Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one.
Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous - Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated.
Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.
Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm.
Until one phone call changes everything. This is an edgy and powerful first novel, utterly convincing in its portrayal of obsession, and a tour de force of suspense.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 403 pages
- Publisher: Myriad Editions
- Publication Date: 14/02/2011
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780956251572
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Review by super_nicola
I have been looking forward to reading this book for ages. And it did not let me down. This is a real page turner so expect some sleepless nights. Cathy meets the man of her dreams in Lee.....or does she?? This story covers heavy issues e.g living with mental health. At no time does Elizabeth Haynes make this unbelievable/unrealistic. Cathy is tortured mentally/physically at times this can be upsetting to read. I went through a rollercoaster of emotions reading this book. So be prepared!Into The Darkest Corner at times is predictable but does not disappoint. It is haunting read that stays with you long after you have finished the book. I can't recommend this book enough. I look forward to reading more Elizabeth Haynes books in the future.
Review by jan.fleming
BLURB: Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous – Lee seems almost too good to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. <br/>But Lee’s erratic and sometimes controlling behaviour makes Catherine feel increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, she plans a meticulous escape. <br/>Four years later, and struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything… <br/>This is a dark, disturbing and extremely accomplished first novel from Elizabeth Hayes. <br/><br/>REVIEW : The book opens with in May 2005, with a transcript of a scene set in Lancaster Crown Court. Lee Brightman is giving evidence against Catherine who he says had some emotional problems and was violent towards him. He confesses he did hit her, once in ‘self defence’. At once we have a sense of how their relationship ended. The author then cleverly weaves Catherine’s story between two timeframes: her time with Brightman in 2003/4 and later in 2007/8.<br/><br/>Catherine, pre Lee, is vivacious and outgoing and anything but a victim and her descent into a life abuse and isolation is shocking and so believable. She is reduced to a lonely, terrified woman with OCD and PTS, constantly in thrall to her checking the security of her home and restricting her life. As a reader you engage with Catherine right from the beginning as she talks about her compulsive need to check the locks on the door to her flat over and over again whilst acknowledging how ridiculous it is.<br/><br/><br/>Gritty, tense, compulsive reading, you actually can feel your anxiety grow as you read certain passages and you have no idea how this will end. The pacing is superb with the author slowly building a feeling of unease, tension and suspense until you are almost as wound up as Catherine.<br/>This is an edgy and powerful first novel, utterly convincing in its portrayal of obsession, and a tour de force of suspense.<br/><br/>One of my books of the year
Review by maneekuhi
"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.
Review by Kikoa
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
Review by gogglemiss
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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