We were thrilled to have the opportunity of reading one of the most sensational British suspense novels of the last 3-4 years titled Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Elizabeth is a police intelligence analyst who started writing fiction in 2006 with the annual challenge of National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) and the encouragement of the creative writing courses at West Dean College. She lives in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son. Into the Darkest Corner is her first novel. This book won the 1st place in Amazon UK book of the year ranking.
A Brief Summary:
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 behavior 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 neighbor, 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.
Elizabeth Haynes, without a doubt, is going to be one of the big names in the suspense genre…
This gripping psychological thriller, unlike other suspense novels, focuses on the crippling aspects of abuse. The main characters in the story are fully developed and in each chapter the reader goes back and forth between happy Catherine and crippled Cathy. Although this at times was a bit confusing, we loved the wise use of such technique which made the story very cinematic. The story is very fast-paced, and while the plot was not the most original out there, the book was very engaging.
Our Rating: 5.0
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