REVIEW: Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Alternating between two different periods that are four years apart, this book looks at how one relationship can take over your life forever. Catherine is just your normal woman looking for a great guy. So of course, when she meets this attractive and charming man out of the blue, she goes with it. As their relationship progresses, Lee becomes more demanding, controlling, and domineering. Catherine feels more and more alone, until one day she runs away from her entire life for good. Four years later, Catherine is suffering for obsessive compulsive disorder. She moves around constantly so that she feels safe and to prevent people from getting suspicious about her past. She finally finds a place where she begins to get help with her OCD and to maybe find a more permanent stability to her life – until one phone call rips her out of her reverie.
This suspenseful novel is a wonderful summer read. It is so fast paced that you will want to reread certain passages just so you don’t miss any details. I am not going to lie – it took me about 80 pages to really get into the book. At first, there are way too many switches in time and location, but after a while, the book gets into this great rhythm – alternating between Catherine’s past and present. Each switch in time gives you new information of where Catherine has been and why her present is the mess that it is. How can a person so happy with her life turn into a psychological wreck so quickly? This novel shows how abuse comes in many shapes and forms, and that even once you think you are ready to move on, something might jerk you back to that horrible past.
Catherine is such a wonderful main character – told in her perspective, the story continually left me wondering what would happen on the next page. White the plot is quickly paced, the descriptions of Catherine’s OCD can be a little dull, but they are necessary in illustrating how difficult the simplest actions can be. I would have given the book 4 stars if it hadn’t taken me so long to get into at the beginning. A moving, suspenseful book to get you started with your summer reading.
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