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Into the Darkest Corner

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  24,741 ratings  ·  3,236 reviews
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 increas ...more
Paperback, 403 pages
Published February 14th 2011 by Myriad Editions (first published January 1st 2011)
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Emily May
Jul 05, 2014 Emily May rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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

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
♥ ℒily - The Novel Nerd

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
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
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
Caroline Roberts
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,
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
Bibi Rose
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Jul 31, 2014 Keertana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Erin Shull
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
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
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
Wow! So this book definitely got me out of my book slump.

I thought this was a great suspenseful psychological thriller. A real page turner and hard to put down. At the same time a tough read as it touches on relationship abuse and domestic violence.

The story is recounted similar as a diary going back and forth between past and present. The story felt so real that I actually felt I was reading someone’s real life experience or that I was watching in the sidelines. Some parts gave me goosebumps an
This novel was fantastic!! This is my first time reading a novel by Elizabeth Haynes and certainly not my last. This was a very impressive debut.Into the Darkest Corners delves into serious issues that millions of people struggle with everyday: Abuse, PTSD, OCD. This took me inside the mind of Catherine Bailey who was mentally and physically abused and lived to tell about it. She was the one that got away, but was she really free? This was an eye opening experience. Elizabeth Haynes did a wonder ...more
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
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
4.5 stars

Because of the time of year, and my love of Halloween and all things scary, I have been more in the mood to read suspense/thriller books than anything else. While trying to find a good one on Amazon, I came across this gem on the top 100 best seller Kindle list. It was getting some great reviews, and a few of my Goodreads friends had enjoyed it, so I decided to give it a try.

What a fantastic thriller. It really had me creeped out at times, and I admit had me a little jumpy while I was
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
I think the beginning was slow - it was hard to get into it for the first 50 pages or so but......damn......once it got past that - shit - I couldn't put the book down. It messed with my head. I am happy that Cathy had her HEA and Lee was behind bars but the crap she had to go through even up to the very end.

I enjoyed this book and wonder if we may hear about Lee in the future?
Liz Wilkins
Into The Darkest Corner is quite simply stunning. One of the best debut novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading, this is fiction at its best. Dealing with some life issues in an entertaining (from the reading point of view) but very realistic way Elizabeth Haynes takes us into the darker side of relationships and gives us an insight into domestic violence, OCD and, in a very true sense, redemption. Cathy, an outgoing fun loving lass meets Lee, who at first glance seems perfect. Good looki ...more
Stephen Clynes
Meet Cathy Bailey, is she a mad woman or a victim? Cathy has developed OCD an Obsessive–compulsive disorder and has a vigorous checking regime. Into the Darkest Corner sees the author use the first person narrative very well. Elizabeth speaks the voice of Cathy so well that you can really take her character on board although you will doubt whether she is a victim or simply losing the plot. The suspense in this novel is good and demonstrates how people can so easily doubt other people's claims. T ...more
Fascinating and entertainingly creepy….4.5 stars!

It’s a captivating, pycho-thriller that’s dark and creepy. Into the Darkest Corner is my first Elizabeth Haynes novel and it won’t be my last. The story of an abusive relationship takes its time being told. Its page turning, suspenseful and an emotional rollercoaster with a bit of romance. Talk about a Fatal Attraction! Just like the movie with the same name, this story snags you and reels you in.

You’re wondering how a story of domestic violence c
aPriL eVoLvEs (ex-Groot)

I apologize in advance to everyone who loved this book. This is a hater's review. Move along if you are a fan of Elizabeth Haynes.

Cathy Bailey is every kind of stupid a woman can be. By the end of the book I disliked her intensely. Basically, this book was about a victimless crime. She is too stupid to live.

Ok, ok. Maybe I'm laying it on a little thick.

On second think, no.

Rape kit done in the ER? No.
Buy a dog? No.
Install a security system? No.
Hide a laptop with cam or a regular wireless video
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Elizabeth Haynes grew up in Seaford, Sussex and studied English, German and Art History at Leicester University.

She currently works as a police intelligence analyst and lives in Kent with her husband and son.
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