Welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Behind Closed Doors by Catherine Alliott.
Behind Closed Doors was published on 4th March 2021 by Michael Joseph.
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 . . .
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A big thank you to Sriya Varadharajan and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting to participate on the blog tour.
Behind Closed Doors is the latest book by Catherine Alliott and for me, a change to her usual style of book. It was a lot darker than usual and I enjoyed immensely.
Lucy Palmer lives in a lovely house in London with her husband Michael and appears on the outside to live a charmed life. She is a cosy mystery writer of moderate success with two adult children who have since flown the nest. Looks can be deceiving though…
On the inside, her husband is a controlling bully who manipulates and belittles Lucy and her career whilst flaunting his many affairs in front of her with little respect for everyone concerned. Lucy has been made to feel worthless and almost as though she deserves the way her husband treats her. When her marriage ends suddenly, she has the chance to start afresh and find the Lucy that has been buried for too long along with some much needed happiness and joy.
She rents out the house in London and moves back to her parents house with the intention of keeping an eye on them. Despite their advancing years, they show no sign of slowing down and seem to think that ignorance is bless where their health and drinking parties are concerned!
I really enjoyed how the author lets you dip into Lucy’s life in London with Michael before bringing you back to the present day. You learn a lot from these chapters about how she lived with the constant cloud of Michael looming over her and follow her as her confidence and happiness ebbs away. She is a character that you grow to become fond of along with her parents who despite their almost happy go lucky life, come to realise that they can all help each other.
I think I went into this book almost expecting to know how things would end so I was pleasantly surprised that I was actually wrong with a lot of my assumptions!
A really enjoyable story from Catherine Alliott with some added surprises that really kept me turning the pages.
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About the Author
Catherine Alliott has written sixteen bestselling novels and is translated into eighteen languages. She has sold over 3 million books worldwide.
She lives with her family in Hertfordshire, UK.