Into the Darkest Corner

Into the Darkest Corner

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 true.But 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...

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Title:Into the Darkest Corner
Author:Elizabeth Haynes
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Into the Darkest Corner Reviews

  • La-Lionne

    Holy freaking bubble wrappers!

    Wow, 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 breakfast.

    I 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 sleep.

    What a story. It sounded so realistic, it reminded me o

    Holy freaking bubble wrappers!

    Wow, 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 breakfast.

    I 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 sleep.

    What 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 p.o.v. 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 more 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 Consequences. 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 Consequences 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 quite figure it out if it was a cliffhanger and there will be a sequel 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 story...

    Amazing! It was better than I expected.

  • Jennifer Masterson

    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 hor

    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).

  • Brandi

    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 more and more afraid of him, so with no other options, she plans her escape. Lee, my friends is batshit crazy.

    Now 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 hers

    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 more and more afraid of him, so with no other options, she plans her escape. Lee, my friends is batshit crazy.

    Now 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.

    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 more. Until she gets a phone that changes everything. Lee is being release from jail.

    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.

  • Emily May

    Perhaps the most horrifying thing about

    is how much it reminds me of what people are calling "intense" and "dark" New Adult romances. No exaggeration.

    This 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

    Perhaps the most horrifying thing about

    is how much it reminds me of what people are calling "intense" and "dark" New Adult romances. No exaggeration.

    This 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 rape.

    Haynes offers up one of the most effective uses of alternating past/present narratives that I've ever read. It's so...

    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

    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 quite 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 feels.

    And 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 tension.

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  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends

    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 one.

    I 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

    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 one.

    I 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.

  • Phrynne

    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 for!

    This 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 pa

    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 for!

    This 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 wracking!

    The 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.

  • Nazanin

    Well, this story was different from my usual read in Mystery/Thriller 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 perfect.

    Cathy has OCD but her OCD doesn’t do anything with checking windows, curtains and her flat door six times a da

    Well, this story was different from my usual read in Mystery/Thriller 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 perfect.

    Cathy 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 anymore 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!

  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    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

    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.

    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 more 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 quite intense. I read it all rather quickly, though I think it would have been better if Catherine was a more compelling character to begin with. She had a rather flat personality before she was chained up in a basement and as such all the quirkiness 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.

  • Michelle

    This book is rated highly by many of my Goodreads friends so I immediately put it on hold through C/W 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

    This book is rated highly by many of my Goodreads friends so I immediately put it on hold through C/W 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 quiet 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 more 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!

  • Kenzie

    (spoilers ahead)

    This 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, re

    (spoilers ahead)

    This 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.

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