Monday, June 25, 2012
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
I am always for the next favorite murder/mystery author. This is a debut, so I was excited about that, as you never know what to expect!
Not a bad effort for a first book, as I did finish it despite my lack of attention / time / energy right now (33w today!) but I think there are some room for improvements.
1) The prologue gave too much away, probably can do without
2) The beginning was a little confusing since the timeline jumped all over the place, with different people. Though once you get into it, it's mainly between 2003/2004 and 2007, and you get a better sense of who the people were.
3) At almost 400 pages long (ARC copy anyway), it dragged on a bit too much and some editing would probably make the story moved faster
4) The characters were okay, not really memorable [SPOILER] - with Cathrine's OCD, I was surprised at how fast she recovered once she started seeing the psychiatrist Alastair? I mean, she went from not wanting to go out and having panic attacks with just the thought of Lee, to totally almost confronting him after just a couple of sessions?! Also, I kept waiting for Stuart to be a bad guy... he just seemed to good to be true? [/SPOILER]
5) The ending almost seemed a bit anti-climatic...
The story did make you want to keep reading to find out what happened, to see who's telling the truth, so that's always a great start :)
3 Stars out of 5.
Note - An ARC was given to me by HarperCollins, in exchange for an unbiased review.
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