Into the Darkest Corner

Into the Darkest Corner

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by Elizabeth Haynes
     
 

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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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Erin Kodicek
"A highly suspenseful and cleverly-crafted psychological thriller….Haynes masterfully teases out the disturbing details, which involve a Jekyll and Hyde boyfriend. If you’re a fan of cinematic showdowns you won’t be disappointed, but it’s also the quietly powerful moments in Haynes’s narrative that resonate."
John Searles
"A sexy psychological thriller…. Anyone looking for a suspenseful read this summer at the beach, pick up Into the Darkest Corner."
Karin Slaughter
"Check the locks on your doors and windows and surrender to this obsessive thriller."
S.J. Watson
"This intense, gripping account of domestic violence and its aftermath is utterly unputdownable. A stunning debut."
Rosamund Lupton
"A chilling, page-turning read, which charts domestic violence without flinching and portrays OCD with insight and compassion."
Chevy Stevens
"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."
Sam Millar
"A tour de force début novel that is both creepily disturbing and yet beautifully rendered."
Kathleen Heady
"Unforgettable."
Jeff Ayers
"Gripping….A compelling first novel."
The Book Case
"Chilling."
New York Times Book Review
"Harrowing."
Wall Street Journal
"In this violent, gripping suspense novel, a woman with obsessive compulsive disorder lives in fear of her unstable, stalker ex-boyfriend."
Associated Press Staff
"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."
Booklist
"A chilling page-turner."
The Guardian
"Gripping."
Newbooks Magazine
"Fantastic."
BookPage
"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."
Cosmopolitan
"This mind-bending thriller will give you chills as you follow a young woman who is trying to escape her ex-boyfriend - and her own demons."
Miami Herald
"A gripping psychological thriller....A terrifying cautionary tale of modern relationships."
Library Journal
This intensely dark and suspenseful tale is told through two parallel storylines. One, set four years in the past, centers on the young and vivacious Catherine Bailey, barhopping with her girlfriends and looking for love. The second storyline focuses on Catherine's life in the present, in which she has changed her name, moved to a new city, trusts no one, and compulsively checks the locks on her doors and windows. What happened to her in the intervening years and can she reclaim her life? VERDICT This chilling debut tale of obsession will keep readers awake late into the night.
Kirkus Reviews
In Haynes' debut, a woman is stalked by the former lover who nearly killed her. Because of a dual time frame that introduces us to twitching, OCD- and PTSD-plagued Catherine Bailey in the fall of 2007 and then pulls back to 2003, we know that the gorgeous, too-good-to-be-true guy she meets in a bar on Halloween is….too good to be true. So the suspense, such as it is, comes from 1) waiting to find out exactly what horrible injuries Lee Brightman inflicted that got him jailed, and 2) how long it will take him to find Cathy, relocated from Lancaster to London, once he is released on December 28. The author plausibly traces Cathy's evolution from feisty party girl to paralyzed victim too terrified to do anything but wait for the next blow or knife slash--and it's a nasty twist that smooth-talking Lee has persuaded all her girlfriends that she's a neurotic self-cutter inexplicably trying to reject the man who truly loves her. The arrival in Cathy's present-day life of gentle psychologist Stuart Richardson, who refers her to doctors to treat her disorders and builds up her self-esteem, is plausible enough, though Stuart is the kind of totally understanding character who exists only in novels to heal the heroine and be bonked on the head by the villain. Readers are basically turning the pages until they get to the big denouements: the gory final scene of abuse, which in real life would likely have ended with Cathy's death; and the climactic confrontation in which we hope she will inflict equally gory retribution. (Don't worry.) 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062197276
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
10,742
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

Jeff Ayers
“Gripping….A compelling first novel.”
S.J. Watson
“This intense, gripping account of domestic violence and its aftermath is utterly unputdownable. A stunning debut.”
Kathleen Heady
“Unforgettable.”
John Searles
“A sexy psychological thriller…. Anyone looking for a suspenseful read this summer at the beach, pick up Into the Darkest Corner.”
Chevy Stevens
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.”
Rosamund Lupton
“A chilling, page-turning read, which charts domestic violence without flinching and portrays OCD with insight and compassion.”
Erin Kodicek
“A highly suspenseful and cleverly-crafted psychological thriller….Haynes masterfully teases out the disturbing details, which involve a Jekyll and Hyde boyfriend. If you’re a fan of cinematic showdowns you won’t be disappointed, but it’s also the quietly powerful moments in Haynes’s narrative that resonate.”
Sam Millar
“A tour de force début novel that is both creepily disturbing and yet beautifully rendered.”
Karin Slaughter
“Check the locks on your doors and windows and surrender to this obsessive thriller.”

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