Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Text Publishing (2011), 403 pages
Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at HAYNES
Plot Summary (from Fantastic Fiction) : Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything. This is an edgy and powerful first novel, utterly convincing in its portrayal of obsession, and a tour de force of suspense.
Review : This debut novel was the winner of the Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2011 and is an edgy and powerful thriller. The time line goes back and forth between before Cathy’s near murder by Lee, and her coping with her OCD afterwards which is great plot device.
I really liked this book because, unlike other books where a woman is abused and then rescued, Into the Darkest Corner shows the heroine going into the deepest corners of her own shadow side and finding the strength to make it back out to the light.
Reviewed by : Carolyn