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Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

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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 . . 

 

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Into the darkest corner had me gripped from the very first chapter, I couldn’t put it down, It went everywhere with me.

In 2003 , personal manager Catherine Bailey is confident and carefree, with a full but risky social life that involves drinking and socialising. In 2007 Cathy Bailey is frightened and withdrawn, crippled by the OCD rituals she follows to keep her emotions under control, to keep the panic and fear at bay.

In 2003, Cathy meets a somewhat mysterious but totally gorgeous man named lee. He’s closed-mouthed about his job, as she gets involved with the enigmatic figure, a man who can be loving and vulnerable, but also rough and controlling, her life changes in a major way.

This story is told in alternating narrative that switches between the two time dates: dates are clearly marked so that it is easy to distinguish the “when” of events. They are two court transcripts that explain certain instances, which i really enjoyed, i liked how it switched between past and present tense.

This story touches on stalking, PTSD, sexual assault, domestic violence and the devastating effects of those in manipulation and physiological terror. OCD is very realistically described. It is Impossible not to feel empathy with the main character and to cheers her on as she gains control of her life. A real page turner with a chilling end.

Elizabeth Haynes gives the reader a riveting plot with a twist or two, several nail-biting climaxes and some bombshell revelations that will have them gasping and i absolutely loved it!!

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