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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  2,189 ratings  ·  244 reviews
Elizabeth Haynes’ new psychological thriller is a brilliantly suspenseful and shocking story in which nothing is at it seems, but everything is at stake.

Sarah Carpenter lives in an isolated farmhouse in North Yorkshire and for the first time, after the death of her husband some years ago and her children, Louis and Kitty, leaving for university, she’s living alone. But she
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Published July 28th 2016 by Myriad Editions
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Anne Roche No idea. Lifelong habits die hard, but simultaneously she was getting sick of both Aiden and Will sauntering in when they felt like it. Someone as ins…moreNo idea. Lifelong habits die hard, but simultaneously she was getting sick of both Aiden and Will sauntering in when they felt like it. Someone as insecure as she is would surely lock all doors, even change the locks. But she seemed to suffer from inertia on many levels. Her ever rising debt could have been addressed 3 years earlier by letting out the cottage and getting a job, but she "couldn't bear" to do either. Not a very responsible or adult attitude, but essential to the successful progress of Haynes' plot. If she had been more sensible, there would have been no remaining story at all! So let Haynes mould her own characters, warts and all. She knows what she is doing and keeps proving it. (less)

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Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
The first 50% of this novel is basically just sex, dog walks up and down a hill, and making cups of tea. I have no problem with any of these things, but there was basically zero progression of the story for the first 50% of the book. Nothing happened. The synopsis here on Goodreads mentions characters going missing - the first one of these goes missing at the 66% mark, and the other goes missing at the 78% mark (I read the Kindle edition). The use of the second person for Aiden's character serve ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite authors. I just love reading all of Elizabeth Haynes novels. Sara Carpenter lives alone as her husband Jim died in a car accident. An old friend of Sara's Aiden Beck who Sara met at Uni twenty years ago is now in need of some where to stay and with him being an old friend Jim's of course Sara lets him stay at her farm-house. Sarah did sleep with Aiden at Uni and then he disappeared. Drunk and forgotten what it is like to be kissed, Sara sleeps with Aiden again, when he does t ...more

Alone and struggling with on-going debt, Sarah Carpenter made the decision to offer the cottage on her property to an old flame, Aiden Beck, who was looking for somewhere to live. He’d just returned from overseas and Sarah knew she had to be cautious – her relationship with Aiden went back to her university days when she was friends with him as well as Jim Carpenter, who later became her husband. But with Jim’s death three years prior, her daughter Kitty in London at university, and son Lou
Bill Kupersmith
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
For Elizabeth Haynes, merely to be very good is below standard for her because she ranks for me @ the very top level alongside Tana French & Sharon Bolton. Tho' she lacks French's genius @ executing plot & Bolton's extraordinary fertility of invention, Haynes excels @ creating characters so appealing & engaging that you want them to be your closest friends & would cheerfully & enthusiastically kill to rescue them - Cathy in Into the Darkest Corner, Genevieve in Revenge of the Tide & especially S ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved Elizabeth Haynes book "Into the Darkest Corner'' so I was very excited when I saw another stand alone novel from her. Sarah Carpenter is living alone in an isolated farmhouse in North Yorkshire. Her children are away at university so she lets out an adjacent cottage to her old friend Aiden. As Sarah renews her relationship with Aiden, her children and others do not have the same enthusiasm and even her best friend Sophie has her concerns. Soon Sophie disappears and Sarah is left wonderin ...more
Tracy Fenton
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As the self-appointed No 1 fan of Elizabeth Haynes I was delighted and extremely honoured to be given the chance to read her new novel Never Alone before anyone else! Never Alone is a story about Sarah, a widow, living in a remote farm in Yorkshire with her 2 dogs and suddenly find herself the focus of two quite different men, both with dark secrets and desires. This is a gripping and tense story which had me on the edge of my seat. A grown-up version of Into the Darkest Corner – this story is f ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“We all keep secrets from each other, all the time, and we kid ourselves that they are tiny ones, that they don’t matter, right up until the moment that we are found out and we realise it matters very much”

Never Alone is the sixth novel by British author, Elizabeth Haynes. Sarah Carpenter is nervous. Aiden Beck is about to arrive. During their heady university days they had a fling that ended abruptly when Aiden headed off to Asia. Jim Carpenter picked up the pieces of Sarah, they married and ha
Joanne Robertson
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having been a huge fan of Elizabeth Haynes since her first book Into the Darkest Corner, I was hugely excited to discover that Never Alone was going to be a new standalone novel. Although I have enjoyed her DI Louisa Smith novels, I much prefer the darker depths that she plunges whilst exploring those human desires and the deviance that cut across the normality of relationships. So even though I have a TBR list as long as the journey to the sun (and back again!!) I bought myself a copy to take o ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having loved Into the Darkest Corner years ago, but failing to connect with Behind Closed Doors a couple of years later, I was eager to give Elizabeth Haynes another go, and I have to say the front cover for Never Alone did lure me in. I’m pleased to say, I really enjoyed this book.

The remote house Sarah lives in gave this thriller a really creepy feel, and reminded me of when I first moved to West Cornwall. Although we do have a few neighbours nearby, there are no street lamps in our entire ham
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Way back in September 2011 I read Into The Darkest Corner; Elizabeth Haynes' first novel. It's a long time ago, but I remember it so very well. For me, it is probably the best psychological thriller that I've ever read. I've read the author's later books, including her police procedural series featuring DI Louisa Smith and enjoyed them all, but Into The Darkest Corner has always stood out for me.

I had a tingly feeling about her latest novel, Never Alone, when I read the synopsis, I kind of thoug
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I feel bad but I just struggled with this book from beginning to end. I know everyone loved it but it just never grabbed me. I forced myself to finish thinking the ending will make it worth it.
But it still fell flat for me. I have read this author before and still will continue to. This one was just not for me. :0(
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Carpenter lives in an isolated farmhouse in North Yorkshire and for the first time, after the death of her husband some years ago and her children, Louis and Kitty, leaving for university, she’s living alone. But she doesn’t consider herself lonely. She has two dogs, a wide network of friends and the support of her best friend, Sophie.

When an old acquaintance, Aiden Beck, needs somewhere to stay for a while, Sarah’s cottage seems ideal; and renewing her relationship with Aiden gives her a
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
And so to Never Alone, and Haynes once again with an immediate intensity, draws us into the life of Sarah Carpenter, an emotionally fragile woman three years on from the loss of her husband, and residing in a metaphorically empty nest with her two children having left home for differing reasons. What Haynes disseminates so well in this book is the nature of human relationships, and every character is used to explore the differing connections we make with one another. As the following demonstrate ...more
The Book Review Café
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like many readers I have been a big fan of Elizabeth Haynes since she wrote Into The Darkest Corner way back in 2011, so I had high hopes for Never Alone the book description alone piqued my interest and I must say its everything I hoped for and more. It’s well executed, gripping and definitely one of the better psychological thrillers out there at the moment. The author explores human relationships and all the ugly qualities that can come with them lies,obsession,betrayal and rejection, she man ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in an isolated area of Yorkshire, this was an excellent thriller full of tension and suspense. Great characters, very atmospheric, and an original plot.
My third book by Elizabeth Haynes. Loved her debut Into the Darkest Corner corner and really enjoyed this one.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I really enjoyed the author's first book, Into the Darkest Corner and I enjoyed this one too. Just a couple of niggles. Why, why, why did Sarah keep leaving her door unlocked even when she kept hearing noises and was generally feeling a bit spooked? I'd have barricaded myself in! And why, when she had awful money worries and was thinking of having to sell the farmhouse, didn't she do anything about trying to get a job? Having said that, it was a nerve-racking book which I enjoyed but not to the ...more
Christine Owens
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a teen in the 1970's one of my favourite programmes was a British series called Thriller. It was a thriller in every sense of the word, the heart stopping, heart pounding, pulse racing moments of suspense which made me hide behind a cushion or watch between my fingers were almost unbearable and this story took me right back to those moments. I loved it, the build up of the characters and story were so skilful and clever. I thought the pacing of the story was excellent and I feel like I've jus ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s slow and predictable.
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sarah is lonely. Her husband died in a tragic accident, her son despises her and her daughter has gone to university. She has friends in the village and her two dogs but it’s easy to become cutoff from society when you live in a remote farmhouse on the North Yorkshire moors. Thankfully all that changes when old flame Aiden Beck turns up looking for a room to rent. Sarah leaps at the chance to have her ex-lover living in the farmhouse’s empty cottage, a stones throw from her. But what is Aiden no ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very carefully read a treebook that I will treasure as it is not yet out in paperback until 6th October and I am delighted to have been able to it read in advance.

There are not many books that fall into the category of please remind me to breathe, but Never Alone is one of them for sure. It is writing at its finest, it is descriptive, eerie, chilling and fast paced  – everything about it is just fits perfectly.

Is great reading all the way through then boom a remind myself to breathe moment begin
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this thriller.

Elizabeth Haynes is one of my favourite authors (Please read Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes if you haven't already) and the characters are good but maybe I have read too many thrillers in this style so I couldn't find anything new here to love.

It's good but I was expecting 'something' more.

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‘Haynes is an expert at ratcheting up tension, so when someone poisons one of Sarah’s dogs, you know something bad is about to happen to Sarah herself. Until the very end, though, you aren’t sure who exactly it is that wishes her ill.’
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It is winter in the North Yorkshire Moors where Sarah Carpenter is coming to terms with the loss of her husband and the emptiness of her farmhouse now that her daughter Kitty has left for university. Her son Louis is not around much having fallen out with Sarah following the death of his father, although she has a good friend in Sophie, a politician’s wife.

Against this backdrop enters Aiden an old flame of Sarah’s who has rented her holiday cottage and she’s pleased to see him but she does wonde
Rebecca If Only I Could Read Faster
One of my all time favourite books is Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes, it is an incredibly written psychological thriller. It was the first book that I had read by Elizabeth Haynes and set the bar very high. While I’ve enjoyed subsequent books by the author, none have come anywhere near to emulating her first book.

Never Alone tells the story of Sarah, a widow who lives alone in an isolated farmhouse in Yorkshire. An old flame comes back into her life after years of no contact, he ren
Listened to in audio format.

Never Alone was the November read for my GR group. This is the first book I've listened to by Elizabeth Hayes, although I have the Darkest Corner on my TBR pile.

Sarah Carpenter is a widow with two grown up children Louis and Kitty. She lives alone with 2 Labradors and has a wide circle of friends. Out of the blue she sees a message on Facebook from her old boyfriend Aiden Beck. Aiden has been living abroad and is returning the UK and wants a place to stay.

Sarah has a
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
I will preface this review by saying I am a MASSIVE Elizabeth Haynes fan. Her first novel, Into The Darkest Corner is one of my all time favourite books EVER!!! Needless to say, I am extremely grateful to be on the blog tour for her latest book, Never Alone.

Never Alone is a chilling psychological thriller. It is a compelling read, and coupled with bleak weather, it only serves to reinforce the cold tone running through the book.

Following Sarah, and the arrival of a friend from the past, Aiden, N
Claire Mawdesley
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!!!! I'm left breathless after finishing this book. I first came across Elizabeth Haynes when I read Into the Darkest corner a few years ago, which is a book that has consistently remained in my top 5 reads. I actually think that this book is on a par with that, if not slightly better. Whatever. This was a 5* read and a book that I'm going to be shouting from the rooftops about! ...more

Elizabeth is a writer to watch that's for sure!

Careful where you stay if you're off to Yorkshire on your hols.... ;)

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Aug 08, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book started off slow and didn't pick up until 1/4 toward the end. A family friend who everyone thinks is harmless and sweet really turns out to be a lunatic instead. Glad I stuck with it because once it picked up it was good. ...more
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Elizabeth Haynes grew up in Seaford, Sussex and studied English, German and Art History at Leicester University.

She previously worked as a police intelligence analyst and lives in Norfolk with her husband and son.

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