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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  314 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Carly Townsend is starting over after a decade of tragedy and pain. In a new town and a new apartment she's determined to leave the memories and failures of her past behind.

However that dream is shattered in the dead of night when she is woken by the shadow of a man next to her bed, silently watching her. And it happens week after week.

Yet there is no way an intruder coul
Paperback, 390 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by Random House Australia
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Jaye Ford Hi Linda, finally an answer to your question - my backlist is being released in the US next year, starting with my first title Beyond Fear in mid-Apri…moreHi Linda, finally an answer to your question - my backlist is being released in the US next year, starting with my first title Beyond Fear in mid-April. Darkest Place will be available early 2021. Thanks for your interest! Jaye(less)
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Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the best things about this book was a female main character who did not wait to be rescued by a man and who frequently made logical decisions all on her own. Okay so she had problems and was not always in control but at least she did not run around doing silly things and trying to cause her own death as is often the case in this kind of crime novel. I liked that.
Jaye Ford writes well and I always enjoy her books. This one was no exception. I enjoyed the romantic interest. I liked that Car
Wow! Jaye Ford has done it again! So very good!

Carly Townsend had only been in her new warehouse apartment for three days when she was woken in the early hours of the morning to the presence of a man, standing over her, watching her. Terrified, she immediately called the police – subsequent searches of the apartment came up empty; when it happened again a few days later, then again, the police didn’t believe her. She was attention seeking; she had a mental problem; she would be charged with publ

This is one creepy psychological thriller. Imagine you have just moved away from your old life and the memories of a very bad accident some years ago to move into a stunning flat in a warehouse conversion. Now imagine that you keep waking up convinced there is a man in your room. This is what happens to Carly Townsend when she moves to Newcastle to start a new life. The police can't find any sign of an intruder or any place one could have got in and tell Carly she must be having nightmares and s
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers

Frying pan to fire. Cliff face and climbing tragedy in the country to stalker/intruder terror in the city. After the tragedy, she’s become infamous in her hometown, and her mother is so unsupportive she tells Carly “’It’s time you thought about something else. You might never have children, you need to come to terms with that.’” Gee, thanks a lot.

I liked Carly, and I could picture her friends and how and where they live. They seem like real people with their own real back stories. People yo
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Setting: Newcastle, Australia
POV: Singular, third person

Charlotte "Carly" Townsend has moved into an apartment complex in Newcastle. For her, it's a new beginning--she's hit the restart button on her old life that once covered her in guilt and shame. The thirty-three year-old divorcee settles into her new community and focuses on old personal goals she finally plans to accomplish. Carly has only lived in her new home for three days when an intruder appears.

This story was
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Gripping! Thrilling! Compulsive reading.

I loved this read from the very first page! This book should come with a warning; “If you start reading this book be prepared to ignore everything else in your world.” “Danger! Danger! Compulsive read ahead.”

This is a brilliant example of domestic noir and the unreliable narrator. I loved every word on every page. Just one problem – now I have finished reading there is a long wait till the next book arrives from this brilliant author. Ho
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*Possible spoilers*

I did enjoy this latest thriller from Jaye Forde and found it hard to put down in so much as I kept waiting for the terrifying bits to terrify me some more ...... however, dare I say that, as scary as it did get, it never really brought me to the levels of "edge-of-your-seat" fear that Already Deaddid.
I think it had all the potential to be that way, but just fell short through missed opportunities.

I have to say that I think the story would have greatly benefited with a bit mor
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

I should have known better, being familiar with Jaye Ford's previous novels. I picked up Darkest Place at 2am to read a few pages before bed and didn't put it down til I finished the last page, just minutes before my husband's alarm woke him for work at 5am.

After enduring years of guilt, heartbreak, and regret, Charlotte Townsend has finally found the strength to leave her past behind. In a new town, with a new apartment, and a new name, Carly has enrolled in college and is looking towards her
 Li'l Owl
Aussie author Jaye Ford is brilliant! Wow! What a great book!

Carly Townsend has just moved away from 13 years of grief and sorrow to a new city and a brand new apartment. She's hoping the physical change will give her a chance to move forward emotionally start her life anew. She's been in her new apartment less than a week when she wakes and sees the shadow of a figure standing over her bed in the dark of night. The police convince her that she may not have secured the front door properly. Now,
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How brilliant is Jaye Ford's new thriller!
I loved everything about this book.
Carly has made the move to Newcastle after 13 years of being in traumatic limbo in her home town 'out west'. Eager to start a new life standing on her own two feet, she buys an apartment in a old converted warehouse.
After her third night there, she has an intruder during the night. The police are called but there is nothing to show of a break in. These break ins start to happen regularly, being scared stiff she is passi
Lynn Mccarthy
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book I have read by Jayne and like the others it was brilliant.

Carly has moved to her new home to start a new life hoping to leave all her tragedies behind.
She buys an apartment in a converted warehouse.After a few nights in her new home she has an intruder in her bedroom he doesn't do much just lies on top of her and she can not move.She calls the police but there is nothing to find all the doors and windows are still locked, the intruder starts to come on a regular basis but it
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darkest Place is about how you can have a second chance of happiness after tragedy. Carly Townsend decides to leave her home town and move to Newcastle to study. Carly found an excellent apartment in a warehouse complex, and her life was finally getting better. However, that was not the case. Early one morning, Carly found a man in her bedroom, and when she called the police, they did not believe her. The readers of Darkest Place will continue to follow Carly and the twist and turns to find out ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Carly Townsend has moved to Newcastle for a new start after some traumatic events in her past. She buys an apartment in a pleasant warehouse renovation complex and enrols in a TAFE course. She is meeting some interesting people who also live in the warehouse development and things are good until one night she senses a strange man in her room staring down at her. The police respond quickly but cannot find any way an intruder could have entered the apartment. A week later it happens agai
Kerrie Paterson
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What if you kept waking up at night, paralyzed with fear and knowing there is someone in your room? Someone standing over you? Someone touching you?
Is it real or, as the police try to convince her, a cry for help from a disturbed mind?
Carly doesn't know who to trust - and that includes herself.

Talk about a page turner that will keep you up all night - and not just while you're reading! I've loved every other book Jaye Ford has written, but I think this is the best yet. I loved that it's set in a
Simone Sinna
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lock your door, pour a glass of wine and turn the phone to silent. A racey read with all Ford's usual ingredients; flawed heroine, hunky male who may or may not be the hero, a past that needs to be escaped, police that can't find a break in so maybe its all in her mind...
Carla Ferro
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
It's finally done! Good riddance! So bad and no thrilling aspect at all. Can't believe the ratings it had received. It dragged and drained it.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aww-2016
There is a reason that Jaye Ford has become one of Australia's leading ladies of suspense thrillers - she never fails to deliver. Just when you think she has covered all possible scenarios her latest book appears with a fresh, original plot that is guaranteed to have you turning the pages and checking your doors and windows are locked in equal measure!

Charlotte Townsend aka Carly has been through the mill over the past ten years and has finally taken some positive steps towards getting her life
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Darkest Place is Australian thriller writer Jaye Ford’s fifth book of stand-alones involving women under threat who are definitely not victims. Review at Newtown Review of Books ...more
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, it's pitch black but you could have sworn there was someone in your room? Now what if that kept happening.... and there was someone actually there? What if no one believed you? That what if - well it just became Carly's reality.

Carly Townsend has only recently moved into her new warehouse apartment in Wickham, Newcastle. New to area she knows no one, and that's precisely why she chose the area. You see, Carly Townsend's life has been anything bu
Bree T
I went to university in Newcastle many years ago now and I love reading books set there. I loved my time living there, it’s a wonderful place, lots of funky suburbs, good facilities and beautiful beaches. When I lived there, it was cheap, you could rent a place close to the university or on a good transport line for next to nothing. It was my first real experience with “my own place” after living in dorms and I really enjoyed it. I was sad to leave Newcastle and I always love being able to get b ...more
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Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
Jaye Ford first caught my attention when I read her first book, Beyond Fear. I knew immediately after reading the book that she was an author to watch. I also feel Ford is a standout in the field of Australian authors who can write a solid psychological thriller. Ford’s latest and fifth novel to date, The Darkest Place, is another cracking read full of thrills and chills. It features an unreliable and complex main character, Charlotte Townsend, who narrates the novel. Charlotte has recently made ...more
Jaye Ford has been on my to-read list for a long time, and I was very excited to receive a free copy of her latest novel from the publisher – and it did not disappoint!

After the tragic death of her friends in a climbing accident and the breakdown of her marriage, Charlotte Townsend finds the burden of guilt and grief too much to bear and decides to move to the city to leave her sad past behind. Reinventing herself as “Carly” she buys a new funky apartment in a converted warehouse and enrols in
Kerrie McDonald
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Helen McKenna
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aww-2016
After many years of heartache and guilt Carly finally feels like she is getting her life back on track. Moving away from the small town that saw her trapped in the past, she has settled in a nice apartment in Newcastle and enrolled in the nearby TAFE college. On the surface everything is good - she is making new friends, her course is interesting enough and the little community has everything she needs, right down to local markets on the weekend. But then just when she dares to start enjoying li ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Australian author Jaye Ford certainly knows how to write a good thriller.

Carly Townsend moves across the country to Newcastle, NSW, to start a new life. For the last decade she has been living with the fact that she killed her three best friends. Her new apartment is on the 4th floor of a renovated warehouse. All modern. But the first thing she learns is that there is a sad story about the girl who used to own her apartment.

Carly herself is pretty fragile, the result of two failed marriages, thr
Well, that was certainly different! I downloaded the audiobook from the library and had no idea what it was about, other than it had 3.98 rating at Goodreads. So the first inkling I had that it was Australian was hearing the Australian voice reading it -- and I must say I was very impressed with the quality of the reading, as I'm not often a fan of female narrators, so well done Sarah Blackstone!

For me, there were comparisons in style to The Girl on the Train; for a long time you are sure the ma
Helen Goltz
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The only thing I love more than discovering another great Australian author is another great book that keeps you hooked.

This is my first Jaye Ford book and wow, can Jaye spin a story. There were plenty of hooks throughout the novel to keep you engaged and likeable characters like Carly, Elizabeth, Brooke and the sort-of-boyfriend, Nate.

Knowing from the start that Carly is escaping tragedy makes her a sympathetic and interesting figure and that’s only the start of her complexity.

No spoiler alert
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
[Disclaimer: Digital copy provided by Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review]

This was a really enjoyable, tense mystery.

I really enjoyed the 'hook' in this story with the hint that Carly killed her friends. I did kind of want something a little juicier from this part of the story line but I also really appreciated that this part of the story line was not overly drawn out.

I really love this type of story where we are not sure if the main character is crazy or not and the ma
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I struggled with this at the beginning but once I got into it I really enjoyed it. Lots of guessing.
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Jaye is the award winning and bestselling Australian author of five psychological thrillers. Her first novel, Beyond Fear, was the highest selling debut crime novel in Australia in 2011 and won two Davitt Awards for Best Debut and Readers’ Choice. Her books have been translated into nine languages and will be available to readers in the US, UK and Canada in 2020 (Beyond Fear on sale April 20, pre- ...more

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