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Review: INTO THE DARKEST CORNER, Elizabeth Haynes

Into The Darkest Corner, by Elizabeth Haynes. Review by Barbara Copperthwaite

"EVERYONE who loves psychological thrillers should read Elizabeth Haynes"


Catherine has been enjoying single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. But there is a dark side to him and his erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, she plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything...


Okay, okay, I know I am so very late to this party, but I decided it was worth blogging anyway just in case there was one other person in the world who hasn’t already discovered this incredible author. Because EVERYONE who loves psychological thrillers should read Elizabeth Haynes.

Into The Darkest Corner got under my skin and into my head. It’s disturbing, uncomfortable, and from the very first page it filled me with dread; I knew I was in for a treat. My skin was prickling with unease, my brain whirling with possible scenarios; it’s fair to say I devoured this book.

The subtle and sinister ways in which people can be manipulated into doubting themselves is so realistically portrayed. How a ‘normal’ relationship can quickly turn toxic, and logic become twisted. Elizabeth Haynes also perfectly captures the breathless, claustrophobic feeling of a woman trapped within her own routines and fears. Just how much of what she is going through is real and how much is paranoia?

Into The Darkest Corner is such an incredibly good read that it has instantly propelled its author to the top of my favourites list. I’ve bought her back catalogue, and will be working my way steadily through it. I can’t wait!

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