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Good - but flawed
on 25 July 2014
This book is a good example of ‘more is less’. For a start, at some 600 pages, it is too long – I think the author could have easily reduced it by about a third without losing any of the substance of the story. Secondly, I found the scenes which included sexual violence to be too graphic, although they are very successful in conveying the victim’s horrific circumstances. The two main characters, Lee and Cathy, are both well drawn and complex – I particularly liked the way the author shows Cathy developing as a person during 3 years covered by the story. However, I found it harder to connect with the story’s secondary characters, Stuart and Sylvia, who I thought were both a bit one-dimensional.
I understand that this is the first book by Elizabeth Haynes, and to that extent it's an impressive début - I'm sure any future books will be even better. Although ‘Into the darkest corner’ will probably appeal more to women readers, especially any who can relate to the victim’s plight, I found this a gripping book. However, it’s certainly not for the squeamish.