Into the Darkest Corner (Book Review)

image1I first read Into the Darkest Corner a few years ago and – ‘loved’ feels like the wrong word for this kind of book – I loved it.  I picked it up again recently and devoured it over a weekend which, for someone who bangs on about how much time she doesn’t have, was no mean feat.

I’ll try not to give away any spoilers so bear with…

Into the Darkest Corner is a heavy, psychological thriller which follows the relationship between Catherine Bailey and a handsome, charismatic nut job called Lee.

I know I was drawn in by Hans Frozen but generally I’m a good judge of character, I knew Lee was a wrong ‘un from the off. Sort of. Although Haynes does brilliantly at setting the scene and creating a romantic smokescreen making Lee seem ‘oh so dreamy’ so that, like Catherine, by the time you fully realise just how bat shit crazy he is, it’s far too late.

The book unfolds along two narratives; one chronicling the development of Catherine and Lee’s relationship, where we see Lee get more and more monstrous, building to ‘the incident’ (via a whole trail of hideous incidents along the way) and the other following Catherine’s life post-Lee. I enjoyed the split narrative , the contrast in the voices of Catherine pre and post Lee was a stark reminder of the devastation of domestic abuse.

The present part of the story is set after Lee has been charged for his crimes and sent to prison. Terrified of her own shadow and battling debilitating OCD and post traumatic stress, Catherine must try to continue with her life whilst knowing that Lee is due for release any day. It’s an incredibly intense read and there’s a growing sense of doom that builds steadily through both arcs of the story; you know you’re heading to some very scary places both in the past and the future. It’s a real edge-of-your-seat read.

Read it if:
You want a fast paced, challenging thriller.

Don’t read it if:
Domestic abuse and rape are triggers for you or you want something nice and gentle to read before bed – It’s a disturbing story that doesn’t skimp on violent details.

Let me know if you’ve read it and what you thought.

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  • Kerri

    It’s been ages since I’ve read a thriller. I might take a look on Audible to see if it’s on there 🙂

  • Christina L

    I have read this and it was so addictive..great review, i want to reread it now x

  • Hmm.. Harry Potter is about the limit of my scary so I’ll probably have to give this a miss!

  • Beccy

    I agree, I love this book although it certainly feels like the wrong word to use! I read it in about two days as well, as I couldn’t do anything until I had finished it. I think I may need to reread it although only last read it in December. I have to say though, that I did double-check everything in my house for a while afterwards! xx

  • I think you’ve convinced me to pop this on my list on Goodreads. I do love a good thriller!
    Debi x

  • I like fast paced stories and thrillers. Even though domestic abuse and rape scenes always make me uncomfortable it still sounds like a good book! and not boring at all… I don’t like boring. 😉


  • It’s really well done I think so would definitely be worth a go if you can find it. Bet it sounds super creepy out loud too! Yep, said ‘super creepy’, deal with it.
    M x

  • So glad you liked it, it’s a real page turner eh?
    On the lookout for something else by her now.
    M x

  • Yeah…it’s not for the fainthearted. Or those who value their sleep!
    M x

  • I definitely did a whole lot of checking around the place afterwards.
    And one of the kids had put the cutlery away in the wrong sections of the drawer…set me back a week. Gits.
    M x

  • I really hope you ‘enjoy’ it as much as I did. It’s completely gripping.
    M x

  • Those bits are hard going, I can’t lie. But they are really relevant to the story – only by hearing what he put her through can you really understand how broken Catherine becomes and all of her subsequent behaviours.
    Really worth a read.
    M x

  • Anna

    this sounds like a very interesting read! 🙂 xxx

  • Definitely worth a go, it’s cracking!
    M x