely kept you reading it was so easy to find out what happened next. Descriptions of the characters state of mind were really good. It felt like you really were getting in her head. Not an easy thing to do. I'd give five stars but i feel like you always have to leave a little wiggle room.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

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    I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly

    I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Loved!!

    This book was awesome!! I could not put the book down! If you are thinking of buying this book DO IT. This book does not disappoint.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Excellent

    I dont understand everyones confusion about the story going from present to past, it was not confusing at all, all you need to do is read the title of the chapter! Great book, could not put it down!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    This was a great book - I could not put it down. I read the rev

    This was a great book - I could not put it down. I read the reviews prior to reading the book, so I wasn't confused when one chapter was in 2004, and the next in 2008...I thought it would annoy me, to be honest, but it was a perfect way to tell the story. I thought this book accurately portrayed what your life is like in one of these situations...The only thing I didn't like was that she was able to look her friend in the eye when it was all over. I usually find when reading books like this that the endings can be somewhat cheesy, and not to keep harping on how great this book is, but the fact is that yes, her ending was somewhat happy, the real ending left me unsettled, which is realistic and I love that. Buy the book!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    Amazing Psychological Thriller! This is a psychological thriller

    Amazing Psychological Thriller!
    This is a psychological thriller that will keep the reader engrossed in the novel until the very end. It starts with a bang and ends with chills running down your body. It’s that good! The story begins with a court hearing, then moves to a murder scene. After that, each chapter alternates with flashbacks from the past and the present. Eventually, the past catches up with her present and the story stays in the present. While it was a bit confusing at first, once the story fell into place, it wasn’t difficult to make the mental shift.

    Catherine (the past) is a vibrant, confident, who loves to go partying with her girlfriends. One night, she meets Lee and they quickly develop an intimate relationship. While Catherine loves everything about Lee, with time, she starts to see a darker side to him that keeps her on her toes. Coming home to find that he’s been there, seeing small insignifcant items moved, feeling that she’s being followed, and having to tell him everything she does so that he won’t freak out on her begins to take its toll on her mental well-being. She becomes jumpy and scared that she will provoke him to hit her or become sexually violent with her.

    Lee is a charmer and not only seduces her, but begins to tell her friends things that aren’t true about Catherine, to make excuses for her bruises, scratches, and somber attitude. Soon, her friends begin to believe him and she is isolated from her social circle and feels alone and unable to escape from him. Because of his charisma and line of work (special units police officer), he begins to play mind games with her and she soon realizes that her only way of escaping is leaving the country. Because of Lee’s abuse of power, Catherine is kidnapped, raped, mutiliated, and is slowly dying. However, a neighbor notices something and saves Catherine from any further torment….or so she thinks.

    Present time Cathy (Catherine) is suffering from PTSD, OCD, and becomes so paranoid that she isolates herself from anyone and limits her time away from her apartment. Because of her past, Cathy doesn’t trust anyone in authority, doesn’t trust her own instincts, and is always on high alert that Lee is watching her even though he is in jail. Living in a flat with 2 other neighbors, she meets Stuart, a psychologist. He is recovering from a failed engagement, she is recovering from the trauma and abuse she endured with Lee. Both begin a very “safe” and slow relationship,with Stuart encouraging Cathy to seek treatment for her OCD. While in outpatient therapy, Cathy begins to address the trauma, learns coping skills, and slowly begins to reclaim her life. I loved the Cognitive-Behavioral techniques addressed in the book.

    While this book isn’t a self-help book, it does address in detail the ways Cathy was taught to overcome her anxiety and no longer fear the unknown or the illusion of Lee. This helps Cathy handle Lee differently and the situations she finds herself in, as she reconnects with an old friend and soon has to confront her fears. This is a creepy, psychological thriller that readers may identify with. We’ve all had “bad” relationships, hopefully not near as bad as Catherine’s….but enough to make the reader sympathize with her. Lee was a charmer and the more he scared Catherine, the more turned on he becomes, which in turn equates to the level of violence he demonstrates. Abuse of power and his charasmatic attitude means that he will do anything to keep Catherine under his thumb, isolated from friends, and dependent on him. Having Stuart in her life, Cathy learns what it’s like to have a healthy relationship, slowly learns to let her defenses down around him, and begins to face her anxiety and fears.

    I loved this book and read it in one day! This hasn’t happened in a very long time, but I just had to keep reading to find out what happens next. The ending was chilling and sinister because it leaves the reader wondering if Lee’s letter and “gift” is really trying to show how he is ready to take responsibility or if it’s a threat to what will happen to her when he gets out. Cathy only shows the first part of the letter to the detective and wants to hold on to the ending for herself, until she sees his “gift”. I wondered why she wanted to keep it, but it is obvious that she will always feel connected to him in some way. After mutilating her body, in my opinion, it’s the later, going along the lines, “if I can’t have you, no one else can”. In Lee’s mind, Catherine is his and only time will tell what he means by that….I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the book, once you read it! -Books in the Burbs

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  • Posted October 6, 2012

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    Could have been so much more

    This book took me about three times longer than other books to finish because parts of it just went on and on without seeming to have progress. To be honest I almost quit it half way through but I wanted to stick with it. I lost interest often but I felt compelled to go on. I wanted Catherine to have her moment of victory. The storyline was brutal to be sure, yet Catherine’s quick recovery seemed off once she started therapy.

    Most disappointing to me was the ending when she finally has to face off against him. It felt anti-climactic…almost over before it began. It lacked the “tour de force of suspense” that the synopsis promised. That scene should have lasted a while and and have the readers biting their fingernails! A missed opportunity to be sure.

    I think overall what was lacking for me was her attraction to Lee in the first place. There was never a time where I thought he was just such an awesome guy in the beginning that would make her so attached to him. He was kind of a turd from day 1 so I didn’t see the charisma. It wasn’t bad…just…ok.

    Remember Sleeping With The Enemy? That guy made you want to crap your damn pants! He was a mental mind freak! This guy…I don’t know…just “meh”.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Excellent!

    Such a good read. Creepy in all the right places. This would make a great movie.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Tense

    A srory of a woman in an abusive relationship is very suspenseful. This is Ms. Haynes' first novel and she did a bang-up job. She has a knack for taking the mundane (I arrived home from work) and creating a very tense atmosphere where you are expecting the "bogey-man" to appear at any time!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Not a lighthrarted read

    Wow! What a book. I stayed up all night reading this page turner. The book is dark, gritty, violent, and bone chilling. Yet through the whole thing I was glued, I had to know how the protagonist was going to finally be released from her violent past. Warning: Anyone who has suffered through any kind of violent situation, may find this hard to get through, howver, it could offer some kind solace in knowing they are not alone, and there can be light at the of their dsrkness

    Not going to write an essay on the book as many of the reviewers like to do. I'm just going to tell if I think it's worth the investment in buying it or not. For me, it was worth it. I was truly swept away with the authors story telling; so true and authentic in every sense of the word. She has a gift of creating and using language that is poetic and beautiful, and never faulters or loses momentum. This author is quite gifted. I can see this being a movie one day.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    EXCELLENT

    Wow. What a chilling book. This book sucks you in , leaves you with chills . Quick and excellent read. Get all your errands ran and your house cleaned b4 you start this one. If you like a chilling story then this read is for you. Disturbung at times with all the horriable abuse she had taken . So nice to find a book not about witches, vampires or divisions . Not a teen read either . I have never posted a book review before . I just HAD to with this one. I

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Great

    A must read. Loved it

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    .-.

    Does anybody else notice that on the Nook, the banner for this says that it's on discount: Was $1.99 Now $1.99 ._.

    2 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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