KNOCK KNOCK… HE’S AT YOUR DOOR
Karen Rainey lives a sheltered life on the edge of the city. For the last five years, she has rarely left the home unless it was unavoidable. She has her food and anything else she needs delivered to the front door. She works from home to avoid venturing outside.
But Karen isn’t agoraphobic. She’s terrified of her ex-boyfriend, Zach, who is serving a life sentence in prison for a string of bank robberies after Karen testified against him. With the constant threat that Zach might send someone to find and kill her, Karen keeps a low profile.
To aid her in paying the rent each month, Karen takes in the occasional housemate, opting for students from the local university. Her current housemate, Beth, is a young student who has no idea about Karen’s past.
But when a mysterious package is left on her doorstep, it sends Karen’s world into turmoil.
Has Zack found her?
Isolated and frightened, Karen befriends Beth but refuses to tell her everything about her past.
Trapped inside their home, Karen and Beth soon begin to lose their minds.
But is the threat really outside or is it closer to home?
I read the synopsis for ‘He’s At Your Door’ and it certainly sounded intriguing. I think it particularly stood out to me because the main character hates leaving her home as do I. Anyway enough of my waffle. I couldn’t wait to start reading and so I dived straight in. I really enjoyed reading ‘He’s At Your Door’ but more about that in a bit.
The main character of Karen is a bit of a funny old fish. She lives in a house on the outskirts of the city and she only leaves when she has to. She gets her shopping delivered to her doorstep so that she doesn’t have to venture out to a supermarket. Believe me, I could understand all that because I feel similarly in that I only leave my house when it is unavoidable. It’s as if her house and my house are our respective safe havens and we hate having to leave them. In Karen’s case, it’s because she has a vengeful, violent brute of an ex-boyfriend on her trail and she is scared stiff that he might trace her to where she lives. Karen can’t shut out the outside world altogether because she needs to pay the rent and it’s this that leads her to having to take in the occasional lodger from the local college. I totally understand why she is so security conscious but to me, the fact that she takes in the occasional lodger, whom she knows nothing about, is a tad reckless to say the least. The current lodger is a lass called Beth and apart from the fact that she is a student, Karen doesn’t know a lot about her. Things start happening which worries Karen and makes her fear for her life. Is everything as it seems? Has Karen’s ex tracked her down or is the culprit somebody closer to home? Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
‘He’s At Your Door’ certainly got my attention from the start and I was gripped by the story all the way through. I think that I empathised with Karen to a degree because I know what it’s like to fear having to leave your home when you really don’t want to. There were certain elements of her behaviour that did get on my nerves. I soon became addicted to reading this book. I wouldn’t say that I read the book in one sitting but I did binge read the book over the course of a few days. I just had to keep reading to find out what or who was freaking Karen out so much and what the motivation was. The further I got into the book, the quicker the pages seemed to be turning and before I knew what was happening I had got to the end of the book, which I was most disappointed about. I wasn’t disappointed with the ending, I was just disappointed that the book had to end.
‘He’s At Your Door’ is well written with a writing style that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. The author used such vivid descriptions that I really did feel as though I was part of the story myself. There were several twists and turns to this story, some of which I guessed and some of which crept up on me and hit me like a punch to the gut.
In short, I did thoroughly enjoy reading ‘He’s At Your Door’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I can’t wait to read what Alex Sinclair comes up with next. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.