Sunday, July 8, 2012
Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Cathy Bailey is a single professional woman living in London. But she is far from a happy-go-lucky woman. Instead, she is a former victim of domestic violence who is trying to put her life back together. The victim of a horrendous attack that sent her to the hospital and then to the psychiatric ward as she tried to deal with what happened, she is now desperately trying to put her life back together.
Cathy's attacker was sent to jail, but for only three years. That three years is now up and Cathy is sure that he is coming back to look for her. Didn't he always say that she was his no matter what? Didn't he say that he couldn't live without her and that no one else would have her if he couldn't?
Cathy is trying to get stronger, but she is petrified by her fears. She spends hours checking doors and windows, refusing to go out except to work. She trusts no one. She has panic attacks that cripple her for hours. She dresses in frumpy clothes that she hopes disguises her body and makes her unnoticable in a crowd.
Things start to change when the upstairs flat in her building is rented to a doctor, Stuart. Stuart and Cathy become friends, and with his encouragement, Cathy starts to deal with her OCD and PTSD. Then, it all starts again. Little things are different in her apartment. She thinks she sees her attacker several times. Is he coming back for her or is she just imagining the danger?
Into The Darkest Corner is Elizabeth Haynes debut novel. It was Amazon UK's Best Book Of The Year. Haynes is a police intelligence analyst, and her work allows her to chart the progression of this terror with heart stopping details. The book is compelling and almost impossible to put down; the reader needs to determine what will happen to Cathy. This book is recommended for thriller readers.