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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 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.

Topics: Domestic Abuse, Obsession, London, Psychological, Domestic, Dark, Violent, Flashbacks, First Person Narration, Stalkers, British Author, and Sexual Abuse

Published: HarperCollins on Jun 5, 2012
ISBN: 9780062197276
List price: $6.99
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Much better than expected, you know upfront who the bad guys is or do you?
Great psychological thriller.great pace, well developed characters. This story us one of love turned to controlling possessive behaviors, stalking and dark obsession. Great readread more
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Great book! A real page turner!read more
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I never write reviews but all I can say about this book is WOW!read more
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2 stars is generous, but I felt 1 star was overly harsh on the concept. Unbelievable characters, irritating repetition (and yes I get the OCD), conflicting portrayal of women in genereral and an unsatisfying conclusion. But hey, that's just my opinion, I seem to be in the minority!read more
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INTO THE DARKEST CORNER is a dark psychological thriller that had me reading into the early hours of the morning. The current life of Catherine finds her dealing with a serious and crippling case of OCD as well as post traumatic stress following her involvement in a horrendously abusive relationship. An alternating timeline is of a younger Catherine, a bit of a party girl, who falls in love with a charming and charismatic man that her friends admire, and whose dark and psychotic side insidiously and quickly traps her into a situation she can't escape.Elizabeth Haynes has written an intense, terrifying debut novel with characters that are vivid and unforgettable. The descent into an abusive relationship, and the paralyzing affect of OCD was amazingly written and as a reader, I was convinced that escape from either was not a simple matter. I'll be anxiously waiting for Elizabeth Haynes' next book.I received an e-galley review copy of this book from Edelweiss.read more
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This book held my attention well, but I was disappointed as I continued to read that it didn't distinguish itself from other mysteries. The writing style was nothing special, the characters not particularly well developed, and with too much repetition, I was ready to move on long before the last page.read more
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New author to me, raving reviews and recommended, this was well worth the wait . I read this in three days.Violent start, and later on more grim scenes, but the tension in this story never let up. Interesting how the author alternated her chapters, past and present, five years.leading up to Cathy's , meeting with Lee and his subsequent mind games and violence to her, and the present where poor Cathy is trying to live a somewhat normal life, but suffering from OCD, and she meets, gentle, patient Stuart. What a contrast of males. read more
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Blooody Scary Novel about a woman who is taken in by a violent Policeman who is also a Psycopath with a criminal record.read more
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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!read more
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This was such a good book..It had me from the first word. It was suggested on Facebook by one of my favorite Authors Chevy Stevens. Elizabeth Haynes is wonderful at weaving a dark complicated tale that has you wondering at every turn...I did not want it to be over and it does not disappoint. Thank you Elizabethread more
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I couldn't put it down. My heart was racing the whole time. A+++read more
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What a great first novel for this author. It kept me up too late reading, though. I just had to see what happened.read more
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I read five mysteries in six days on my little vacation and this was by far, far, far and away the best. The characters are drawn gradually rather than heaped on the reader all at once. You realize pretty quickly that Cathy has issues but the "how bad" and the "why" are brought out in the course of telling the tale. I found the jumping back and forth in time distracting at first but once I got used to it, it was effective. This was an entirely satisfying read and I highly recommend it.read more
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Filled with tension. The novel goes back and forth between two time periods in the main character's life. Each period highlights a different type of tension and suspense. The earlier time period deals with an increasingly violent and abusive relationship and the fear involved. The second section's tension mostly revolves around the OCD the main character has developed as a result of the experiences from the first part.It sounds odd writing it out, but reading this book made me SO anxious and that was a great thing. Who wants to be anxious, right? But the author somehow expresses the main character's anxiety that well. I consider that pretty damn good writing.It's difficult to review this book without giving anything away, IMO. If you like authors like Tanya French, Sophie Hannah, Gillian Flynn, and/or Chevy Stevens, you will very likely enjoy this book.read more
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"Into the Darkest Corner" is the best book I've read this year, and I've read about 90. Wish I could rate it 6 stars. I have read a number of novels in the past tagged "a great psychological novel" and have generally been very disappointed. I find the genre often boring, too introspective, lengthy descriptions of unnecessary detail, slow paced, etc. and often much ado about nothing, reminiscent of Hitchcock's "Suspicion". But this book grabs you from the early pages, a book you recognize as a real winner from early on. The story is told of Catherine, terrorized, beaten, and raped by her boyfriend - und disbelieved when she attempts to seek help from others. The bf goes to jail, Katherine goes to a psych hospital, twice. Four years later we meet, Kathy, same girl phsically but a mental and emotional wreck - no longer the gay, confident, devil may care woman of 24, old now at 28. We follow the stories of Catherine and Cathy in tandem with interwoven chapters. The tension builds and builds. Interesting characters. Great sympathy for Cathy/Catherine even tho neither is exactly my kind of gal. A tremendous debut novel, can't wait for Elizabeth Haynes next one.read more
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The storyline was decent but way too much language and sex. Ugh.read more
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I desperately needed a book to read so Okay, Okay I'll admit it. I was sucked in by the 'book club' sticker on the cover. I read the opening page and thought yeah okay sounds good and sure page one and two were good and so were a few others but as it dragged on and on and yep ever onwards it just became more and more of a bore - and yet? And yet I finished the whole thing - Why ? I can't say for sure as it was a bit of a bore there was too much repeating and I know why but even so way way too much repeating of lines and instances and on the whole it took far to long to obtain the finial outcome.read more
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SummaryCatherine meets Lee. He's exciting, sexy, drop dead gorgeous...and dangerous. By the time Catherine realizes she's in trouble, it's too late. Lee has infiltrated her friends, and no one believes her. She has to get away from him...but how. If she fails, she knows he'll kill her.Fast forward three years.Cathy has changed her name and is in hiding, suffering from a serious case of OCD as a result of the psychological and physical trauma she experienced in her relationship with Lee. As she takes real steps to overcome her condition, Lee is released from prison. Is he watching her? Or is it another hallucination?How does she continue making progress dealing with irrational threats...if her most feared threat may actually be rational?Hold on to your seats.What I LikedThe time shifts...back and forth between present and past. At first I wasn't sure if I would like it or not, but I ended up really enjoying the break in the tension...a chance to shift from just a thriller to the analysis of the thrill...if that makes any sense at all. LOVE that Stuart is a psychologist...so perfect to see not just the clinical side of Cathy's issues but the personal as well...with someone who can truly support and understand her.It's no spoiler that the villain of this novel is Lee...and let me tell you, he is a villain of all villains...I have caught myself many times wondering why women who are battered stay with their abusers. Lee is an extreme (I hope) example of why, but I sure get it now. Shivers.Cathy is a brash young woman on her own...she gets herself into a mess...a HUGE one...but then she works incredibly hard to survive and go on with her life. At first I judged her. She spends a lot of time partying...and partying hard. But, later in the novel her whole puzzle comes together and I could see how she might have unconsciously made choices that weren't the best. The psychology, trauma, death, themes are imbedded throughout and paint a rich picture of how the human mind responds to certain events in life. The End - I didn't see it coming...and I did sneak a peek. Gives you just enough information just at the right times...there are just enough twists and turns to keep your mind active and then the holes get filled in at just the right times. The vivid descriptions of panic attacks and Cathy's "checking" routines. These are very obviously written by someone who knows and understands the psychology behind them.What I Didn't LikeLee - Dear young women everywhere, #1 Any man who seems too good to be true...probably is. #2 If a guy you just met sets off your common sense alarm, turn the other way and run like hell. Cathy's friends - supposedly these characters were Cathy's best, lifelong friends, yet they constantly engaged in dangerous behaviors and encouraged her to join them (which she did of her own free will), but when the time came to support her, none of them followed through. Who needs enemies with friends like this?Overall RecommendationIf narratives that delve into mental illness, panic attacks, domestic abuse, fear...both irrational and rational, psychotic boyfriends, psychology and young adult life in London interest you at all, this is your next read.read more
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Just read an ARC copy of Elizabeth Haynes psychological thriller INTO THE DARKEST CORNER. Out in July from HarperCollins. Wow! I could not put this one down!read more
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Took me a while to get into this - the very short chapters flicking backwards and forward were a bit annoying. Whilst I entirely sympathise with OCD sufferers, I did get to the stage where I wanted to scream at Cathy to just fgs stop!! Later chapters where the mental oppression and the control she was under were a bit of a flashback and when this escalated to physical abuse I almost, but not quite, gave up on it.However, the ending was satisfactory and I would be very interested if the author makes good on her mention to tell the story from the abuser's point of view.read more
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Catherine Bailey is young and carefree in 2003 when she meets Lee Brightman, a handsome and charismatic man who instantly sweeps her off her feet into a passionate and steamy love affair. But before long, Lee’s true personality reveals itself. He is controlling, intense and sometimes violent. His job is full of dark secrets. When Catherine decides to end the relationship, she discovers the true extent of Lee’s obsessive desire. She turns to her friends…who do not believe her.Fast forward to 2007 London. Lee is serving time in prison and Catherine (now Cathy) is trying to keep her anxiety and PTSD under control through obsessive-compulsive behaviors that keep her from forming relationships. When a psychologist named Stuart moves into her building, Cathy begins to see a future for herself for the first time in years. And then the phone rings.Into the Darkest Corner is the debut psychological thriller by Elizabeth Haynes about obsession, domestic violence and obsessive compulsive disorder at its extreme. Haynes lays out her story in a nonlinear fashion, moving from Catherine’s past to her present in alternating narratives. The result is a slow unfolding of terror and a glimpse into how Catherine has ended up compulsively checking her doors and windows every day. There is never any real mystery as to what has happened between Catherine and Lee – the tension comes not from the past, but from what will happen in the future.I found the first 200 pages a bit plodding, but I am glad I hung on and kept reading. The second half of the book picks up considerably and had me flipping pages quickly as I raced to the finish. Elizabeth Haynes shows just how easy it is for a woman to get caught up in a domestic violence situation, but she also examines the courage it takes for women to move forward after being in an abusive relationship.Into the Darkest Corner is for those readers who enjoy psychological thrillers.read more
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before I looked at the bank draft saying $6854 , I have faith that my brothers friend woz like they say actualy making money part-time at there computar. . there best friend started doing this 4 only eleven months and just took care of the mortgage on there house and got a top of the range Lotus Elise . see
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Much better than expected, you know upfront who the bad guys is or do you?
Great psychological thriller.great pace, well developed characters. This story us one of love turned to controlling possessive behaviors, stalking and dark obsession. Great read
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Great book! A real page turner!
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I never write reviews but all I can say about this book is WOW!
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2 stars is generous, but I felt 1 star was overly harsh on the concept. Unbelievable characters, irritating repetition (and yes I get the OCD), conflicting portrayal of women in genereral and an unsatisfying conclusion. But hey, that's just my opinion, I seem to be in the minority!
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INTO THE DARKEST CORNER is a dark psychological thriller that had me reading into the early hours of the morning. The current life of Catherine finds her dealing with a serious and crippling case of OCD as well as post traumatic stress following her involvement in a horrendously abusive relationship. An alternating timeline is of a younger Catherine, a bit of a party girl, who falls in love with a charming and charismatic man that her friends admire, and whose dark and psychotic side insidiously and quickly traps her into a situation she can't escape.Elizabeth Haynes has written an intense, terrifying debut novel with characters that are vivid and unforgettable. The descent into an abusive relationship, and the paralyzing affect of OCD was amazingly written and as a reader, I was convinced that escape from either was not a simple matter. I'll be anxiously waiting for Elizabeth Haynes' next book.I received an e-galley review copy of this book from Edelweiss.
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This book held my attention well, but I was disappointed as I continued to read that it didn't distinguish itself from other mysteries. The writing style was nothing special, the characters not particularly well developed, and with too much repetition, I was ready to move on long before the last page.
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New author to me, raving reviews and recommended, this was well worth the wait . I read this in three days.Violent start, and later on more grim scenes, but the tension in this story never let up. Interesting how the author alternated her chapters, past and present, five years.leading up to Cathy's , meeting with Lee and his subsequent mind games and violence to her, and the present where poor Cathy is trying to live a somewhat normal life, but suffering from OCD, and she meets, gentle, patient Stuart. What a contrast of males. 
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Blooody Scary Novel about a woman who is taken in by a violent Policeman who is also a Psycopath with a criminal record.
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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!
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This was such a good book..It had me from the first word. It was suggested on Facebook by one of my favorite Authors Chevy Stevens. Elizabeth Haynes is wonderful at weaving a dark complicated tale that has you wondering at every turn...I did not want it to be over and it does not disappoint. Thank you Elizabeth
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I couldn't put it down. My heart was racing the whole time. A+++
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What a great first novel for this author. It kept me up too late reading, though. I just had to see what happened.
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I read five mysteries in six days on my little vacation and this was by far, far, far and away the best. The characters are drawn gradually rather than heaped on the reader all at once. You realize pretty quickly that Cathy has issues but the "how bad" and the "why" are brought out in the course of telling the tale. I found the jumping back and forth in time distracting at first but once I got used to it, it was effective. This was an entirely satisfying read and I highly recommend it.
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Filled with tension. The novel goes back and forth between two time periods in the main character's life. Each period highlights a different type of tension and suspense. The earlier time period deals with an increasingly violent and abusive relationship and the fear involved. The second section's tension mostly revolves around the OCD the main character has developed as a result of the experiences from the first part.It sounds odd writing it out, but reading this book made me SO anxious and that was a great thing. Who wants to be anxious, right? But the author somehow expresses the main character's anxiety that well. I consider that pretty damn good writing.It's difficult to review this book without giving anything away, IMO. If you like authors like Tanya French, Sophie Hannah, Gillian Flynn, and/or Chevy Stevens, you will very likely enjoy this book.
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"Into the Darkest Corner" is the best book I've read this year, and I've read about 90. Wish I could rate it 6 stars. I have read a number of novels in the past tagged "a great psychological novel" and have generally been very disappointed. I find the genre often boring, too introspective, lengthy descriptions of unnecessary detail, slow paced, etc. and often much ado about nothing, reminiscent of Hitchcock's "Suspicion". But this book grabs you from the early pages, a book you recognize as a real winner from early on. The story is told of Catherine, terrorized, beaten, and raped by her boyfriend - und disbelieved when she attempts to seek help from others. The bf goes to jail, Katherine goes to a psych hospital, twice. Four years later we meet, Kathy, same girl phsically but a mental and emotional wreck - no longer the gay, confident, devil may care woman of 24, old now at 28. We follow the stories of Catherine and Cathy in tandem with interwoven chapters. The tension builds and builds. Interesting characters. Great sympathy for Cathy/Catherine even tho neither is exactly my kind of gal. A tremendous debut novel, can't wait for Elizabeth Haynes next one.
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The storyline was decent but way too much language and sex. Ugh.
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I desperately needed a book to read so Okay, Okay I'll admit it. I was sucked in by the 'book club' sticker on the cover. I read the opening page and thought yeah okay sounds good and sure page one and two were good and so were a few others but as it dragged on and on and yep ever onwards it just became more and more of a bore - and yet? And yet I finished the whole thing - Why ? I can't say for sure as it was a bit of a bore there was too much repeating and I know why but even so way way too much repeating of lines and instances and on the whole it took far to long to obtain the finial outcome.
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SummaryCatherine meets Lee. He's exciting, sexy, drop dead gorgeous...and dangerous. By the time Catherine realizes she's in trouble, it's too late. Lee has infiltrated her friends, and no one believes her. She has to get away from him...but how. If she fails, she knows he'll kill her.Fast forward three years.Cathy has changed her name and is in hiding, suffering from a serious case of OCD as a result of the psychological and physical trauma she experienced in her relationship with Lee. As she takes real steps to overcome her condition, Lee is released from prison. Is he watching her? Or is it another hallucination?How does she continue making progress dealing with irrational threats...if her most feared threat may actually be rational?Hold on to your seats.What I LikedThe time shifts...back and forth between present and past. At first I wasn't sure if I would like it or not, but I ended up really enjoying the break in the tension...a chance to shift from just a thriller to the analysis of the thrill...if that makes any sense at all. LOVE that Stuart is a psychologist...so perfect to see not just the clinical side of Cathy's issues but the personal as well...with someone who can truly support and understand her.It's no spoiler that the villain of this novel is Lee...and let me tell you, he is a villain of all villains...I have caught myself many times wondering why women who are battered stay with their abusers. Lee is an extreme (I hope) example of why, but I sure get it now. Shivers.Cathy is a brash young woman on her own...she gets herself into a mess...a HUGE one...but then she works incredibly hard to survive and go on with her life. At first I judged her. She spends a lot of time partying...and partying hard. But, later in the novel her whole puzzle comes together and I could see how she might have unconsciously made choices that weren't the best. The psychology, trauma, death, themes are imbedded throughout and paint a rich picture of how the human mind responds to certain events in life. The End - I didn't see it coming...and I did sneak a peek. Gives you just enough information just at the right times...there are just enough twists and turns to keep your mind active and then the holes get filled in at just the right times. The vivid descriptions of panic attacks and Cathy's "checking" routines. These are very obviously written by someone who knows and understands the psychology behind them.What I Didn't LikeLee - Dear young women everywhere, #1 Any man who seems too good to be true...probably is. #2 If a guy you just met sets off your common sense alarm, turn the other way and run like hell. Cathy's friends - supposedly these characters were Cathy's best, lifelong friends, yet they constantly engaged in dangerous behaviors and encouraged her to join them (which she did of her own free will), but when the time came to support her, none of them followed through. Who needs enemies with friends like this?Overall RecommendationIf narratives that delve into mental illness, panic attacks, domestic abuse, fear...both irrational and rational, psychotic boyfriends, psychology and young adult life in London interest you at all, this is your next read.
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Just read an ARC copy of Elizabeth Haynes psychological thriller INTO THE DARKEST CORNER. Out in July from HarperCollins. Wow! I could not put this one down!
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Took me a while to get into this - the very short chapters flicking backwards and forward were a bit annoying. Whilst I entirely sympathise with OCD sufferers, I did get to the stage where I wanted to scream at Cathy to just fgs stop!! Later chapters where the mental oppression and the control she was under were a bit of a flashback and when this escalated to physical abuse I almost, but not quite, gave up on it.However, the ending was satisfactory and I would be very interested if the author makes good on her mention to tell the story from the abuser's point of view.
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Catherine Bailey is young and carefree in 2003 when she meets Lee Brightman, a handsome and charismatic man who instantly sweeps her off her feet into a passionate and steamy love affair. But before long, Lee’s true personality reveals itself. He is controlling, intense and sometimes violent. His job is full of dark secrets. When Catherine decides to end the relationship, she discovers the true extent of Lee’s obsessive desire. She turns to her friends…who do not believe her.Fast forward to 2007 London. Lee is serving time in prison and Catherine (now Cathy) is trying to keep her anxiety and PTSD under control through obsessive-compulsive behaviors that keep her from forming relationships. When a psychologist named Stuart moves into her building, Cathy begins to see a future for herself for the first time in years. And then the phone rings.Into the Darkest Corner is the debut psychological thriller by Elizabeth Haynes about obsession, domestic violence and obsessive compulsive disorder at its extreme. Haynes lays out her story in a nonlinear fashion, moving from Catherine’s past to her present in alternating narratives. The result is a slow unfolding of terror and a glimpse into how Catherine has ended up compulsively checking her doors and windows every day. There is never any real mystery as to what has happened between Catherine and Lee – the tension comes not from the past, but from what will happen in the future.I found the first 200 pages a bit plodding, but I am glad I hung on and kept reading. The second half of the book picks up considerably and had me flipping pages quickly as I raced to the finish. Elizabeth Haynes shows just how easy it is for a woman to get caught up in a domestic violence situation, but she also examines the courage it takes for women to move forward after being in an abusive relationship.Into the Darkest Corner is for those readers who enjoy psychological thrillers.
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