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Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

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Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Published by Myriad Editions in 2011

In 2003 Catherine was a fun-loving, party-going young woman with a great group of friends.
In 2007 Cathy’s OCD has taken over her life. She shops only on even-numbered days, drinks tea at 4 exact times each day, avoids red clothing and spends so long checking and rechecking her door lock that she is often hours late going to work.

This dramatic transformation begins when she meets the charismatic Lee who seems almost too perfect to be true. However it is not too long before Cathy sees his dark side. Manipulative and controlling and eventually violent, Lee manages to persuade Cathy’s girlfriends that she’s a neurotic self-cutter inexplicably trying to reject the man who truly loves her and she is left with no one to turn to.

Driven into the darkest corner of her world, she plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything...

A disturbing but convincing portrayal of an abusive relationship, which makes those of us lucky enough not to have encountered such a situation, to question whether it really is so easy to walk away from, and to recognize the courage and strength required by those who do manage to escape.

‘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.’ The Guardian

‘A powerful psychological drama and portrayal of obsession.’ Daily Mail

‘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

Elizabeth Haynes is a police intelligence analyst. She lives in Kent. Into the Darkest Corner is her first novel.

On Tuesday 4th December representatives from Clare Haven Services attended DeValera library in Ennis to discuss ‘Into the Darkest Corner’ and how real life cases are often as shocking as fiction. Similar events were held in Kilrush and Shannon libraries during November.