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When young pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Brightman she can't believe her luck Gorgeous charismatic and a bit mysterious Lee seems almost too perfect to be trueBut what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous passionate sex transforms into raging jealousy and Catherine soon discovers that Lee's dazzling blue eyes and blond good looks hide a dark violent nature Disturbed by his increasingly erratic controlling behavior she tries to break it off; turning to her friends for support she's stunned to find they don't believe her Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escapeFour years later Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—is trying to build a new life in a new city Though her body has healed the trauma of the past still haunts her Then Stuart Richardson her attractive new neighbor moves in Encouraging her to confront her fears he sparks unexpected hope and the possibility of love and a normal lifeUntil the day the phone rings

10 thoughts on “Into the Darkest Corner

  1. says:

    Perhaps the most horrifying thing about Into the Darkest Corner is how much it reminds me of what people are calling intense and dark New Adult romances No exaggerationThis book is a dark psychological thriller that chronicles the tale of a relationship between the young Catherine Bailey and a handsome charismatic man called Lee who slowly gradually turns into a monster It's a disturbing story that doesn't skimp on violent details which might make it something you'd want to avoid if you are particularly sensitive to scenes of domestic abuse and rapeHaynes offers up one of the most effective uses of alternating pastpresent narratives that I've ever read It's so unsettling to see the character of Catherine as she was before and as she is now it at first seems like you're reading the POVs of two different characters But not only that it's the development of Lee himself that is even worse Lee is presented as everything a young woman could want good looking sexy sweet romantic and great in bed The readers themselves might find they are falling slightly in love with him and yet bit by bit he starts to change His sweet protectiveness becomes controlling and possessive His attentiveness turns to stalking Soon Catherine doesn't know how to escape and she's too afraid to try I think it's the contrast between the now and then of the story that makes Into the Darkest Corner so powerful I've read other books about domestic violence and abusive boyfriends but none seem to have captured the complete shift in personality of the abuser uite like this one does It's refreshing though I cringe that I can say that to see a controlling relationship and stalkery portrayed as something negative not as symbolic of the deep never ending love the stalker feelsAnd it is really creepy at times The present part of the story is set after Catherine has escaped and Lee has been charged but he has also just been released from prison Afraid of her own shadow and caught up in her OCD Catherine must try to continue with her life whilst knowing that Lee is out there somewhere She wakes up every single day and wonders if he's found her and so did I It's an edge of your seat kind of book and Haynes builds some fantastic tensionHighly recommendedBlog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  2. says:

    Holy freaking bubble wrappersWow just wow I stayed up late last night reading this book had a nightmare as I thought I would I think I even heard my self screaming or crying right before I woke up I'm not sure and resumed reading it before I ate my breakfastI felt like I was developing OCD while I was reading it I kid you not I checked twice if my door was locked and made sure my bedroom window was closed before I went to sleepWhat a story It sounded so realistic it reminded me of an episode of Dr Phil that I saw few years back with a woman telling a similar story S It felt like it was written from two diferent persons pov The one before that was young as silly doing stupid stuff going out with friends and having fun Nothing special just average girl living her life working and having fun with her friends meating a guy And the one after paranoid and scared out of her mind seeing his face in every person that passed by her In the beginning of the book you know that something happened something that made her completely different person but you don't know how exactely and why As the story progressed I started doubting if the things she was saying was true Could it be that everything was just in her head? I know she told that it happened but how come her friends had a different explanation that sounded logical than hers?I was going back and forward One moment I believed her side of the story and the next I thought she was a total mental case counting every single step up to her flat and checking things six times I felt sorry for the Stuart Warning there might be some spoilers There was a point in the book where it reminded me a little of the Conseuences And I thought that if I ever had to choose who to be raped by Lee or Tony it would have to be Tony from the Conseuences and I would thank my lucky stars that he was even an option to choose from one of the two evils That's how evil I think Lee was End of spoilers The ending was brilliant I couldn't uite figure it out if it was a cliffhanger and there will be a seuel coming up or if it was just authors last attempt to screw with my mind The ending left me wondering What's next? I realize that everything that needed to be told was told But the way the book ended still left me feeling like I read just half of the storyAmazing It was better than I expected

  3. says:

    This book is rated highly by many of my Goodreads friends so I immediately put it on hold through CW Mars and forgot all about it until I got that wonderful email telling me it was ready for me to download Hurray My turn finally Cathy meets the handsome and charming Lee and the two become instantly attracted to one another One thing leads to another until they are both completely consumed with their intense relationship While the relationship starts off simply enough as time goes by Cathy starts to become afraid of Lee and his erratic temper Constantly walking on egg shells things only go from bad to worse Four years later and Cathy now Catherine lives a uiet life of solitude in London She suffers anxiety and panic attacks from PTSD as well as OCD She throws everything she has into her work and spends her evenings and weekends alone and locked away in her flat rarely leaving unless absolutely necessary Lee has been in prison since he violently attacked her but now he's been released and her nightmare soon begins again I'll admit that this book definitely had it's creepy elements Elizabeth Haynes certainly doesn't hold back in the violence Some scenes were deliciously disturbing which I appreciated so much This was a decent psychological thriller but if I'm being honest this is a story I've read many times before and while this was well written where was the editor? 600 pages for a psychological thriller is rather ambitious in my opinion Panic attacks breathing exercises fainting rinse repeat for countless pages It got to be a bit tedious and I skimmed entire chapters of the exact same thing over and over again The of this genre I read the harder it becomes to impress me If this book had been 300 pages it likely would of got at least 4 or maybe even 5 stars from me but at this length and with the amount of skimming I did 3 stars it is

  4. says:

    I'm so glad I read this book It got me out of a book rut Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes is a great psychological thriller about an abusive relationship that occurred in the past The main character Catherine Bailey tries to overcome her trauma in the present while still dealing with the scary fact that her ex boyfriend Lee who almost killed her is still very much alive I really enjoyed reading about her struggle to overcome the PTSD and OCD that was triggered by this this horrible man She was a great character that I was able to sympathize with This book had me hooked from the very beginning Highly recommended except for the faint of heart a lot of graphic language violence and sex

  5. says:

    spoilers aheadThis novel of suspense has gotten rave reviews all across the web and I cannot for the life of me figure out why It's such a Hollywood derivative piece a Sleeping With the Enemy Part Deux The protagonist Cathy is a walking cliche of a victim of domestic violence all beautifully wan and glamour girly and nothing about her is worth rooting for She's unsympathetic and dreadfully dull she spends the majority of her pre abuse time partying and flirting and nothing else really she's about as interesting as a pretty block of cheese The abuser is a character lifted from Law and Order SVU a moody sexy macho type with a perverted streak Oh and he's in undercover law enforcement another cliche so that the heroine conveniently finds herself unable to escape The secondary characters are also unbelievably drawn There are the protagonist's so called friends who are so charmed by the handsome sociopath that they would not believe their FRIEND at all what kind of friends are these exactly? shallow? Then there's Stuart the new love interest and another convenient setup a psychologist who also doesn't seem to believe Cathy's fears excusing them as a part of her OCD behavior The only character who sides with Cathy genuinely so is a policewoman who doesn't appear until nearly the END of the novel Yet another rushed convenience Almost a Deus ex Machina of a way out for our poor OCD PTSD suffering heroine I was primarily disappointed with the novel because the author is supposedly a police intelligence analyst One would think she'd have an idea how to recreate a believable novel about domestic abuse rather than a Lifetime Movie of the week wannabe

  6. says:

    When Catherine Bailey meets the charismatic and handsome Lee she just knows she's found a winner But she soon discovers a darker side to Lee He is controlling obsessive and constantly playing little mind games Catherine finds herself growing and afraid of him so with no other options she plans her escape Lee my friends is batshit crazyNow 4 years later Cathy is living in a new town with a new job but she is still haunted by Lee and his brutal attacks She has isolated herself and spends hours a day compulsively checking over her home COMPULSIONSChecking the front doorChecking the windows and curtainsChecking the flat doorChecking the kitchen drawer With the help of her new neighbor Stuart she begins taking steps to overcome her fears Finally Cathy has hope again she is feeling better and her friendship with Stuart seems to be growing into something Until she gets a phone that changes everything Lee is being release from jail He was going to come for me it was only a uestion of time Overall this was a great suspenseful thriller Catherine's story is told through past and present POVs Most of the story felt like an authentic portrayal of obsession and domestic abuse One of my only grips is the length the first 50% could have been condensed but all and all I enjoyed this one

  7. says:

    I read Into The Darkest Corner on a recommendation from my sister Norma I am not sure if this would have been one I would've chosen for myself I am really glad I took Norma's recommendation and read this oneI found The Darkest Corner to be a dark disturbing and interesting book The story is told in alternating chapters switching timelines with the before when once lively fun loving and party girl Catherine meets handsome charming and mysterious Lee and we follow their relationship as it declines into violence and the after where we see Catherine is now struggling with OCD and PTSD giving us a good sense of the burdens of both That made this an interesting read for me The contrast between the two timelines is cleverly pulled together leaving me feeling very satisfied with the ending I recommend to anyone who loves a good psychological thriller but with caution as there is some violence

  8. says:

    45 StarsWell this story was different from my usual read in MysteryThriller genres This one wasn’t so complicated but at some point reading it was difficult because of the darkness within it It’s unlike me to enjoy slow mystery but I really liked this one This story keeps you on the edge of your seat and you can’t put it down It was really well written and characters were perfectCathy has OCD but her OCD doesn’t do anything with checking windows curtains and her flat door six times a day Even she checks them for hours Some times she counts steps She listens to sounds very carefully She barely sleeps She doesn’t have any close friend She doesn’t trust police She scared of crowded places But the thing is she wasn’t like this three years ago She was like a normal person with friends So what happened three years ago that made her to be like this and be at running all the time? I can’t tell you any about the story for not spoiling it But I’m assure you if you like mystery with some dark elements it’s worth reading I loved it and hope you enjoy it too

  9. says:

    I met Elizabeth Haynes at a book talk a couple of years ago now and she seemed liked a really nice person She was so friendly and signed my copy of this book It contrast her novel is not nice It’s anything but It’s dark and gripping and it’s about a very fucked up man This is not the sort of thing that I usually go for psychological thrillers usually bore the hell out of me because they try too hard to be clever and turn the plot into a labyrinth Haynes keeps it simple and simple works really well here She splits the novel into two perspectives four years apart a before and after if you like They are told side by side and it took me a while to realise that they were both the same character And that’s the greatest strength of the novel the radical shift in personality confidence and voice the protagonist Catherine undergoes after her traumatic ordeal She is completely ruined and has to work so hard to pick herself up and carry on with her life Simple tasks like socialising and locking her front door become dominated by anxiety and paranoia She has an obsessive security check routine she has to carry out every time she leaves the house And in terms of creating a character with a real life mental disorder this was done fantastically well Let’s rewind a bit How does she get there? “This isn't normal This isn't how normal people think Fuck off world what the hell is normal anyway?” She met seemingly mister right and he rocked her world though beneath his false display of confidence and stability was something sinister He’s a damaged little man and an angry one angry at the world and the one who broke his heart many years before or so he says As such he is ridiculously possessive violent and completely toxic Though before his true personality began to surface Catherine fell in love with his charming aspects He seduced her and she was putty in his strong hands He appeared to be the perfect man but appearances are always deceptive The thing that really drove the story forward for me was my eagerness to see exactly what caused the destruction of Catherine turning her into a shadow of herself And the shift was believable and cleverly written I can understand why her steps were haunted by this man who claimed to love her but almost broke her in two and when he finally got out of prison the novel became uite intense I read it all rather uickly though I think it would have been better if Catherine was a compelling character to begin with She had a rather flat personality before she was chained up in a basement and as such all the uirkiness was only born because of torment Sounds a bit mean though really she didn’t have much going for her So this was a decent read and I enjoyed something a bit different to my usual fare though I am in no rush to ever read anything by her again

  10. says:

    I am not sure why I took so long to get around to this book since I knew it was getting really good ratings from friends whose reading tastes I trust Anyway I eventually picked it up on Monday evening and finished it on Tuesday It was worth waiting forThis is a psychological thriller of the best kind one where you know something awful is waiting just around the corner and you need to keep on turning those pages until you find out what happens Watching the main character's OCD moments was painful but seeing her gradually pick herself up and work towards a normal life was so pleasing And waiting for the threat to return was nerve wrackingThe book is very well written and is remarkably a debut novel I enjoyed the way Cathy's story was told in alternate chapters between the past and the present and I also felt all the characters were well developed and played their roles appropriately Highly recommended if you like to be a bit scared