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Into the Darkest Corner: A Novel

Into the Darkest Corner: A Novel

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by Elizabeth Haynes
     
 

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When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Brightman, she can't believeher luck. Gorgeous, charismatic, and a bit mysterious, Lee seems almost tooperfect to be true.

But what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous, passionate sextransforms into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon discovers that Lee's dazzlingblue eyes and blond good looks hide a dark,

Overview

When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Brightman, she can't believeher luck. Gorgeous, charismatic, and a bit mysterious, Lee seems almost tooperfect to be true.

But what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous, passionate sextransforms into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon discovers that Lee's dazzlingblue eyes and blond good looks hide a dark, violent nature. Disturbedby his increasingly erratic, controlling behavior, she tries to break it off; turningto her friends for support, she's stunned to find they don't believe her. Increasinglyisolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperateCatherine plans a meticulous escape.

Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—is tryingto build a new life in a new city. Though her body has healed, the trauma ofthe past still haunts her. Then Stuart Richardson, her attractive new neighbor,moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hopeand the possibility of love and a normal life.

Until the day the phone rings . . .

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.”
Publishers Weekly
British author Haynes’s first novel, a harrowing psychological thriller, charts one woman’s life on two different time paths as they gradually converge into a frightening whole. The Catherine Bailey we meet in 2003 was fun loving and liked going out with her friends in Lancaster. The Cathy Bailey we see in 2007, a frightened obsessive-compulsive, has difficulty leaving her London flat for work or talking to neighboring tenants. In 2003, Catherine meets handsome, charming Lee Brightman, who gradually isolates her and controls every aspect of her life, despite her increasingly desperate attempts to escape him. Their story develops in excruciating detail until 2005, when circumstances contrive to give her a respite from Lee. Meanwhile in 2007, Cathy meets fellow tenant Stuart Richardson, a psychologist who befriends her and helps her to begin a fragile recovery. When Cathy learns that Lee could re-enter her life, she fears the horror will start anew. This is a terrifying and convincing portrayal of an abusive relationship and a damaged woman’s heroic attempts to recover from it. (June)
Library Journal
Gorgeous Lee Brightman seems like a dream come true to Catherine Bailey—until he shows himself to be violent and controlling. Four years later, he's in jail, and she's starting life over, traumatized enough to check every lock twice. Sure, the guy next door looks appealing, but then there's that phone call.... A surprise hit in the UK, where it was named an Amazon Best Book of the Year, this book has been sold to 12 countries and Revolution Films as well; with a 100,000-copy first printing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062197269
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/02/2013
Pages:
410
Sales rank:
290,175
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 7.82(h) x 1.06(d)

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.”

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Haynes is a former police intelligence analyst, a civilian role that involves determining patterns in offending and criminal behavior. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner, Dark Tide, Human Remains, and, most recently, Under a Silent Moon, the first installment of the Briarstone crime series.

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