Thursday, March 3, 2016
Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
I finished this book for our March Mystery Book Club (MBC), a couple of weeks ago. We are postponing our discussion about it until April, but I heard murmurs of anything from "I loved it! to I hated it!"
"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 . "
Well....this book is pretty violent and graphic. If that bothers you, don't read it. If you can skim those parts, and stay with the story, it is quite suspenseful and scary. I almost didn't continue with it but wanted to see the "bad guy" get what he deserved.
It goes between past events and current events culminating when the two time periods meet. It was hard to put down, but some of it was hard to read. I didn't find Catherine as strong or resourceful as Lizbeth Salander in "The Girl" series. The ending was somewhat different than I thought it would be which provoked interesting emotions, without saying too much.
This was Elizabeth Haynes first novel:
"My first novel Into the Darkest Corner was published by Myriad Editions in February 2011 and was featured on Channel 4′s TV Book Club. It was selected as one of Amazon UK’s Rising Stars and went on to win Amazon UK Best Book of 2011."