Lancaster Crown Court
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.
Mr. Maclean: For how long?
Mr. Brightman: I met her at the end of October in 2003. We were seeing each other until the middle of June last year.
Mr. Maclean: And how did you meet?
Mr. Brightman: At work. I was working on an operation and I happened to meet her through the course of that.
Mr. Maclean: And you formed a relationship?
Mr. Brightman: Yes.
Mr. Maclean: You said that the relationship ended in June. Was that a mutual decision?
Mr. Brightman: Things had been going wrong for a while. Catherine was very jealous of the time I spent away from her working. She was convinced I was having an affair.
Mr. Maclean:And were you?
Mr. Brightman: No. My job takes me away from home for days at a time, and the nature of it means that I can’t tell anyone, not even my girlfriend, where I am or when I’ll be home.
Mr. Maclean:Did your time away from Miss Bailey cause arguments between you?
Mr. Brightman: Yes. She would check my cell phone for messages from other women, demand to know where I’d been, who I’d been seeing. When I got back from a job, all I wanted to do was forget about work and relax a bit. It started to feel like I never had the chance to do that.
Mr. Maclean: So you ended the relationship?
Mr. Brightman: No. We had fights sometimes, but I loved her. I knew she had some emotional problems. When she went for me, I always told myself that it wasn’t her fault.
Mr. Maclean: What do you mean by “emotional problems?”
Mr. Brightman: Well, she told me she had suffered from anxiety in the past. The more time I spent with her, the more I saw that coming out. She would go out drinking with her friends, or drink at home, and when I got home she would start an argument and lash out at me.
Mr. Maclean: Just with regard to the emotional problems, I would like to ask you about that further. Did you, over the course of your relationship, see any evidence that Miss Bailey would harm herself at times of emotional stress?
Mr. Brightman: No. Her friends had told me that she had cut herself in the past.
Mr. Lewis: Objection, Your Honor. The witness was not asked about the opinions of Miss Bailey’s friends.
Mr. Justice Nolan: Mr. Brightman, please keep to the questions you are asked. Thank you.
Mr. Maclean: Mr. Brightman, you mentioned that Miss Bailey would “lash out” at you. Can you explain what you mean by “lash out”?
Mr. Brightman: She would shout, push me, slap me, kick me. That kind of thing.
Mr. Maclean: She was violent toward you?
Mr. Brightman: Yes. Well, yes. She was.
Mr. Maclean: On how many occasions, would you say?
Mr. Brightman: I don’t know. I didn’t keep count.
Mr. Maclean: And what did you generally do, on these occasions when she “lashed out” at you?
Mr. Brightman: I would walk away from it. I deal with that enough at work; I don’t need it when I get home.
Mr. Maclean: And were you ever violent toward her?
Mr. Brightman: Only the last time.
Reprinted from INTO THE DARKEST CORNER. Copyright © 2012 by Elizabeth Haynes. Reprinted by permission of Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Beautiful Catherine Bailey has been experiencing the ups and downs of single life long enough to know a great catch when she sees one. In other words, it doesn’t take her long to fall head over heels in love with her gorgeous new boyfriend, Lee…or to realize he was too good to be true. The flattering attentiveness Lee pretends in front of Catherine’s jealous girlfriends belies the erratic, controlling behavior she’s grown to fear, and to save herself, Catherine plots a daring, meticulous escape.
Four years later, though Lee is paying for his behavior behind bars, Catherine—now Cathy—is nonetheless obsessed with every lock and door, a compulsion noticed by her attractive neighbor, Stuart, a kind man who seeks her trust. But one day Cathy returns home and notices the subtle and alarming rearrangement of objects in her apartment, one of Lee’s favorite tricks of cruelty. Does this mean she’s finally going to pay for her perceived sins?
Utterly convincing in its portrayal of obsession, Elizabeth Haynes’ Into the Darkest Corner is an ingeniously structured and plotted tour de force of suspense that marks the arrival of a major new talent.
Hardcover Book : 416 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Llc ( June 05, 2012 )
Item #: 13-579216
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.94inches
Product Weight: 15.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I read this book in 2 nights. Awsome book I hope this author writes more like it!! I recomend it to anyone who likes a good thriller.
OMG finally a book worth reading. I have gotten
so bored with my favorite authors. This book was
a little slow in the beginning but before long .
you couldn't put it down. It was absolutely one
of the best books i have read in a
long time. Just waiting to see what was going to
happen next. great mystery.
Reviewer: Bonnie J
Really good book by a first time author. Characters are well written and believable. Difficult to put this book down. Chapters are dates, one in the past and one in the present, alternating. This took a little getting used to, but easier after getting used to this format. Ending leaves an opening for a sequel. Great Read!
This was an "ok" read and would have been just as good WITHOUT all of the vulgarities. They added NOTHING to the story. All the vulgarities did was prove that the author knows these words and, apparently, felt the need to use them. Doubt very much if I will bother with anymore of this authors offerings.
Reviewer: bookclub m
not at all like the hype a one star is generous . read only if u want to spend hours about checking and rechecking locks
Reviewer: john f