Into the Darkest Corner: A Novel

Into the Darkest Corner: A Novel

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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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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.

Editorial Reviews

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)
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.”
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.”
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:
9780062197276
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
10,940
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.”

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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Into the Darkest Corner 4.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 267 reviews.
nfmgirl More than 1 year ago
Catherine Bailey, like all of us, has a past. However her past has drastically scarred her, leaving her crippled with obsessions and compulsions and avoidance issues. The doctors call it by simple little acronyms like "OCD" and "PTSD". I think Catherine would simply call it "life shattering". Several years ago, she had a violent and obsessive boyfriend, leaving her paranoid and always looking over her shoulder, never trusting her surroundings. Stuart is the upstairs neighbor. Being a therapist, he seems to see beyond all of the compulsions to the woman that lies beneath, and he is drawn to the woman she was and he knows she can be again. I found this gritty and emotional story quite fascinating. When looking at Catherine "today", you see a broken woman, weak, out-of-control, totally irrational in her behavior. Yet the way that the book is written, shifting quickly from the past to the present and back again, you get to slowly walk through her past relationship, watching it build little-by-little. As you do, you find that the present-day actions and behaviors that previously seemed irrational begin to make total sense. She isn't crazy at all. Her obsessive behaviors seem almost "right" in light of the past. A note of warning: This book can be quite graphic, violent and vulgar. But it is real, believable, and not exploitative. My final word: Guttural, this story reaches deep within, leaving you a little uneasy as you think perhaps "There but by the grace of God go I." How a person can enter your life so innocuously and damage it so irreparably. How you could be taken from a strong and powerful woman, and left shattered and fearful. And mixed in amidst the twisted fears and terror is a touching romantic story. Frightening but intriguing and, in the end, utterly fascinating.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to have an obsessive compulsive disorder, this book will show you a view into that world. The author definitely did her research and had great reasoning’s behind why Cathy does the things she does. Her compulsions are so believable that I couldn’t imagine a world where she didn’t do these things. At the start of the book I was confused as to what was going on as each chapter moves back and forth in time. With the name change from Catherine (in the past) to Cathy (in the future) I didn’t catch that they were the same person for awhile. Maybe if I had read the synopsis of the book more recently I would have known that, but because I read a digital edition I didn’t have that handy, and I like to be surprised when I’m reading. When I was getting close to the end I was hoping and hoping that the author wouldn’t take the easy way out – and she didn’t, so I was totally pleased. There are a number of hard to read parts to the book – the abuse Catherine suffers is torturous, but reading it is well worth getting into her mind and feelings. This book is 611 pages long, but so easy to read, it flew by without me knowing how long it really way. (I honestly just saw the page count as I was typing the review.) Haynes is an author I will keep an eye on! ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings If a book can give you the creepies, then this one is first on my list. I have read books where I am left on edge or wondering who dun it, but this one just made me want to check the security in our condo and make sure the dog would bark at anything other than the wind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I just had to know what was going to happen next. This book was excellent, especially for a first book. Will definitely look for her next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, still prefer Fallen Angel (author is genie ems...i think) Just my opinion.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the every other chapter is a flashback set up a bit tiresome, but it definitely kept you reading it was so easy to find out what happened next. Descriptions of the characters state of mind were really good. It felt like you really were getting in her head. Not an easy thing to do. I'd give five stars but i feel like you always have to leave a little wiggle room.
lucy118 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book - I could not put it down. I read the reviews prior to reading the book, so I wasn't confused when one chapter was in 2004, and the next in 2008...I thought it would annoy me, to be honest, but it was a perfect way to tell the story. I thought this book accurately portrayed what your life is like in one of these situations...The only thing I didn't like was that she was able to look her friend in the eye when it was all over. I usually find when reading books like this that the endings can be somewhat cheesy, and not to keep harping on how great this book is, but the fact is that yes, her ending was somewhat happy, the real ending left me unsettled, which is realistic and I love that. Buy the book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A srory of a woman in an abusive relationship is very suspenseful. This is Ms. Haynes' first novel and she did a bang-up job. She has a knack for taking the mundane (I arrived home from work) and creating a very tense atmosphere where you are expecting the "bogey-man" to appear at any time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a book. I stayed up all night reading this page turner. The book is dark, gritty, violent, and bone chilling. Yet through the whole thing I was glued, I had to know how the protagonist was going to finally be released from her violent past. Warning: Anyone who has suffered through any kind of violent situation, may find this hard to get through, howver, it could offer some kind solace in knowing they are not alone, and there can be light at the of their dsrkness Not going to write an essay on the book as many of the reviewers like to do. I'm just going to tell if I think it's worth the investment in buying it or not. For me, it was worth it. I was truly swept away with the authors story telling; so true and authentic in every sense of the word. She has a gift of creating and using language that is poetic and beautiful, and never faulters or loses momentum. This author is quite gifted. I can see this being a movie one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very detailed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The past and the present advance hand to hand as alternating chapters in this disturbing story of violence and abuse. I found it facinating how the same character changes in the past from carefree and confident to a victim of domestic abuse, while, in the present, she goes from a shadow of who she was to a woman in control of her life and fear. Fantastic writing, suspense keeps you on the edge, and you just have to continue reading. Fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you ever wondered how an intelligent woman could get sucked into an abusive relationship with her beau, then read this book as a gruesome primer. The story is entirely believable and unfortunately similar incidents play out all over the world every day. As a psychological thriller, it does not dissappoint. Lee, the psychopath, is as cunning as can be. He's a good example of an abuser: someone who seems normal or even attractive to others, is a skillful lier, and knows he has "authority" behind him to give him credibility. This book would be good to discuss in a book club. Be prepared for the raw horror of domestic abuse laid out in black and white. In a twisted irony, this book could actually help someone understand if she/he is in an abusive relationship. Seeing parallels from the story in their lives could help bolster someone being abused to seek help before their situation escalates. The author did a phenomenal job with this topic.
afghanrockgirl More than 1 year ago
Taking the reader into the pit of domestic abuse, with a stunning play-by-play account of how an educated,modern woman can become a victim, Elizabeth Haynes has written the most chilling tale I have read this century. Her research and subsequent insight into the life of a person afflicted with OCD and PTSD is first rate. When the heroine is viewed as possibly unbalanced because of her hyper-vigilance, a chord is struck that resonates with every victim of violence. Seeing the hopeful yet painful progression of Cathy from secluded victim to empowered heroine is a trip worth taking. As soon as the chills and goosebumps are gone, I will be checking my doors and windows, making sure the dog is on duty, and then trying to sleep. Keep an eye on this author. I highly recommend this book for discussion groups.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. What a chilling book. This book sucks you in , leaves you with chills . Quick and excellent read. Get all your errands ran and your house cleaned b4 you start this one. If you like a chilling story then this read is for you. Disturbung at times with all the horriable abuse she had taken . So nice to find a book not about witches, vampires or divisions . Not a teen read either . I have never posted a book review before . I just HAD to with this one. I
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. I had to get used to the chapters jumping back and forth in time but that didn't take long. I really liked Cathy and was rooting for her. Had the final outcome that I prefer. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book, start to finish. Looking for more by this author right away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was impossible to put down. The format was creative and because of that, you look at the main character and feel like you are reading about two different people.
CTinAZ More than 1 year ago
I could not stop reading this book, the intensity built as I read until I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I highly recommend it, and I will be watching for Elizabeth Haynes' next novel .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was suprised when i read at the end that it was her first novel. Great read!
bayareagirl 23 days ago
lots of tea, very British and a bit of a bodice ripper BUT respectful portrayal or OCD and stalking abuse.
Anonymous 3 months ago
couldn't put it down!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the writing in this story was excellent, the plot was incredibly predictable and, because of that predictability, there was little suspense. I would say the book was good if you are interested in the psychology of domestic abuse, but otherwise, is a waste of time. Still, I don't really regret reading it; I am just kind of ambivalent about it. It's not really waste of money, but I got little enjoyment from it. Stephanie Clanahan