Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
A spine-tingling, heart-pounding, page-turning read. Seriously, I would find myself reading this book, and then look up to check the time and it would be midnight. Elizabeth Haynes has written a brilliant first novel. It is a psychological thriller that literally makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, and I can't wait to see her next work. We begin by reading court transcripts, and are introduced to the characters, hearing HIS (read: the bad guy) side of the story. We then get a shining example of how bad this guy really is from a completely unrelated issue. Then it jumps forward a few years and we get a glimpse into the life of a woman who has some serious problems. And then the story begins... I will be honest, there are some disturbing scenes in this book, as well as some language. We get to take an incredible journey with Catherine, watching her fall prey to a man who is insane. The signs are subtle, but the author has pegged this controlling behavior so well that it is clear she has done her homework. We also learn about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and get to see some of the ways it can be dealt with. I recommend this book, but again will state that there are some scenes that will stay with you for a while, and the language can be rough. It will, however, provide you with all the information you need to spot controlling behavior so you can run the other way when you see it. Read on!