Winner of the Amazon Best Book of the Year, 2011
Into the Darkest Corner is an edgy and powerful thriller that asks the most terrifying questions: What if the person you love isn't who you thought they were? What if they are so convincing even your closest friends can't see the truth? What if they won't let you go?
Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Lee is gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous - almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell.
But there is a darker side to Lee. As his behavior becomes increasingly erratic and controlling Catherine is more and more isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, cut off from her friends and unable to trust anyone, she plans her escape. And she succeeds. Four years later, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe. But is she?
Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst. She lives in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son. Into the Darkest Corner, her first novel, was the winner of the Amazon Rising Stars, and was Amazon's Best Book of the Year. It has been translated into fifteen languages. Her second novel is Revenge of the Tide.
'Check the locks on your doors and windows and surrender to this obsessive thriller.' Karin Slaughter
'What these man-terrorises-woman thrillers offer may be an understanding of domestic violence, and why women find it so hard to leave such men.' Weekend Herald
'Haynes combines writing skill with a thorough knowledge of her subject, painting a vivid and credible portrait of an intelligent young woman who, in thrall to her handsome boyfriend, overlooks the early signs of an abusive relationship and becomes its prisoner.' Weekend Press
'Fine writing makes it a very readable novel as well as a disturbing one.' Listener
'As a psychological thriller, it has all the fascination of a good horror film combined with the terror of a bad nightmare from which you are desperate to wake up: take your pick. In either case, it's riveting...A tour de force.' Sydney Morning Herald
'From its uncompromising prologue - a young woman being bludgeoned to death in a ditch - Haynes's powerful account of domestic violence is disquieting, yet unsensationalist. This is a gripping book on a topic which can never be highlighted enough.' Guardian
'I love this book. It has just the right mix of terror, paranoia and 'things that go bump in the night' to keep you looking over your own shoulder for your own past demons. Elizabeth Haynes is a very talented new face in the murky world of crime fiction and definitely a name to look out for in the future. Very highly recommended.' Eurocrime
'A harrowing psychological thriller...This is a terrifying and convincing portrayal of an abusive relationship and a damaged woman's heroic attempts to recover from it.' Publishers Weekly
'A powerful psychological drama and portrayal of obsession.' Daily Mail