Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes: Review

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes: ReviewInto the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
on February 20th, 2013
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 611

When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Brightman, she can't believeher luck. Gorgeous, charismatic, and a bit mysterious, Lee seems almost tooperfect to be true.

But what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous, passionate sextransforms into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon discovers that Lee's dazzlingblue eyes and blond good looks hide a dark, violent nature. Disturbedby his increasingly erratic, controlling behavior, she tries to break it off; turningto her friends for support, she's stunned to find they don't believe her. Increasinglyisolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperateCatherine plans a meticulous escape.

Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—is tryingto build a new life in a new city. Though her body has healed, the trauma ofthe past still haunts her. Then Stuart Richardson, her attractive new neighbor,moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hopeand the possibility of love and a normal life.

Until the day the phone rings . . .

Stacia says…

I was looking for something different to read; something that wasn’t the same storyline that I have been reading and one that would hold my interest. So when a fellow book-lover and friend recommended Into the Darkest Corner, I thought it would be the perfect book for this months #cleanoffyourkindle review. Well let me begin by saying this book is definitely different than the books I have been reading and you should be warned that it is a dark, psychological thriller that has some very disturbing and graphic scenes.

“That before-and-after feel, as though this was going to be the end of one time and the beginning of another.”

Into the Darkest Corner is told in the point of view of Cathy Bailey, a woman who has gone through a horrific ordeal by the hands of her ex-boyfriend Lee Brightman and who is trying to not only move on from this event, but is trying to live through the PTSD and OCD that these events have brought on. The story is told in alternating past and present chapters.  I will admit, it took me awhile to get into. I usually have a problem with books that flashback and forth too much and find that they can be confusing. However, this type of flashing back and forth worked for this book, because we really get to see the changes in Cathy and get to see what all the torment that Lee put her through did to her in her present life. The changes are SO drastic in fact, that you would almost think that you are reading the point of view of two different characters.

“This isn’t normal. This isn’t how normal people think. F**k off, world- what the hell is normal anyway?”

Lee not only abuses and stalks Cathy in the past, but isolates her from her friends and somehow convinces all of them that Cathy is the crazy one, that she is self-harming, and that she is obsessed with him. This man is diabolical, controlling, and beyond possessive of her. You can see the struggle that Cathy has with escaping from him and attempting to live a normal life.  Thankfully her new neighbor Stuart Richardson is there to help her move on and attempt to put this all behind her. Stuart was attentive, patient, and just over-all a great guy.

If you are looking for something different, than give Into the Darkest Corner a try. I will warn you that it is slow (very slow) at times and at over 600 pages, it is very long. But if you stick with it, you will read a powerful story that will stay with you for a long time!


About Elizabeth Haynes

Elizabeth Haynes grew up in Seaford, Sussex and studied English, German and Art History at Leicester University.

She currently works as a police intelligence analyst and lives in Kent with her husband and son.