Review: Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Title: Into the Darkest Corner
Author: Elizabeth Haynes
Genre/Audience: Suspense, adult
Publication: Harper, 2012
Source: For review, TLC  

Summary:  Catherine Bailey has been enjoying the single life long enough to know a catch when she sees one:  Lee seems almost too perfect to be true.  But what begins as a flattering attentiveness turns into raging jealousy and Catherine soon learns there is a darker side to Lee.  His increasing erratic, controlling behavior becomes frightening, but no one believes her when she shares her fears.  Desperate, she plans her escape.  Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine compulsively checks her locks and doors in her apartment, trusting no one.  But when an attractive neighbor comes into her life, Cathy dares to hope that happiness and love may still be possible – until she receives a phone call…

My thoughts:  I loved this book, and could not put it down!  The suspense builds steadily throughout the book, since you know from the beginning that something happened between Lee and Cathy, as the story alternates between the events leading up to the incident and Cathy in the present day.  The story is intense, but is never graphic or too gory, which a lot books go to as the easy way out.  This truly is a psychological thriller and an amazing debut book from this author.  Can’t wait to hear more from her!!!

My Rating: 5+/5!!!!!

Comments

  1. This definitely doesn’t sound like a debut novel – it has so much going on and yet it all works together so well!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  2. I enjoyed it too, but felt the ending was too rushed. Throughout, the author digs so deeply into the psyche of Catherine/Cathy as she descends into this lonely, dark place. However, towards the end, I felt her recovery was condensed. Too rushed. I’d have like to see more time taken, if that makes sense.

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