Catherine Bailey has been enjoying the single life long enough to know a catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell.
But what begins as flattering attentiveness and passionate sex turns into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon learns there is a darker side to Lee. His increasingly erratic, controlling behaviour becomes frightening, but no one believes her when she shares her fears. 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—compulsively checks the locks and doors in her apartment, trusting no one. But when an attractive upstairs neighbour, Stuart, comes into her life, Cathy dares to hope that happiness and love may still be possible . . . until she receives a phone call informing her of Lee’s impending release. Soon after, Cathy thinks she catches a glimpse of the former best friend who testified against her in the trial; she begins to return home to find objects subtly rearranged in her apartment, one of Lee’s old tricks. Convinced she is back in her former lover’s sights, Cathy prepares to wrestle with the demons of her past for the last time.
Utterly convincing in its portrayal of obsession, Into the Darkest corner is an ingeniously structured and plotted tour de force of suspense that marks the arrival of a major new talent.
Every once in a while I read a book that just keeps me glued to the pages. This was one of them. My normal time frame these days to read a book is two or more weeks. This one I fished in three days even staying up past my normal bedtime so I could finish it.
So words to describe the book. Brutal, Riveting, Exhausting. All of those and then some. The book goes back and forth in time. From her past with Lee to her present with her OCD, terrors, and Stuart. It did take a little bit to get used to how it was written, but I found that watching how she came to fall victim to Lee, made it easier to see how her OCD came to be.
The psychological terror she endured was downright horrible and at times it made it rough to read passages. It made me cry in frustration watching her fall victim to Lee. Especially when at the same time I was watching the result unfold with every turn of the lock, twist of the doorknob, and straightening of the curtains.
This book was everything I thought it would be and then some. I will leave you forewarned however. There is violence, rape and torture. It's not for the weak stomached but it's a dang good read.
Author's Website: Elizabeth Haynes