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Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
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Mar 25, 2012

really liked it
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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 mouth or an individual to explain the voice I heard.

I understood Cathy’s character, but I couldn’t really identify with her. Rather than seeking out help or even fully recognizing her emotional disorder, she chooses to bury it and attempt to move on with her life, but she seems to fail somewhat miserably in her effort. I wrote those two sentences about a quarter of the way through the novel and before I completely understood her character. Needless to say, I’m willing to admit how wrong I was. She’s a freaking trooper, and four years later she’s lucky to be walking the Earth, all trust issues, anxiety, and OCD aside.

She may have to check a lock six times but it’s what helps her push through, to make it from one moment to the next, even if those moments turn into hours, and she has to repeat the process three or four times to help her feel truly safe. Catherine Bailey may have been a twenty-four year old carefree, fun-loving individual, but Cathy Bailey is one tough, yet emotionally damaged woman, and she’s not going down without a fight.

I had a hard time understanding that woman. You know, the one that stays in a relationship even when it starts going horribly wrong, and the boyfriend/husband/lover suddenly turns into a wife beating, knife yielding maniac who carves up his beloved like she’s some kind of Christmas ham. After reading this novel, I understand the dynamics of that particular relationship a bit better. And it kind of freaks me out.

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Reading Progress

March 25, 2012 – Shelved
March 11, 2013 – Started Reading
March 14, 2013 – Finished Reading
September 15, 2013 – Shelved as: kindle-deals
December 20, 2013 – Shelved as: robert-s-reads

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Maggie This was one of the best books I have ever read. I think we all have an idea about abusive relationships and what sort of people are involved in them - but this book shows it can happen to anyone. I mean Cathy is by no means a stupid woman but just gets sucked in bit by bit. What really got me was her friends (of many years) who didn't believe her and sided with the boyfriend (but then I suppose being a cop he was plausible). The OCD descriptions were fascinating and really well written A very brave woman. A fantastic book.


Robert Maggie wrote: "This was one of the best books I have ever read. I think we all have an idea about abusive relationships and what sort of people are involved in them - but this book shows it can happen to anyone...."

I wholeheartedly agree. Like you mentioned, the scariest aspect was even Cathy's friends didn't believe her, and automatically and rather emphatically turned away from her.


Sarina The way you described it to be a slow burn, just pulled me in. Now I am more than eager to find out what happened to Cathy and how she is dealing with it or recovering from it...

Your review, with all your feels about Cathy pouring out of your heart was a treat to read. If a book can induce such a powerful review, the book must be a gem.

So, thank you, with all other reviewers, for helping me find a book I'm afraid will affect me deeply; not knowing whether I will be able to bear it or not... and yet, I cannot NOT read it...


Robert Sarina wrote: "The way you described it to be a slow burn, just pulled me in. Now I am more than eager to find out what happened to Cathy and how she is dealing with it or recovering from it...

Your review, wit..."


Thanks Sarina.

Deeply personal reads are often the scariest and the most gratifying. I often find the same happens with my writing.


Betsy Boo good review!


Robert Thanks Betsy!


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