Today I’m pleased to be sharing my thoughts about Behind Closed Doors as part of the Michael Joseph Books blog tour. Thank you to Sriya Varadharajan for a proof copy to read and review.
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 . . .
This is my first time reading a book by Catherine Alliott. When I shared the photo of the proof copy on social media, I had a lot of people commenting about how they were looking forward to reading it because they love her books.
Despite the pretty cover, this isn’t an easy read due to the topics covered. There is humour involved, mainly when Lucy’s parents are enjoying themselves with their elderly friends and copious amounts of alcohol. However, Lucy has been living a difficult life, hiding from a fatal car accident when young and dealing with a controlling husband, who appeared to outsiders to be much nicer than he actually is. As the story unfolds, we discover how his children were also more aware of the situation than their mother believed.
Lucy needs to move forward with her life after her marriage ends, but first she needs to deal with her past, to become a free woman, to be able to do what she enjoys with fear or requiring permission from others. She has been a writer for many years, sharing her own personal story as part of the characters in her books. Can she now write her own positive future or will a neighbour send her to prison? As a non spoiler review, I’m not going to tell you what happens but I’m happy to recommend the book for a thought provoking read.
Catherine Alliott is the author of fifteen bestselling novels including About Last Night, My Husband Next Door, A Rural Affair, One Day in May, The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton, and Wish You Were Here. She lives with her family in Hertfordshire.