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Into the Darkest Corner [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Haynes
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,123 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


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Amazon.com Review

Many times as I was reading Into the Darkest Corner, the refrain from that old R&B song kept replaying in my head: "It's a thin line between love and hate..." Apologies, as it'll now be stuck in yours for the next couple of days, but Elizabeth Haynes' highly suspenseful and cleverly crafted psychological thriller will haunt you for much longer. In it we find our obsessive-compulsive heroine, Catherine Bailey, checking and rechecking her door locks six times, eschewing red clothing, shopping only on certain days--clearly something horrible has happened, and Haynes masterfully teases out the disturbing details, which involve a Jekyll and Hyde boyfriend. As the story unfolds, it provides subtle insight into why, despite red flags and bruises, someone would stay in an abusive relationship, and it makes you root for Catherine all the more to overcome the psychological fallout. If you're a fan of cinematic showdowns, you won't be disappointed. But the quietly powerful moments in Haynes' narrative resonate even more, as she illustrates that one of the bravest things someone can do is lock the door behind her, maybe five or six times, and step out into an uncertain world again. --Erin Kodicek

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“Gripping psychological thriller. . . . Haynes puts the reader into Bailey’s mind and the result is a grim, dark and extremely difficult story. The feelings of isolation and helplessness ooze off the page. . . A compelling first novel.” (Associated Press )

“A scary and superbly written debut thriller.” (Library Journal, starred review )

“A harrowing psychological thriller….A terrifying and convincing portrayal of an abusive relationship and a damaged woman’s heroic attempts to recover from it.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review )

Into the Darkest Corner is a gripping page-turner that will suck you in from the first scene and not let you go you until it reaches its stunning conclusion.” (Chevy Stevens, author of Never Knowing and Still Missing )

“This intense, gripping account of domestic violence and its aftermath is utterly unputdownable. A stunning debut.” (S.J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep )

“A chilling, page-turning read, which charts domestic violence without flinching and portrays OCD with insight and compassion.” (Rosamund Lupton, author of Sister )

“Check the locks on your doors and windows and surrender to this obsessive thriller.” (Karin Slaughter, author of Fallen )

“Gripping.” (The Guardian )

“Fantastic.” (Newbooks Magazine )

“A chilling page-turner.” (Booklist )

“Chilling.” (The Book Case, 20 summer standouts )

“A tour de force début novel that is both creepily disturbing and yet beautifully rendered.” (Sam Millar, New York Journal of Books )

“Unforgettable.” (Kathleen Heady, Deadly Suspense magazine )

“Haynes is a master at building tension to unbearable heights, and her thorough and thoughtful exploration of the psychological fallout of abuse adds a unique layer to the story….Into the Darkest Corner is a terrifying thriller.” (BookPage )

“Gripping….A compelling first novel.” (Jeff Ayers, Associated Press )

“In this violent, gripping suspense novel, a woman with obsessive compulsive disorder lives in fear of her unstable, stalker ex-boyfriend.” (Wall Street Journal )

Product Details

  • File Size: 1326 KB
  • Print Length: 611 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062201433
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (February 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HC3LHS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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240 of 251 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all! May 1, 2012
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This book by Elizabeth Haynes was Amazon's UK Best Book of the Year when it was published last year and has already sold film rights. It deserves to be a best seller in this country in July.
A quick no spoiler recap and a few warnings in this review.
The story begins with a transcript from a 2005 trial in the UK which the reader will be compelled to go back and read a number of times as they travel through this riveting story.
In 2007, Catherine Bailey is a woman inflicted with a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She lives in fear of everything including but not limited to serious relationships. Then the story swiftly flashes back to late 2003 where Catherine is a normal business woman living a normal live but seeking to find the right man to fulfill her life.
Every few pages the story moves back and forth through these time phases as the writer fills in numerous gaps to explain how this normal woman became one who epitomizes OCD.
In each of these time frames, Catherine becomes involved with a man. These two men, one a mysterious man with hidden motives and one a doctor who takes a serious interest in her for various reasons are vital parts of this fascinating story. She has no parents so her female friends and a sympathetic police woman also become major elements of her life.
A few warnings. This is a story of violent physical and mental abuse. It incorporates rape and other methods of physical and sexual torture. In many other books these types of plot turns would simply be for sensationalism. In this incredible tale, these plot turns are vital and fundamental to the story that Haynes is telling.
This is a long book (about 400 pages) and at around page 250, I was thinking I had already learned more about OCD than I ever wanted to know.
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96 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping May 3, 2012
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This book may be different from any book you'll read this year. It's harsh and gripping. It alternates chapters between two different time periods but with each one you feel you're on a roller coaster heading for disaster.

Catherine Bailey starts out as a happy, carefree young woman enjoying herself and her friends. But she meets the wrong man and slowly becomes a person who is terrorized and almost killed. The descriptions of OCD are gripping. Her fear jumps off the pages and the reader is carried along with it. Sometimes I had to put the book down to come back to my own safe reality.

This book is not for faint at heart but it is a very good book. And the ending leaves you thinking.
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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating suspense May 5, 2012
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In The Darkest Corner is a layered suspense novel that will scare you to death. What's so frightening about Darkest Corner is that it can and does happen to people every day. Who wouldn't be attractive to a drop-dead gorgeous man who's absolutely obsessed with you? Who isn't looking for the perfect mate, who cares where you are all the time? Who cares what you wear to the point of distraction? Who makes all your friends green with envy?

And what happens when that obsession turns frightening instead of flattering? Haynes has written an amazing debut novel that will keep her readers up far into the night as they try not to see similar behavior to Lee Brightman in their own mates. A character worthy of the plucky heroine, Cathy Bailey, Lee is the perfect date when she first meets him. Physically perfect right down to his clear blue eyes and golden blonde hair, Lee makes Cathy the envy of all of her friends. The relationship starts out perfect. Lee is the kind of man Cathy's been looking for all her life, until little things start to happen. Maybe the sex was a little rough one time, or maybe Lee is a little tiring about the red silk dress he's first seen Cathy in, insisting she wear it would be inappropriate to do so.

With the line between falling in love and obsession so thin, Cathy doubts herself when she starts to think that Lee might not be so perfect after all. When she tries to tell her friends, they brush her off, doubtless because they wish they had a man was perfect of their own.

While there are many books that follow the same sort of plotting, what sets Darkest Corner apart is Cathy's Obsessive Compulsion Disorder(OCD).
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86 of 98 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for the heroine May 6, 2012
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I know I am about to rack up on the "No, this was not helpful" review clicks, but I want to be honest. Here it goes.

I wasn't crazy about this book. Did it grip me, yes. Did I read it quickly and stay interested the whole time, yes. I just did not care for the heroine. She was just not that likable to me. She starts off a party girl who sleeps around and drinks so much that she admits that she doesn't remember a lot of it. Her parents have died, so I guess that is her reason for that behavior. It, unfortunately, made me just not care for her that much. All she does is party and sleep with people in the first part of the book. I have read about party girls before, but somehow they come off better than this heroine did. When the hero starts to fall for her, I kept wondering why. Even when she is somewhat better managing her OCD, I wondered why does he like her? Another issue that I had was her friends. NO ONE believes her. Are you kidding me? Not one friend feels the need to really look into her claims? That bothered me. The switching back and forth between times did bother me at first, but once I realized there was a pattern, it was no big deal.

As far as good things, the author does shine in some spots. I thought it was an interesting look at OCD and PTSD. The author did a fabulous job of describing how a person with these symptoms would live. You can feel the heroine's panic and need for the routines. The way the author explains the reasons behind all the little quirks helps to make you see how someone cold easily fall into an OCD tendency. The mystery itself was pretty good. I kept thinking about the movie "Sleeping With the Enemy" because they are somewhat similar. Again, the heroine was just more likable in that movie.

Don't get me wrong, this is a very compelling book. I wanted to keep reading, but I felt I could have enjoyed it even more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I have never read this author but I couldn't put this book down. The suspense was great. Very satisfying read. I hated for it to end.
Published 12 hours ago by mmills
1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel...absolute drivel.
This is one of the worst pieces of garbage I've ever tried to read. I knew it wouldn't be a literary masterpiece but I still had a hard time with the poor quality of the writing. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Teachermom
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!
Brilliant - I thought the two parallel story lines worked well, and it was never a problem for me to follow which timeline I was currently reading. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sharyn F
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
OK
Published 3 days ago by Mary Epperson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Pretty good.
Published 3 days ago by Marge Robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Oh my! This book was exciting. Loved it!
Published 4 days ago by AlwaysRunningMom42
5.0 out of 5 stars A NAIL BITER
Although the subject matter was disturbing for me, I loved the book. The writing made a potentially unbelievable situation conceivable. There's actual closure at the end. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Binkmuffin
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but slow
I liked this book but I thought the storyline was a bit slow to develop. If you have the patience, this book is worth the read.
Published 6 days ago by Rob B.
4.0 out of 5 stars a little disappointed in the ending
Gripping, horrifying and I couldn't put it down...a little disappointed in the ending, didn't really feel like it came all together but a good read for sure.
Published 7 days ago by Tamara Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Catches ones interest from the start, fast paced
Published 8 days ago by Deborah Elizabeth Nelson
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Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst. She started writing fiction in 2006 with the annual challenge of National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) and the encouragement of the creative writing courses at West Dean College. She lives in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son. Into the Darkest Corner is her first novel. Visit her website at www.elizabeth-haynes.com.

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