Wednesday, 12 August 2015

bookworm #37


Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

I was recommended this on twitter several months ago and popped it on my ever-expanding 'to read' list. Since then I've seen several people mention it, and for good reason. This book is excellent!

Into The Darkest Corner is the first novel written by Haynes, a police intelligence analyst. It tells the story of Catherine and like so many books now is written in alternate chapters; one present, one past. Although I am starting to tire of this format (it seems to be the case for nearly everything I read at the moment!) it was a way of telling us about why Catherine behaves in the way she does. She has OCD and her many compulsions include checking the safety of her flat meticulously. Checking the front door, the lock and handle, windows, curtains - leaving everything just so, so she'd be able to tell if he'd be in her home. 'He' is Lee, her ex-partner who we learn from the blurb on the back was erratic and controlling. As you read you learn more and more about Catherine's compulsions, and in turn why she has them. 

I took this book to Devon with me last week and sped through it in just a few days. I found it completely gripping - more than a little creepy in places and scarily 'real'. I read somewhere the scary thing about this book is you can just see it happening, it really could happen. And that's so true. It does happen, I'm sure to many women (and men). Some parts of the book turned my stomach and many left me completely dumb-struck. 

Into The Darkest Corner has confirmed to me that I love a mystery/crime/thriller novel. This was a total page-turner and I found myself going to bed early just so I could read, or tucked up on the arm chair reading instead of watching telly. Bravo!
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  1. I love when you find a book like this! I don't tend to gravitate towards crime/thrillers, but I find they're always the quickest to read....you can't help getting sucked in and wanting to read more! x

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  2. Oh, this book sounds exactly like my cup of tea! I do love a good thriller, especially when it is a real page turner that you just can't put down! It has swiftly been added to my Amazon basket :) If you're looking for another one to try, I just finished reading The Lie by C.L Taylor and thought that was brilliant!
    Nicole xx
    Life in Ginger

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  3. This sounds good. I may have to add it to my read list! I discovered a crime/thriller book series last year by M J Arlidge. I quite enjoyed them!

    Leanne

    Fancy read? Check out my latest post. Lush Reading & their Oxford St exclusives. x

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  4. This sounds good. I may have to add it to my read list! I discovered a crime/thriller book series last year by M J Arlidge. I quite enjoyed them!

    Leanne

    Fancy read? Check out my latest post. Lush Reading & their Oxford St exclusives. x

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