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Into the Darkest Corner

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  37,936 Ratings  ·  4,246 Reviews
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
Paperback, 403 pages
Published February 14th 2011 by Myriad Editions (first published January 1st 2011)
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Julia I agree with Juliette - the book is so much more than this or any movie could be. It's chilling, really chilling with one of the creepiest last lines…moreI agree with Juliette - the book is so much more than this or any movie could be. It's chilling, really chilling with one of the creepiest last lines I have ever read. It's worth investing time in, it's a fantastic read.(less)

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Emily May
Jul 05, 2014 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of psychological thrillers
Recommended to Emily May by: Mike
Perhaps the most horrifying thing about Into the Darkest Corner is how much it reminds me of what people are calling "intense" and "dark" New Adult romances. No exaggeration.

This book is a dark, psychological thriller that chronicles the tale of a relationship between the young Catherine Bailey and a handsome, charismatic man called Lee who slowly, gradually, turns into a monster. It's a disturbing story that doesn't skimp on violent details, which might make it something you'd want to avoid if
Holy freaking bubble wrappers!

Wow, just wow. I stayed up late last night reading this book, had a nightmare (as I thought I would, I think I even heard my self screaming or crying, right before I woke up. I'm not sure) and resumed reading it before I ate my breakfast.

I felt like I was developing OCD while I was reading it. I kid you not, I checked twice if my door was locked and made sure my bedroom window was closed, before I went to sleep.

What a story. It sounded so realistic, it reminded me o
Jan 18, 2015 Brandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-twisty, suspense

When Catherine Bailey meets the charismatic and handsome Lee, she just knows she's found a winner. But she soon discovers a darker side to Lee. He is controlling, obsessive and constantly playing little mind games. Catherine finds herself growing more and more afraid of him, so with no other options, she plans her escape. Lee, my friends is batshit crazy.


Now 4 years later, Cathy is living in a new town, with a new job, but she is still haunted by Lee and his brutal attacks. She has isolated hers
Cathy’s relationship with Lee seems good to begin with, but as his true self starts to emerge, the more she is pushed into the darkest corner. This is a story of a very abusive relationship and the chilling effects it has on Catherine. Lee is controlling, abusive and thinks he is smart enough to get away with it; but can he?

Written in two parts, Into the Darkest Corner slowly unfolds the destructive relationship between Cathy and Lee. It also includes the story four years after, showing the dama
Feb 13, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes is one of the most spine chilling and riveting novels ive read in a long time. The story centres on Catherine set in the past and the present 4 years apart. In the past Catherine is a fun loving party person who lives in the moment. After going out to one pub she meets a handsome doorman called Lee who she falls for. Intitially there relationship is very sexual and very casual but over time that changes. Catherine soon feels loved and valued by Lee but ...more
Dec 20, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
INTO THE DARKEST CORNER reminded me of a slow burn, of holding my marshmallow an inch or two above the campfire, the flames licking and dancing but never quite touching that puffy goodness. But minus the gooey center and the warm, fuzzy feeling that a sugar rush gives you. Instead, this novel has a bitter aftertaste that leaves you wanting to down shots of Jose Cuervo to take away the burn. To be honest, it kind of creeped me out, like a whisper just behind my left ear with nary a hint of a mout ...more
Debbie "DJ"
May 04, 2015 Debbie "DJ" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book some time ago, after reading a few books on feminism, and the rape culture we live in. I was put off by the beginning of this book, as it begins with a woman going to bars, picking up men, and taking them home. So much so that I posted a very rude comment. I'm so thankful to a phenomenal friend on this site who courageously called me on my own shit. NO WOMAN IS EVER ASKING FOR RAPE. This I know deeply, and am appalled at my suggesting otherwise. Needless to say, I read this b ...more
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SERIOUSLY WHAT THE HELL!! I dont know whether to laugh, cry or scream at you Lee....

That, is what i call an emotional rollercoaster. I have been sat on my couch since finishing this book about 30 minutes ago running everything through my head, processing what has just happened to me.

Infact, what HAS just happened to me. If anything, im slightly more paranoid after reading this. Dont get me wrong, im not claiming to have a stalker, or imply i know anyone THIS messed up, but holy hec
Mar 16, 2015 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Keertana
Shelves: audio-book
4.5 Stars

Into the Darkest Corner
was suspenseful, riveting, and disturbing. The story is unsettling because of how realistic it was. I’m sure something of what happened to Cathy has probably happened or is happening as I write this review. Four years ago Cathy fell for Lee who is equal parts good looking, intense, and charming. From that point on her life slowly turns into hell.

We meet Cathy in the present, four years after her time with Lee. She’s basically a mess with severe obsessive compuls
Dec 22, 2012 Kenzie rated it did not like it
(spoilers ahead)

This novel of "suspense" has gotten rave reviews all across the web, and I cannot for the life of me figure out why. It's such a Hollywood-derivative piece, a Sleeping With the Enemy Part Deux. The protagonist, Cathy, is a walking cliche of a victim of domestic violence, all beautifully wan and glamour-girly, and nothing about her is worth rooting for. She's unsympathetic and dreadfully dull (she spends the majority of her pre-abuse time partying and flirting and nothing else, re
Caroline Roberts
Feb 25, 2012 Caroline Roberts rated it did not like it
Badly written, unbelievable characters and events and full of gratuitous sex and violence Can't understand why it got so many 5 star reviews on Amazon - just awful,
Feb 16, 2016 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-and-twisted
4.5 stars!

I had to sleep on my review for this one. I thought it was quite the page turner, and really good overall! The plot of the book isn't all that original, it was the way the story unfolded that made it stand out for me. I think the way the author went back and forth between past and present was a clever way of giving the reader a disturbing insight into this relationship gone very bad.

Present day Cathy is suffering with OCD and anxiety, but she is functioning, and getting through life d
Aria (My Infinite Reading List)
Had I been dreaming about him, or had he really been here? All I could see was him: his whole weight on top of me, pinning me down. I imagined those handcuffs, which had already broken the skin of my wrists, cutting into my swollen flesh. The smell of him; stale alcohol breathing into my open mouth.
This isn't real. He's not real.


I cannot form the right words to express how much this book affected me.

It scared me.
It angered me.
It made me remember.
It made me real
Oct 21, 2015 Snotchocheez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the creeper continuum, Into the Darkest Corner's Lee Brightman is just to the right of Joe Goldberg, the sublimely freakay bookstore manager at the center of Caroline Kepnes' You. She manages to completely inhabit this wackjob so convincingly, you almost feel bad for the dude.

Here, Elizabeth Haynes keeps the focus on the wackjob's victim, a woman we encounter in a somewhat unique manner. She tells the story of Cathy Bailey: popular bar-hopping Lancaster, UK young professional circa 2003......
Maxine  (Booklover Catlady)
My definition of a good read? A book that you can't put down, that has you reading at all hours and one in which you deceive yourself with "just one more chapter" Another of my personal indicators of a good book is some twists and turns that you didn't see coming, this book fits all of my criteria.

Wow! This book is not for the faint hearted and without putting in spoilers I will just say that some scenes in this book are violent and graphic, possibly triggering for some, if it had been a movie I
Jan 20, 2014 Dem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes is an intense, compelling and harrowing psychological thriller and I for one really enjoyed this page turning novel.

I probably have passed this book in the bookshop numerous times but failed to even pick it up as its cover is just not appealing and I have to be honest I do judge a book by its cover when browsing books. I was given this as a gift for christmas and was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel and Elizabeth Hayne's ability to cra
This book was intense, and insanely brutal!
It gave me the same feeling as We Need to Talk About Kevin, while reading I felt physically sick, but had to keep going, and really, Im glad I did, this is an amazing book.

Cathy is a young single girl in her 20s when she meets, what she thinks, is the catch of the century, Lee.
Lee soon charms all her friends and has every one believing she has made the catch of the century.

Four years later cathy is struggling to over come her demons, but feels she is g
I work for a domestic violence services agency and found this book fascinating. Cathy is a personnel relations worker who was once something of a party girl who drank too much and had sex with way too many men she didn't really know. She was happy, had a circle of close friends and did well at her job. Now she is struggling with OCD and can barely get herself to and from work. Going to the office Christmas party is more than she can handle, she speaks as little as possible with her coworkers and ...more
May 05, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it

It took me a while to get past Cathy's OCD routines and the way the book was written, alternating from past to present day, but as I kept reading, I found I could not stop wanting to find out what Cathy's psycho control freak boyfriend was going to do next, and WHAT AN ENDING!

Jul 02, 2013 Teresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-inglaterra
Nem na diagonal quero continuar a ler isto.
Nem me interessa saber como acaba. Mas imagino…

Desde miúda, que me entristeço e revolto ao ouvir histórias de mulheres prisioneiras de homens, que as maltratam e torturam.
Mulheres que não têm saída, por não terem disponibilidade económica; por terem filhos dependentes delas e que não podem abandonar; por estarem condicionadas por regras culturais, sociais, religiosas,…
Histórias que, muitas vezes, terminam em tragédia; com a morte delas, ou com
Jan 18, 2015 Didi rated it it was amazing
Review edit, 18/01/15

Amazing book! what a wonderful and thought-provoking novel. I highly recommend it to anyone. I could not believe the extent of abuse that could happen to this woman. So many scenes gave me chills and disturbed me beyond belief. But throughout the madness there was hope that anyone having to suffer through this type of abuse can start fresh.
I was very glad to see the heroine find the retribution she so badly deserved, excellent book.
For you romance lovers out there, there is
Feb 01, 2014 Eve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Are you into personality types? I'm an INFJ, just in case you were wondering (you probably weren't, haha). My question to you is, do movie and book preferences say a lot about the person we are, our past, our fears? Too much psychology on the brain! I wish I could understand why I am drawn to movies and books like "Sleeping With The Enemy (which happens to be an amazing book, by the way) or "Enough", and more recently "Safe Haven."

Women in abusive relationships who overcome their fears and get
Oct 22, 2012 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this audiobook at 6am and finished it in one listen at 2am the next morning. The laundry sat, the housework get the idea. I was riveted from the first few sentences, and it never let me go. I found the back-and-forth from 2001-03 to 2007-09 a great technique to draw me more and more into Cathy's overwhelming fear as Lee becomes increasingly more manipulative and psychotic. He is one dark character that is almost scary from the first meeting. The author sensitively shows us ...more
Karin Slaughter
Apr 19, 2014 Karin Slaughter rated it it was amazing
I thought this was an excellent first novel because it hit on my favorite topics: dark psychological intrigue and really interesting characters.

Actually, I liked it so much that I chose it to publish under my imprint (Slaughterhouse) in Holland.
Erin Shull
Jun 25, 2012 Erin Shull rated it did not like it
There is only one reason to read this novel - if you are a writer or a writing teacher, looking for perfect examples of bad writing to help improve yourself or your students. This book is full of mundane details and would have benefitted greatly from an editor with half a clue. I honestly did not care about 70% of the repetetive and useless information that was offered without advancing the story or enlightening the reader about the characters in the slightest. The book is 600 pages. It should h ...more
Bibi Rose
May 13, 2014 Bibi Rose rated it liked it
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Sep 27, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I may not have read this book at the right time.
After a couple of Gillian Flynn novels, I seem to have over-saturated on the old suspense formula.
Even so, I'm not sure I would have been overly impressed anyway. This was exactly the type of novel where you know there must be one or two *GASP* moments just around the corner.
Ehh, not so much. I found the story to be kind of predictable, and I doubt I'll remember a whole lot from it as time goes by.

I will say, though, that for a first novel, Elizab
Jan 27, 2014 Zoeytron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A feeling of dread is pervasive throughout this story of a young woman trying to overcome severe obsessive compulsive behavior as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. It has virtually crippled Cathy Bailey. The tone is set as she is compelled to check and re-check in multiples of six the locks on her doors, her windows, her drawers, etc. Over and over again, sometimes to the point of physical and emotional exhaustion. She has to get it right, check things properly, or start all over again. It ...more
Jul 31, 2014 Keertana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Keertana by: Emily May
I remember looking up from this novel, expecting it to be around 11:30 in the night and finding it was pushing past 1 AM. Like the bibliophile I am, though, I told myself I'd just finish the chapter I was reading but it was 2:40 when my traitorous eyes, struggling to stay awake, forced me to close the book and drag myself to bed, only barely remembering to shut the lights off.

I don't read too many thriller/horror novels. I relish the creeping sense of suspense, the hint of dramatic flair, and t
Sep 21, 2013 Stacey rated it did not like it
Ew. Just, ew. My book club chose this, so ok, whatever. But it is a lot like reading a Lifetime Original Movie...which reminds me of a comedian I heard once who said, "Why is it that on 'television for women' there is always some woman getting her ass kicked?" Indeed, I'm utterly shocked that so many reviews seemed to enjoy this dumber, ickier, British version of "Sleeping with the Enemy." This story is not new or original, except in its gory details and exhaustive treatment of the main characte ...more
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Elizabeth Haynes grew up in Seaford, Sussex and studied English, German and Art History at Leicester University.

She previously worked as a police intelligence analyst and lives in Norfolk with her husband and son.
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