Claire Douglas: Do Not Disturb

This rreview is written with thanks to Penguin for my copy of Do Not Disturb.


Could your dream home be your worst nightmare?

After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family, and running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives.

Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.

It’s 17 years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life? Is Selena running from something too?

Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, getting rid of it can be murder . . .


Claire Douglas is a master of the psychological thriller. From the beginning, there is so much tension both in the setting and between the characters. There are so many significant things that have happened in these characters’ lives before we even meet them and this means there are a lot of questions that I was really keen to find answers to. 

As Do Not Disturb is set in a guest house, there are a lot of suspects among the guests, the owners, Kirsty and Adrian, and their family. I didn’t find the characters particularly likeable and they all seemed capable of committing a crime, so I changed my mind several times about who had done what over the course of the novel. 

I will admit to feeling slightly disappointed towards the middle of the novel, as I felt I could see where the story was going and predict the ending. However, I should have had more faith in the author! The last third of Do Not Disturb is a thrilling ride and although it had taken me a while to get into it, by the time I reached the ending, I did not want to tear myself away! 

Through Do Not Disturb, the author explores a number of interesting themes. I felt these added an extra layer to the novel as the story gathered pace. 

Do Not Disturb is available from Amazon.

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