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2015 Books 1-2: Into the Darkest Corner and Pig Island

Book 1: Into the Darkest Corner.
Author: Elizabeth Haynes, 2011.
Genre: Psychological Thriller. Domestic Violence.
Other Details: ebook. 611 pages.

Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems 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. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, 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. - synopsis from author's website.

In this novel Elizabeth Haynes takes on two subjects that can be very difficult to write about - mental illness and domestic violence. Having been in a relationship many years ago in which my partner became more and more controlling I could certainly relate to how a relationship that starts off good can quickly turn sour. While my relationship did become abusive for a very short time, my response was to leave and not look back. Happily he also cut his ties with me and our paths never crossed again. Still it was enough of an experience for this novel to really get to me.

The other element, the OCD, was harder to relate to though I felt Haynes did a good job of showing how hard it was to address this behaviour. The book was a little hard to get into at first with the court transcript and then alternative time line chapters but I did get into the rhythm of it quickly. It was a reading group selection and while I missed the meeting due to illness I have heard back that it was well received by those that read it

Book 2: Pig Island.
Author: Mo Hayder, 2006.
Genre: Horror/ Thriller.
Other Details: ebook. 484 pages.

Journalist Joe Oakes makes a living exposing supernatural hoaxes.But what he sees when he visits a secretive religious community on a remote Scottish island forces him to question everything he thought he knew. Why have the islanders been accused of Satanism? What has happened to their leader?And why will no one discuss the strange creature seen wandering the lonely beaches of Pig Island? - synopsis from author's website.

Mo Hayder certainly writes creepy novels whether straight crime or here a stand-alone horror thriller that contained quite a lot of disturbing images. It is hard yo say I enjoyed it but it certainly held my attention and took some interesting twists and turns.

The ending left me vaguely unsatisfied not providing the closure I was looking for/. Still on reflection it was a more unsettling for it to end as it did.
Tags: horror, mental health, sexual violence, thriller
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