Today I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Behind Closed Doors. My review is written with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell for inviting me on the blog tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book.
Two kidnappings, thirty years apart. Can Stacey face her own dark past in order to save her stepdaughter?
When Stacey’s ex-husband turns up on her doorstep begging her to help save his kidnapped thirteen-year-old daughter, Lyra, the terror is all too familiar. Stacey’s own violent kidnapping thirty years ago was never solved, and while a severe case of amnesia spares her from recalling the specific horrors, she remembers enough…
Stacey knows her father never paid the ransom—she has the missing pinkie finger to prove it. She knows she was only saved because of an anonymous tip-off to the police. And she knows her captor was never apprehended.
Lyra’s kidnappers have made it clear the police must not get involved. But Stacey can’t shake the eerie similarities between the two cases, and she’ll use whatever she can, from her journalistic powers to her shady contacts, to save Lyra from the same nightmare. Desperate to find any link between Lyra’s abduction and her own, Stacey forces herself to revisit her forgotten, traumatic past for clues.
But can she make sense of the terrible secrets she unearths in time to save Lyra? And if she does, is she ready to face her own tormentor?
Behind Closed Doors is Carol Wyer’s first standalone thriller after novels in three different amazing series, so I was interested to see how she would handle this new project with completely new characters. The characters are absolutely brilliant and the author has observed them so well. Stacey could easily front a series of her own and I loved her tenacity and intelligence, despite having problems of her own. Jack was a character who really got under my skin. Having been in a relationship with someone like Jack, I know just how authentic his narcissistic behaviour was and he really got under my skin.
Carol Wyer is an exceptionally talented writer and I was taken to every scene and was able to see it play out in front of me as though I was actually there. She has researched the location immaculately and this really helped to build up a picture of the setting.
Stacey has her own back story which the author weaves into the main story really well. I loved the flashback scenes as I felt they added an extra layer to Stacey’s character, but also gave the reader clarity in some aspects of the plot as well as being incredibly tense.
The plotting in Behind Closed Doors is off the scale. I kept changing my mind about who was responsible for Lyra’s kidnap right up until the final reveal. I loved the feeling that Stacey was against the clock to find the answers and this made it very difficult to tear myself away. I read the whole novel in just one day!
Behind Closed Doors is available from Amazon.
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