Book Tour & GIVEAWAY: ‘Into the Darkest Corner’ by Elizabeth Haynes

Into the Darkest Corner

by Elizabeth Haynes

Harper

Pub. Date:   June 5, 2012

Book received from: Publisher via TLC Book Tours

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I’ve not tried to challenge him on any of this.  I know it’s wrong.  I know he’s got me completely controlled.  The fact that I know all this is my own private rebellion.  He doesn’t know what’s going on in my head.  He doesn’t know that I am going to seek an opportunity to escape, or that I know I can only attempt this once.  He will kill me, I know he will, if I mess this up.

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Into the Darkest Corner is a book that is impossible to ignore once started.  As we follow Cathy’s story from a carefree twenty-something, into the depths of a destructive relationship- and back again- there is no emotion untapped.  This is a harrowing yet perfectly told story of one woman’s struggle to survive.  Through Cathy’s voice, we are taken on a journey that effects too many who are silenced throughout the world.

Haynes accomplishes what many have tried before her:  to give an accurate portrayal of the effects of domestic and sexual violence- and succeeds.  This book not only captures the warning signs, the identifying of a problem, the struggle to admit it, and the reactions and alienation from those around someone within the situation, but the aftermath and psychological damage that is often a  result.  Cathy is left to die by her boyfriend, and years later, she is struggling with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), as well as general trust issues and concerns for her safety.

The story is told with two coinciding timelines- one from 2003 and one from 2007.  As we are taken back and forth through time, what could be a confusing journey makes perfect sense told in such a way.  The see-sawing of storytelling not only enable Cathy to tell her story cohesively, but also creates a tug and pull relationship with the experiences of her destruction and her healing, leaving the reader unsure of which will win in the end.  Also, interestingly, the older timeline begins to move much more rapidly than the current as her life spirals out of control, acting as a reflection of the feeling of not being able to stop the disaster that is coming.

What is perhaps one of the most interesting things about Into the Darkest Corner is the feeling of anxiety one will inevitably experience.  As Cathy check and rechecks and rechecks her locks and windows, as she is driven by self-enforced rules that create barriers around her, and as she constantly checks her back, it becomes very clear why she does the things she does.  Her emotions pour off the page, and it becomes nearly impossible to not feel a level of stress while reading.

Into the Darkest Corner is a quick and fluid read, but a difficult one all the same.  It is not for the faint of heart.   It will take a piece of you with it, as the story is quietly and pointedly told.  It is violent.  It is graphic.  It is heart-wrenchingly raw.  It is real.  Haynes has delivered what many have tried, and she does so with grace.  There are no overdramatic scenes, although the depiction of intimate violence is certainly an extreme case.  What is most terrifying about the entire book is that not only could it happen, it undoubtedly has happened. What I most respect about the telling of Cathy’s story is that Haynes does not try to create a woman who becomes some badass, angry fighter, but rather gives us the reactions of someone very real and learning the strength she possesses, while she teeters on an emotional ledge.   This is a testament that there are sometimes no happy endings- merely happier than the alternatives.

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I received an extra ARC of ‘Into the Darkest Corner’, which I will pass on to one lucky reader.  To be entered, simply comment below & tell me what most appeals to you about this book, with your e-mail address in the comment.  
Must be at least 18-years-old and live in the US/CAN.  I will pick a winner by random June 21, 2012.

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Check out the entire blog tour calendar.

‘Into the Darkest Corner’ can be purchased at Amazon.com, as well as your local independent bookseller.

For more about Elizabeth Haynes, go to her website here.

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13 thoughts on “Book Tour & GIVEAWAY: ‘Into the Darkest Corner’ by Elizabeth Haynes

  1. This book appeals to me because 1) every review of it that I’ve seen is favorable and 2) amazon.uk named it their best [something] of 2011.

    Thank you for the offer.
    bethvollbach(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  2. You are so right – it is a sad reality that things like this do happen in today’s world. It makes for a page-turning story but also a sad reminder of how bad things are for some people.

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  3. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! Domestic violence is a tough topic and this book sounds like it does a good job with it! As you say, “it’s not for the faint of heart” but I would like to read it!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

    • I like that the author is able to discuss such an important issue on a very personal level, while making the reader realize that it really could be about anyone. Thanks for reading.

  4. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway, and the review!
    I am intrigued by the two intersecting timelines, and how that affects the story…and it also sounds like a great, heart-pounding thriller along with realistic protagonist.

    lilianxchengATgmail.com
    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

  5. Of the five comments, I notice that mine is the only one that answered your question. Maybe I’m the only one who read it?

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