Into the Darkest Corner

Into the Darkest Corner

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by Elizabeth Haynes
     
 

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Winner of the Amazon Best Book of the Year, 2011, Into the Darkest Corner is an edgy and powerful thriller that asks the most terrifying questions: What if the person you loved wasn't who you thought they were? What if they were so convincing even your closest friends couldn't see the truth? What if they wouldn't let you go?See more details below

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Winner of the Amazon Best Book of the Year, 2011, Into the Darkest Corner is an edgy and powerful thriller that asks the most terrifying questions: What if the person you loved wasn't who you thought they were? What if they were so convincing even your closest friends couldn't see the truth? What if they wouldn't let you go?

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:
7,045
File size:
1 MB

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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