Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

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31 Critic Reviews

If you enjoy thrillers and strong charismatic people you will enjoy Into The Darkest Corner.
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Synopsis

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.

 

About Elizabeth Haynes

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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.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Harper. 611 pages
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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All: 31 | Positive: 30 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 23 2012

Haynes clearly intends this to be a tale of female empowerment, but it’s really just another revenge fantasy. And the ending, which dangles the possibility of a sequel, is a cheap shot. Effective, in an ugly sort of way.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publisher's Weekly on Apr 09 2012

This is a terrifying and convincing portrayal of an abusive relationship and a damaged woman’s heroic attempts to recover from it. 

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Leslie Wright on May 21 2012

If you enjoy thrillers and strong charismatic people you will enjoy Into The Darkest Corner.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jul 06 2012

On the strength of this first novel, Haynes is already on my “must-read” list.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
Reviewed by Sue Magee on Mar 01 2012

I haven't told you anything about the characters, have I? I'm not going to either – I'd much rather than you read the book.

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BookPage

Excellent
Reviewed by Stephenie Harrison on Jun 01 2012

Into the Darkest Corner is a terrifying thriller, and the only breaks you’re likely to take while reading it will be to triple-check the locks on your doors and windows.

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Sun Sentinel

Excellent
Reviewed by Oline Cogdill on Aug 03 2012

Into the Darkest Corner is a terrifying cautionary tale of modern relationships.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Sheri Newton on Jun 27 2012

I enjoyed this book right up to the very end, and I can't wait to see it if it is turned into a movie

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Booking Mama

Good
Reviewed by Booking Mama on Jun 18 2012

Highly recommended for fans of psychological thrillers!

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on May 22 2012

Bottom line: Into the Darkest Corner is a debut novel that I give my highest recommendation to, a novel certain to make my list of favorites for the year.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on Jun 27 2012

I myself found it to be a riveting psychological thriller that kept my interest until I turned the last page.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Jun 20 2012

If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, Into the Darkest Corner is an absolute must-read.

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Leeswammes' Blog

Good
Reviewed by Leeswammes on Jul 10 2012

I found Cathy’s OCD very believable and extremely fascinating. The idea that someone knows what they’re doing is nonsensical but not being able to stop themselves...Not a thriller, but a very good read. Recommended.

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Literary Treats

Good
Reviewed by Literary Treats on Jun 05 2012

Brilliant book, one that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.

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Jen's Book Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on May 28 2012

99% of this novel is stellar and Haynes shows exceptional promise as a psychological thriller writer. 

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Tiny Library

Good
Reviewed by Sam on Sep 04 2012

The writing in Into the Darkest Corner isn't fantastic or particularly beautiful.

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Euro Crime

Excellent
Reviewed by Amanda C M Gillies on Jul 01 2011

I love this book. It has just the right mix of terror, paranoia and "things that go bump in the night" to keep you looking over your own shoulder for your own past demons. Elizabeth Haynes is a very talented new face in the murky world of crime fiction and definitely a name to look out for in the future. Very highly recommended.

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A Bookish Way of Life

Good
Reviewed by Nadia on Jun 04 2012

Into the Darkest Corner is a terrific book that I am going to be recommending to my family and friends.

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Steph the Bookworm

Excellent
Reviewed by StephTheBookworm on May 25 2012

This truly is a psychological thriller and an amazing debut book from this author. Can’t wait to hear more from her!!!

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The Infinite Curio

Good
Reviewed by Kay on Aug 20 2012

This being said, I really enjoyed Into the Darkest Corner.

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Life in Review

Good
Reviewed by Life in Review on Jun 26 2012

Utterly convincing in its portrayal of obsession.

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Knitting and Sundries

Good
Reviewed by Julie on Aug 23 2012

Reading this novel is more than just getting lost in an absorbing story - more than page-turning - more than an "OMG .. what's going to happen next?" experience.

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Book Addict Katie

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Jun 06 2012

A moving, suspenseful book to get you started with your summer reading.

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Reviews by Molly

Good
Reviewed by Molly on Jun 05 2012

With chilling twists, and gut-wrenching turns, this story is not a light read. 

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Petrona

Good
Reviewed by Petrona on Aug 30 2011

I very much recommend this book to anyone who likes psychological suspense novels.

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Lizzy's Literary Life

Good
Reviewed by Lizzy on Feb 14 2012

All in all a very satisfying psychological thriller.

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Crimepieces

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Aug 24 2012

The fractured nature of the writing, moving between different periods perfectly suited this style of book and I’m looking forward to reading more of this author.

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Crazy For Books

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Jun 11 2012

A rock-solid debut that will keep you turning the pages until long into the night.

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Wicked Wonderful Words

Good
Reviewed by Willa on Mar 18 2012

This is the perfect read for a lazy weekend or to bring with you on holiday. 

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Obsessively Compulsively Yours

Good
Reviewed by Bellsie on Jul 29 2012

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers – and anyone who wants to read about OCD!

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Not From Lapland

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Apr 14 2011

Into The Darkest Corner is a début novel from Elizabeth Haynes – and long may she continue writing.

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