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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  74,083 ratings  ·  5,967 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, 450 pages
Published January 2nd 2013 by Harper (first published February 13th 2007)
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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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Tonya I thought he was involved as well. He seemed shady from the beginning. Once we found out that her friends had abandoned her, I figured one of them wou…moreI thought he was involved as well. He seemed shady from the beginning. Once we found out that her friends had abandoned her, I figured one of them would be involved with Lee. I almost wish Stuart would have been involved, I felt like there was a lot of build up and not a lot of action at the end. (less)

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Emily May
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
This book is rated highly by many of my Goodreads friends so I immediately put it on hold through C/W Mars and forgot all about it until I got that wonderful email telling me it was ready for me to download. Hurray! My turn finally.

Cathy meets the handsome and charming Lee and the two become instantly attracted to one another. One thing leads to another until they are both completely consumed with their intense relationship. While the relationship starts off simply enough as time goes by Cathy
Jennifer Masterson
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I read this book. It got me out of a book rut! Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes is a great psychological thriller about an abusive relationship that occurred in the past. The main character, Catherine Bailey, tries to overcome her trauma in the present while still dealing with the scary fact that her ex-boyfriend, Lee, who almost killed her is still very much alive. I really enjoyed reading about her struggle to overcome the PTSD and OCD that was triggered by this this hor ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Jan 16, 2014 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
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Well, this story was different from my usual read in Mystery/Thriller genres. This one wasn’t so complicated but at some point reading it was difficult because of the darkness within it. It’s unlike me to enjoy slow mystery but I really liked this one. This story keeps you on the edge of your seat and you can’t put it down. It was really well-written and characters were perfect.

Cathy has OCD but her OCD doesn’t do anything with checking windows, curtains and her flat door six times a da
Brenda ~Traveling Sister is frustrated with GR
I read Into The Darkest Corner on a recommendation from my sister Norma. I am not sure if this would have been one I would've chosen for myself. I am really glad I took Norma's recommendation and read this one.

I found The Darkest Corner to be a dark, disturbing, and interesting book.

The story is told in alternating chapters switching timelines with the before when once lively, fun loving and party girl Catherine meets handsome, charming and mysterious Lee and we follow their relationship as it
Sean Barrs
I met Elizabeth Haynes at a book talk a couple of years ago now and she seemed liked a really nice person. She was so friendly and signed my copy of this book. It contrast her novel is not nice. It’s anything but. It’s dark and gripping, and it’s about a very fucked up man.

This is not the sort of thing that I usually go for, psychological thrillers usually bore the hell out of me because they try too hard to be clever and turn the plot into a labyrinth. Haynes keeps it simple, and simple works
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not sure why I took so long to get around to this book since I knew it was getting really good ratings from friends whose reading tastes I trust! Anyway I eventually picked it up on Monday evening and finished it on Tuesday. It was worth waiting for!
This is a psychological thriller of the best kind, one where you know something awful is waiting just around the corner and you need to keep on turning those pages until you find out what happens. Watching the main character's OCD moments was pa
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
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
An exceptionally good psychological thriller that kept me on edge for most of the book. Written with alternating past and present threads, it relates how Cathy, a carefree single party girl fell in love with the handsome Lee, undercover policeman, and how he gradually took over control of her life and every movement. Obsessed with her and constantly watching her, he becomes abusive and turns her into a fearful wreck. Four years later while Lee has been in jail for nearly killing her, Cathy suffe ...more
Karin Slaughter
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Caroline Roberts
Sep 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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!

Debbie "DJ"
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite, on-kindle
Brilliant,this book starts off to a court case,going back and forth telling a story how she met Lee, to how she was not coping with ocd.she was struggling to cope with her past with Lee till she met her neighbour.This story build up till it exploded, with Lee not being the person she knew from the start.incredible story.worth more than 5* rating.recommend this book as so good.great writing.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good!

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 25, 2012 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
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-company
This was WILD. A total page turner and probably one of the most anxiety-inducing books I've ever read. I felt Cathy's dread, and the build up was intense. Actually it was mostly build-up, and I'd say the resolution was slightly underwhelming. On top of that I think it was a tad too long and repetitive for my liking, though that repetition definitely did contribute to the sense of unease and anxiety that characterizes Cathy and this book in general. Overall I was hooked and really enjoyed the rea ...more
Ivana - Diary of Difference
Couldn't be better! I love this book. ...more
Aug 23, 2014 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 25, 2013 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
Me: sees a new book being released with a beautiful cover and unique plot.

Goes out and buys all the versions.

Starts a buddy read with a bunch of people online.


Then instead of keeping up with the buddy read she get distracted by this beauty!

I started Into the Darkest Corner Thursday night & finished it by Fridays night. It's highly addictive. It's a must read for Psychological Thriller fans.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Another thriller based on domestic abuse. I rated this 5 stars but as I read it weeks ago, my book memory is hopeless! Scary is the prospect that even the closest friend of the abused do not believe the victim. Chilling! Then for one of those friends to end up a part of the mess as well. It was edge of your seat stuff and rewarding reading about such a strong woman. The crazy lengths that the abuser will go to were deplorable, but interesting the support and advice the victim could use to her be ...more
Erin Shull
Jun 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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