I recently read S.J. Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep and Lisa Scottoline’s Look Again, both amazing thrillers that kept me on up at night, turning pages until I learned their inevitable and shocking endings. I was hungry for another thriller so Savvy Reader recommended Into The Darkest Corner. I’m so glad I took their recommendation!
Elizabeth Haynes is a first-time author, but you’d never know it from this book. It’s an absolutely amazing read! Maybe it’s her work as a police intelligence analyst that gives her an edge in this book, but I highly doubt her crazed and gripping thriller is due to beginner’s luck. Into The Darkest Corner is the story of a woman, Catherine Bailey, who, at 24, thought she had met the perfect man. He was tall, strong, handsome, polite with her friends, and a perfect gentlemen. Or so everyone thought … Sure, he would act as the perfect boyfriend in public, but behind closed doors, Lee Brightman wasn’t all he seemed.
The novel goes between 2003, when Catherine and Lee first meet and 2007, when Catherine is now Cathy and Lee is serving three years in jail. The depth at which Haynes explores the mind of a severely abused woman is incredible. We’re not told anything specific from the start, just that Lee Brightman is in jail, and Cathy is now living in London. We learn everything from the dated chapters, both the ones from the past and the present. We learn first-hand how Lee acts around Catherine and how he acts around Catherine and her friends. Without knowing exactly what Lee has done to her, we can gather the horror of it through learning about Cathy in 2007, a 28-year-old woman who is terrified of everything and everyone, a woman who spends hours of her day checking and rechecking the locks on her doors and windows, a woman so severely damaged that she trusts no one and has no one left in her life, not even the people she thought were her friends.
Into The Darkest Corner is, by far, one of the best books I’ve read this year and definitely one of the best books I’ve read, period. Grab a copy and do as Karin Slaughter says in her back cover blurb, “Check the lock on your doors and windows and surrender to this obsessive thriller.”
Happy reading! 🙂