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‘Behind Closed Doors’ by Catherine Alliott

Synopsis

From the outside, anyone would think that Lucy Palmer has it all: loving children, a dashing husband and a gorgeous home.

But when her marriage to Michael comes to an abrupt and unexpected end, her life is turned upside down in a flash.

As the truth of her marriage threatens to surface, Lucy seizes the opportunity to swap her house in London – and the stories it hides – for a rural escape to her parents’ farmhouse in the Chilterns.

But Lucy gets more than she bargained for when she moves back to her childhood home, especially when it throws her into the path of an old flame.

Coming face-to-face with her mistakes, Lucy is forced to confront the secrets she’s been keeping from herself and those she loves.

Is she ready to let someone in? Or will she leave the door to her past firmly closed . . .

My Review

I have a little confession to make- yes yet another one.  Although I have a few of Catherine’s book on my ever increasing ‘to be read’ mountain, I haven’t actually read one………..until now that is.  When I was invited to take part in the blog tour for ‘Behind Closed Doors’, I thought that it would be an ideal opportunity to get to know Catherine’s work and see if I would enjoy it.  Well I LOVED it.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Behind Closed Doors’ but more about that in a bit.

It took me no time at all to get into ‘Behind Closed Doors’.  In fact as soon as I started to read, I knew that I would find it increasingly difficult to put the book down for any great length of time.  The characters and the storylines intrigued me.  I had my own theory as to what was going to happen and I had to keep reading to see if I was on the right track or not.  I became so wrapped up in the story that I lost all track of time.  I was staggered when I looked up to check how much I had read, only to see that I had been reading for two solid hours and I was a fair way into the book.  I wasn’t able to read the book over the course of a single day but I did read it within two days, which, for me, is still pretty good going.

‘Behind Closed Doors’ is extremely well written.  The author certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and draws you into what proves to a compelling story.  The author certainly takes you on an emotional rollercoaster journey through the life of a particular family and shows how the façade we present in private can be the total opposite of how we present ourselves in public.  There were several twists and turns to the story- some of which I saw coming and some of which left me feeling as though I had been slapped across the face with a flip flop.  I felt as though I was part of the story myself and that’s all thanks to Catherine’s very vivid and realistic storytelling.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.  I am rather annoyed at myself for leaving it this late to discover how flipping fantastic her work really is.  I will definitely be reading more of Catherine’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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