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text 2016-09-30 03:19
September Read Roundup
Kings of the Promised Land: A Novel - Justin Gabriel,Anna O'Brien,Vanessa Moore,Rene Holt,Deb Haggerty
The Awakening - Brett McBean,Pete Kahle,James Newman
Federal Underground (Penn Mitchell's Ancient Alien Saga) - Jeff Bennington
The Daughters of Palatine Hill: A Novel - Phyllis T. Smith
The Yeti: A Novel - Rick Chesler,Jack Douglas
Rapture Theory: Book One: Rise of the Antichrist - Cliff Winn,Christine Winn
Carnival - William W. Johnstone
Awakening: The Prequel To Charlotte (The Charlotte Chronicles Book 2) - Stuart Keane
Into the Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes

A good month! I read 26 books and reached my goal of reading 200 books for the year!

The books above were my top 9 reads for the month, with the first 3 being 5 star reads and the rest 4 stars. The other 17 were broke down into 10- 3 star reads, 6- 2 star reads and one DNF.

 

Of my top 3 reads, I cannot recommend, "The Awakening" by Brett McBean enough, especially if you liked, "Boy's Life" by Robert R, McCammon. 

 

"Kings of the Promised Land" is an excellent re-telling of the biblical story of King Saul and David. I'm still actually reading it, but I love it and should be done with it tomorrow.

 

"Federal Underground" is a thriller, shock full of conspiracy theories and malevolent aliens.

That was a fun read :)

 

 

 

Looking forward to October, not because of the holiday, as it's just another day for me, but because they show lots of scary movies on TV, and I love to watch them. So, with my reading goal out of the way, I am going to take it easy, curl up on my comfy bed with some popcorn and prepare to be scared!

 

Hope you all have a great October!

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review 2014-10-19 00:00
Into the Darkest Corner
Into the Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes 4.5 stars

Because of the time of year, and my love of Halloween and all things scary, I have been more in the mood to read suspense/thriller books than anything else. While trying to find a good one on Amazon, I came across this gem on the top 100 best seller Kindle list. It was getting some great reviews, and a few of my Goodreads friends had enjoyed it, so I decided to give it a try.

What a fantastic thriller. It really had me creeped out at times, and I admit had me a little jumpy while I was reading it late at night. I love when I find a good suspense that can scare me like that. This book is definitely intense and captivating.

The thing about suspense/mystery novels is that it's hard to do a proper review of them without giving any of the goods away. I prefer to go into these books completely blind, having only read the synopsis. If I have even the smallest part of the story ruined for me, it ruins my entire experience. I LOVE the element of surprise and try to avoid spoilers at all costs.

That being said, I don't want to give away anything about this book. The best part of reading it was the constant suspense and the not knowing who you could trust and believe. I couldn't read it fast enough, and I admit the length of the book is the only issue I had. I loved it, but felt like sometimes things were drawn out a little too much and the book could have been shorter. I was dying to get to the end and see how everything played out, and I'm the most impatient person in the world.

A wonderful thriller for those of you that enjoy this genre. I plan to look for more books by this author in the future!
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review 2014-08-06 00:00
Into the Darkest Corner
Into the Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes Into the Darkest Corner is a wholly believable dark thriller and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I could not bring myself to put it down at times. The psychological elements rung absolutely true to me as a reader and the OCD elements truly helped shape Catherine as a character. I found myself cringing at the thought of Lee reappearing and having Catherine's mental torment become real once more. The suspense was exceptionally well built-up and I found myself not wanting the novel to end, but at the same time Catherine became rather real to me and I wanted her to have a HEA.

I knew it was locked, but I had to check nevertheless. As I checked it, six times, one-two-three-four-five-six, I told myself it was locked. I locked it last night. I remember locking it. I remember checking it. I remember checking it for fucking hours. Even so, it might not be locked, I might have made a mistake. What if I’d unlocked it again, without realizing? What if something went wrong with the checking, and I wasn’t paying attention.Loc3393


After a while, my breathing calm, back to normal, I wondered if I should go upstairs and knock on his door. I found myself having the conversation in my head: Oh, hello. Did you knock? I was in the shower . . . No, that wouldn’t do it—how would I have known it was him? Again, I heard my mantra coming unwanted into my mind: This isn’t normal. This isn’t how normal people think. Fuck off, world—what the hell is normal anyway? Loc560



The relationship between Catherine and Lee, while never feeling wholly right to me (either because I knew what was to come or because I just don't like Lee's type even without the psychotic behavior, I can't say) was a good examination of how slowly a relationship can become something from a crime show. While the behaviors in the beginning were not terribly likable, they were not glaring signs pointing to an end that will likely see Catherine dead. So he has a secretive job? Odd but there could very well be a good explanation. He disappears for days...again, could be that job. There were just so many elements of Lee's behavior that could be explained by something on the straight and narrow that Catherine continually dismisses her gut feelings. And if anything can be taken from this tale it is that a woman should trust her gut.

It was heartbreaking to watch how Lee was also able to manipulate not only Catherine but those around her, leaving her completely alone and easier prey.

“With Lee. I’m just—sometimes I’m just a bit scared.”

At last she stopped what she was doing. “Why are you scared? You’re not scared of Lee, surely—he’s wonderful. Are you scared of losing him, somehow?”

I paused while I tried to find the right words. “He’s not always wonderful.”

“You been having fights?”

“Sort of, I guess. I don’t know—I’ve been tired, he’s been working a lot. When I do see him it always seems to be on his terms, and he doesn’t like me going out without him anymore.”

Sylvia sighed. “To be fair, though, honey, he’s kind of got a point. Look at the way you were—the way we all were—when he met you. You were going out every night you could with the sole intention of flirting. No wonder he’s nervous about letting you out.”

I didn’t say anything, so she went on, “You’re in a relationship now, hon. It’s a whole different ball game.” Her voice softened a little. “Lee’s a good man, Catherine. Don’t forget some of the complete shits you’ve been out with. I’m sure he’s just being protective of you. And not only is he totally fucking gorgeous, but he loves you, he really does. Everyone said that, after the dinner party. He’s so obviously completely and totally in love with you. That’s what we’re all waiting for. I wish I had that. I wish I had what you have.”

“I know.” I was trying not to let her hear my tears.
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Both major characters in the book (aside from Lee), Catherine and Stuart, were immensely likable. I think this made Catherine's tale all the harder to swallow, especially as it does happen to women all around the world, in some way everyday. Stuart was a calming, non-pushy presence for Catherine, one she severely needed. However, I do think that Stuart “happening” to be a psychologist was a bit too convenient seeing as he moved into the apartment upstairs, but I was more than happy to overlook this seeing as how well the plot was laid out otherwise.

“Do you know what the worst thing was?” I said at last, into his shoulder. “It wasn’t sitting in there, in that room, waiting for him to come back and kill me. It wasn’t being hit, it wasn’t the pain, it wasn’t even being raped. It was that afterward nobody, not even my best friend, believed me.” I sat back then, looked out at the river, a barge going slowly past, downstream. “I need you to believe me, Stuart. I need that more than I’ve ever needed anything in my whole life.” Loc4237


Overall the story was rather realistic, however, there were moments that I found difficult to accept. For instance, Catherine is attempting to overcome all of her fears and at times feels claustrophobic in dealing with them. One such instance found her deciding to be brash and investigate what sounded like someone breaking into the apartment downstairs. She then essentially makes her way to the apartment and so on and so forth. This seemed completely unlikely and just plain idiotic, even for someone without OCD and major fears.

But I found the flaws in this novel to be minimal and the overall journey engrossing. This is by far one of my favorite suspense novels and I will definitely partake in the author's writing in the future.
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review 2014-04-04 09:34
Threatened Love
Into the Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes

Title: Into The Darkest Corner

Author: Elizabeth Haynes

Publisher: Harper Luxe

Publication Date: Jun 5th 2012

Page Numbers: 608 pages

 

Blurb 

When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Bright-man, she can't believe her luck. Gorgeous, charismatic, and a bit mysterious, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true.


But what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous, passionate sex transforms into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon discovers that Lee's dashing good looks hide a dark, violent nature.

Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—is trying to build a new life for herself. Trusting no one, she compulsively checks every lock of her apartment and varies her route home each day. Then an attractive new neighbor moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hope and the possibility of a normal life.

Until the day the phone rings.

Mesmerizing, skillfully drawn, vividly cinematic, Into the Darkest Corner is an ingeniously structured tour de force of suspense that marks the arrival of a major new talent.

 

What I Thought

This is the first time for me to read a book about OCD and PTSD. This book is brilliant. The pace is not too fast (it has a possibility to be boring) but the events charmed me line by line. It also marked with dates instead of chapters. I could felt Catherine's fear. How she managed her panics, her hallucinations, her traumas....even I don't know how hard it was to have an OCD for your whole life (like Cathy said to Stuart).


Sylvia was so annoying at first. Have no clue why she so angry to Catherine, but finally the reason revealed. I'm still confused why Claire had mad to Cathy and left her. It pretty disappointed coz in my opinion, a BFF should stick together. I believe the author just forgot to explained, coz Claire wasn't an important character.

Even it took long time to finished, I enjoyed reading this book with no hurry :D 

 

Opening Lines

Lancaster Crown Court

 

R-v-BRIGHTMAN

 

Wednesday 11 May 2005

 

Morning Session Before: THE HONORABLE MR. JUSTICE NOLAN

 

MR. MACLEAN: Would you please state your full name?

 

MR. BRIGHTMAN: Lee Anthony Brightman.

 

MR. MACLEAN: Thank you. Now, Mr. Brightman, you had a relationship with Miss Bailey, is that correct?

 

MR. BRIGHTMAN: Yes.

 

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review 2014-02-16 00:00
Into the Darkest Corner
Into the Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes Wstrząsnęła mną ta książka. Dwie młode kobiety o podobnych imionach Catherine i Cathy opowiadają o swoich szokujących przeżyciach, oddzielonych okresem trzech lat. Dwie zupełnie różne kobiety, dwa typy osobowości, każda przechodząca przemianę w trakcie opowieści. Mieszkają w różnych miastach, pracują w różnych firmach, ich życie prywatne jest zupełnie odmienne. Łączy je traumatyczne przeżycie. Bo Catherine i Cathy to ta sama osoba. Od samego początku, od sceny w sali sądowej, wiadomo, że wydarzyło się coś złego. Cofamy się trochę w czasie i poznajemy Catherine, wesołą, towarzyską dziewczynę, uwielbiającą spędzać czas w klubach, dziewczynę, która nie stroni od alkoholu i od przygodnych, często zmienianych kochanków. Otoczona przyjaciółmi, pewna siebie, beztroska. Do czasu, kiedy spotyka Lee. Cathy, kilka lat później, to zalękniona, wystraszona dziewczyna, cierpiąca na silną nerwicę natręctw, polegającą między innymi na ciągłym sprawdzaniu, kontrolowaniu. To sprawdzanie drzwi, okien przeradza się w męczący rytuał. Cathy jest nieufna, samotna w najbardziej ekstremalnej postaci. Ale to właśnie Cathy, nie Catherine zdobywa prawdziwych przyjaciół, ludzi, którzy zaczynają jej wierzyć i chcą jej pomóc. Catherine opuszczają jej dotychczasowi "przyjaciele", zdradzają ją, wierząc dopiero co poznanemu, czarującemu facetowi, który przedstawia własną wersję wydarzeń, odbiegającą daleko od rzeczywistości. Przemoc domowa, zaczynająca się niewinnie od kontrolowania ubioru partnerki, sposobu spędzania przez nią wolnego czasu, osaczania jej przeradza się szybko w fizyczną dominację nad ofiarą. Catherine buntuje się, próbuje z tym walczyć, ale staje się to coraz trudniejsze. Nie jest w stanie wydostać się z tego toksycznego związku, nie ma jak i dokąd uciec. Zdaję sobie sprawę, że w klasycznych przypadkach przemocy domowej różne czynniki wpływają na to, że ofiara zostaje z prześladowcą. Catherine nie ma dzieci, ma dom, pracę, jest niezależna finansowo, więc, wydawałoby się, że będzie jej łatwiej uciec. Nie jest. "Into the Darkest Corner" ("W najciemniejszym kącie") jest thrillerem psychologicznym. Akcja na początku powoli się rozwija, obserwujemy powtarzające się obsesyjno-kompulsywne zachowanie bohaterki, poznajemy stopniowo całą historię i nagle wszystko ulega przyspieszeniu. I chociaż ta druga przemiana bohaterki nie jest dla mnie przekonująca, jest trochę słabszych elementów w książce, to i tak uważam, że ta książka jest wyborną lekturą. Polecam!
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