INTO THE DARKEST CORNER
By: Elizabeth Haynes
Orig. Pub. Date: February 1, 2011
Pub. Date: July 10, 2012
Formats: Hardcover, Electronic and Audio
Genre: Contemporary Thriller
Age Group: 18+
Review: I’d like to thank TLC Book Tours for having me be a part of the tour and HarperCollins for sending me the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading the debut novel INTO THE DARKEST CORNER by Elizabeth Haynes, but after I read the first page, I could not put it down for one second. The novel is intense, fascinating and gripping to the core. Told from alternate points in time, but by the same character, it’s about a young woman who becomes involved with the wrong man. A perfect description is on the cover of the book — BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP meets SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY.
In the 2003 entries, we meet Catherine … who is lives in Lancaster and has a successful career and a very active social life — hanging out her friends and bar hopping the night away. In 2007, we meet a very different Catherine — one who lives in London in an a two-story house split into three apartments. She is not the same person from four years ago. She’s paranoid, constantly looking over her shoulder and has OCD. We soon learn to know the reason when she meets (in 2003) handsome and mysterious Lee who seems like the perfect guy until he turns into not the person she thought he was…and begins to make her normal life, in the past and the present, filled with fear, hurt, abuse and shame.
As I read the novel, I felt both of …emotions — the happy-in-love girl and the frightened one who eventually becomes friends with her kind and nice upstairs neighbor, Stuart. We soon start to relax and so does Catherine, but don’t let your guard down! The characters and plotting in INTO THE DARKEST CORNER are stellar. I still can’t get the last several pages, including the ending out of my end. Although, the ending might not have been what I exactly wanted, it’s still key to the novels twisted and horrifying story of physical and psychological abuse.
Elizabeth Haynes has marked her place as a fantastic crime writer and I look forward to reading more from her in the coming years, including the two books she’s currently working on Revenge of the Tide and Human Remains.
I’m giving INTO THE DARKEST CORNER 5“Mini Books” for being fabulously page-turning read that will keep you up way past your bedtime!
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