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"Into the Darkest Corner" is a compelling first novel.

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This was one of those gripping reads where it’s painful to put it down. I was glued to my audio-book throughout a weekend, gasping at times in horror. The narration was excellent. Although most of it is from Karen Cass with her lovely English accent we do have David Thorpe’s wonderful performance as well (also an English accent). I have to thank the lovely Keertana for putting Into the Darkest Corner on my radar because I thoroughly enjoyed the thrilling ride!

Into the Darkest Corner, however, is the perfect blend of thriller, horror, and contemporary fiction--all just with a hint of romance. Make no mistake, Haynes's novel is a dark one. Within these pages you will find graphic and gruesome detailing of an abusive relationship, domestic violence, and rape. Yet, it is an impeccably written and thought-provoking account of the type of day-to-day horrors people experience--and we often want to forget. Into the Darkest Corner is told in alternating timelines of 2004 and 2008. In 2004 Catherine Bailey went to a bar in a red silk dress and began an intense relationship with a man she met there, Lee. In 2008 Cathy Bailey lives alone in an apartment, aloof from her co-workers and neighbors, frantically checking and re-checking her locks for fear of her ex-boyfriend, currently in jail.

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The Dark Corner
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Directed by Henry Hathaway
Produced by Fred Kohlmar
Screenplay by Bernard C. Schoenfeld
Jay Dratler
Based on a story in Good Housekeeping 
by Leo Rosten
Starring Lucille Ball
Clifton Webb
William Bendix
Mark Stevens
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge
Emil Newman (musical direction)
Cinematography Joseph MacDonald
Edited by J. Watson Webb Jr.
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
April 9, 1946 (1946-04-09TUnited States)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Into the Darkest Corner has 36,601 ratings and 4,155 reviews

Into the Darkest Corner was suspenseful, riveting, and disturbing. The story is unsettling because of how realistic it was. I’m sure something of what happened to Cathy has probably happened or is happening as I write this review. Four years ago Cathy fell for Lee who is equal parts good looking, intense, and charming. From that point on her life slowly turns into hell.

A word of warning right from the start this is not the sought of book for the sentive or faint hearted. Right from the opening passege we are presented with a brutal murder of a women described is such detail the likes ive not read since . But if you are not put of by that than you will be rewarded with what is a fabulous read. The book for one was for me the most real in terms of storyline and characters ive read. I just wanted to hug Catherine and be there for her and in truth didnt even care for the plot wich was equally first class with Lee being the perfect villan. Haynes did a brillaint job of building Lee up from what seems a charming loving man into what he really was, manipulative, controlling and violent. At no stage did i find the story unbelievable and found myself constantly frightened for Catherine. While i new something was going to happen towards the end i was shocked on how it all panned out. At times i almost felt i didnt want to read it but i just coudnt stop for what despite the violence and the pysicological effects i found to be a beautiful read. If you have ever wondered why women in many cases cannot just walk away from a violent relationship then Into the Darkest Corner will give you a great insight into answering that.