Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

into darkest cornerBlurb from, please scroll down for my review.

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 nature. Disturbed by his increasingly erratic, controlling behavior, she tries to break it off; turning to her friends for support, she’s stunned to find they don’t believe her. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.

Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—is trying to build a new life in a new city. Though her body has healed, the trauma of the past still haunts her. Then Stuart Richardson, her attractive new neighbor, moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hope and the possibility of love and a normal life.

Until the day the phone rings . . .

My Review.

After loads of recommendations I finally got around to reading this one, and I started reading this without a clue as to what it is about, except that it is a psychological thriller, nothing else, so I had no idea what to expect which was great.

I thought the first 30% was very slow, and I wasn´t far from giving up, but there were many people saying how wonderful the novel is I kept going, and wow, I am very pleased cause from then on it got better and better and better until the last page when I went wow. There is a bit of a cliffhanger, I wonder if there will be a sequel.

I thought the visits to the pub and the drinking went on a little unnecessarily. I got the point quickly.


I had a difficult time understanding her; why not ask for help and in the earlier section I was wondering why stay with him if these nasty things are happening, I don´t have the answer I have never been in a situation like this but I am sure there are people who can relate.

It is written in two different times, jumping backwards and forwards in each chapter and it works really well, written in the first person, from the point of view of Cathy the whole book.

There are some moments in the book which are slightly graphic and there are moments that a rather creepy. I can relate to the tea thing, no one is allowed to add milk to my tea, I have to get the color right, lol

elizabeth haynesAbout the Author
My name is Elizabeth Haynes and I’m a writer living in Kent, in the South East of England.
I’ve been writing stories as long as I’ve been able to write. I remember my stories being passed around the playground at school, who knows – somebody reading this may remember that too. You may have chosen to forget. I bought a second-hand electric typewriter when I was about thirteen, possibly from a jumble sale, more likely from the Friday-Ad. It was supposed to be portable but I could barely lift it. I spent many a happy rainy weekend hammering out masterpieces on it, not having any clear purpose in mind, it was just something I had to do.
In October 2005 a friend introduced me to National Novel Writing Month ( ), the site I’d been waiting for all my life. It’s an annual challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. There is no grand prize other than the right to call yourself a novelist at the end of it; no reason to do it other than for the sense of achievement you get afterwards. The novel doesn’t have to be good, it just has to be written. And who knows, at the end of it you might have something worth editing. The whole point is just to get over writer’s block, to get over the self-doubt – to carry on even thought it feels like what’s being written is rubbish.
In 2005 I wrote a laughable serial killer-thriller in which the characters consisted entirely of people I knew. I also had two characters called Simon, which was a huge mistake. I thought I’d been extra clever, since in real life we all have friends with the same name, don’t we? But it doesn’t happen in novels, for a good reason. It’s horrendously confusing, and of course can’t be easily fixed by using Find/Replace!
Nevertheless, I did it – I wrote 50,000 words in a month, the story had a beginning, a middle and an ending (although a hard disk failure meant I lost the last 5,000 words – learn from me – back up, back up, back up.)
In 2006 I had a pretty decent plot and some good characters. By the end of November I’d written more than 50,000 words and I was less than half way through the actual story.
In 2007 I cheated and carried on writing the 2006 novel, which hadn’t been touched for a year. I don’t recommend cheating at NaNoWriMo, in whatever form. It’s not nearly so much fun. In any case, I got to the end of the month and I was up to 130,000 words and still hadn’t finished it.
In 2008 I wrote the first draft of Into the Darkest Corner. I enjoyed writing it, and at the beginning of December I thought my 56,000 words weren’t half bad. I left it alone for a few months and then started tinkering with it again, adding some scenes and moving other bits about. Two of my friends were badgered into reading it, and to my surprise they both liked it. I started wondering if it might actually be worth trying to edit it, to see if it was something I could actually send off. Unfortunately I’m useless at editing, so I got some help from Greg Mosse, who very kindly put me in touch with Myriad Editions, and after that things got very exciting indeed.


Book Details
Genre:  psychological thriller
• File Size: 1091 KB
• Print Length: 611 pages
• Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062201433
• Publisher: Myriad Editions (February 14, 2011)
• Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
• Language: English
• ASIN: B006WB7IN8

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