Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TLC Book Review: Into the Darkest Corner

Into the Darkest Corner
Elizabeth Haynes

410 pages
Released: January 2013

Read:  January 2013

"When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Bright-man, 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 dashing good looks hide a dark, violent nature.
Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—is trying to build a new life for herself. Trusting no one, she compulsively checks every lock of her apartment and varies her route home each day. Then an attractive new neighbor moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hope and the possibility of a normal life.
Until the day the phone rings."

So, wow. That's pretty much it, in a nutshell.  No reader would ever know that this was a debut novel.  No way.  Ms. Haynes writes with all the experience of an author of many novels.  I think maybe we all know someone who has been in an abusive relationship.  With that said, be prepared because the author tells all, hiding nothing.  No sugar coating here.  The characters are very defined and the story is superb.  At first, I was reminded of the writing style of The Time Traveler's Wife.  The back and forth timelines, the slow progression of impending disaster. The reader knows it's coming, but the slow rate at which it's relayed is unbelievable.


Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst. She started writing fiction in 2006 with the annual challenge of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the encouragement of the creative writing courses at West Dean College. She lives in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son. Visit her at elizabeth-haynes.com, connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.


Thanks you to Trish at TLC Book Tours for allowing me to review this novel!  Please stop by and visit all the wonderful reviewers on this tour.

1 comment:

heathertlc said...

Definitely doesn't sounds like a debut novel, that's for sure!

Thanks for being on the tour.