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Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
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Mar 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: book-tours, first-reads
Read from June 06 to 11, 2012

Into the Darkest Corner is a book that is impossible to ignore once started. As we follow Cathy’s story from a carefree twenty-something, into the depths of a destructive relationship- and back again- there is no emotion untapped. This is a harrowing yet perfectly told story of one woman’s struggle to survive. Through Cathy’s voice, we are taken on a journey that effects too many who are silenced throughout the world.
Haynes accomplishes what many have tried before her: to give an accurate portrayal of the effects of domestic and sexual violence- and succeeds. This book not only captures the warning signs, the identifying of a problem, the struggle to admit it, and the reactions and alienation from those around someone within the situation, but the aftermath and psychological damage that is often a result. Cathy is left to die by her boyfriend, and years later, she is struggling with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), as well as general trust issues and concerns for her safety.
The story is told with two coinciding timelines- one from 2003 and one from 2007. As we are taken back and forth through time, what could be a confusing journey makes perfect sense told in such a way. The see-sawing of storytelling not only enable Cathy to tell her story cohesively, but also creates a tug and pull relationship with the experiences of her destruction and her healing, leaving the reader unsure of which will win in the end. Also, interestingly, the older timeline begins to move much more rapidly than the current as her life spirals out of control, acting as a reflection of the feeling of not being able to stop the disaster that is coming.
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