Into the Darkest Corner

A Novel

Haynes, Elizabeth

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Into the Darkest Corner
"When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Brightman, she can't believe her luck. Gorgeous, charismatic, and a bit mysterious, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. But what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous, passionate sex transforms into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon discovers that Lee's dazzling blue eyes and blond good looks hide a dark, violent nature. ... 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--is trying to build a new life in a new city. ... Stuart Richardson, her attractive new neighbor, moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hope and the possibility of love and a normal life. Until the day the phone rings"--Dust jacket.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2012, c2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780062197252
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAYNES 2012
Characteristics: 400 p. ;,24 cm


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A study of fear, obsession, and lies, focusing on Catherine Bailey, her obsessive-compulsive disorder and intense -- and well-founded -- fears.

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Dec 10, 2014
  • wilqser rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Thriller about a women suffering with OCD, tormented by her boyfriend. The novel reads through present an past events alternating between them; divulging how the past events led to her present day situation. I found the novel to be rather tedious, describing the episodes of OCD - and there are alot of them - over and over again, as though we couldn't tell how grave it was to her. Not enough reasoning as to why the perpetrator was doing this to her.

Aug 26, 2014
  • ericaghansom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good book - dark and thrilling and a pretty easy read.

Aug 22, 2014
  • Becky2202 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent psycho thriller with a detailed look into OCD. Found it very hard to put down once I got the rhythm of the book. The book flips between pre-boyfriend and post-boyfriend.

Jul 13, 2014
  • Yoo_hoo5 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It's a story that doesn't really move off of an event. I tried to read through the graphic descriptions of sex and violence (difficult for me), assuming that such descriptions were pertinent to the story, but in the end, I believe the reader could conclude the same information without having to read such distasteful descriptions. I found it rather crude, quite honestly. I wouldn't recommend it. On the positive, I liked the author's writing format.

Jun 05, 2014
  • KristinaLeeper rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't put this down. Well written, unpredictable, interesting, heart-breaking, yet inspiring.

Apr 30, 2014
  • squirrelee rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wow! This book kept me up late at night reading to find out what happens next. What a thriller!!

Jan 24, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well written, would read more of her books. Not at all like "Gone girl" or similar titles. Very heavy on OCD, anxiety disorders, PTSD and domestic abuse and murder. Reading the book kept me up all night into the wee hours.

Apr 15, 2013
  • Pisinga rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very detailed description of a struggle with OCD and PTSD. Overall I liked the book. Only the author disappointed me at the end, when she is describing a fight scene between the main characters, using all these typical adjectives, verbs - you can see the scenes from the movies of a similar genre that this book: "He grabbed my leg... I grabbed the knife...etc." Also very often this novel is very graphic in description of violence, sex, drugs and rock-and-roll.

Mar 02, 2013

An absolutely gripping and gut-wrenching portrayal of the life of an abused woman. Could not put it down!

Feb 25, 2013

This is a well-written psychological thriller that never has a dull moment. I finished the book realizing it was so much more than a story of a woman being traumatized and stalked by her lover. It explores the female friendships that Catherine has, the lack of support she receives from them, yet in the end she is the friendship protector! Highly recommend. BTW, the description is not entirely accurate - Catherine is NOT married to Lee, she is only dating him.

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Feb 18, 2013

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