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This was unexpectedly a slow poignant read with the protagonist, Lucy, at the helm slowly revealing different facets of her married life and afterward.

Lucy supposedly had it all, career and family. But Behind Closed Doors, there was stress and abuse. Her husband was a bully. After his death, she decided to put the house for rent and move back home where her elderly parents needed support. Soon she knew she had to reveal all those secrets she wanted to bury.

My first introduction to author Catherine Alliott’s work, I caught the subtle nuances hidden in the prose in the way she etched her characters. Secrets were cleverly camouflaged. Moral dilemmas were easy to deal with as the author knew how to make me love her characters. There were many who supported and loved Lucy.

The basic core of the book was marital abuse which was sensitively dealt with. Some things horrified my senses, and a part of me wondered how Lucy managed to remain sane after going through so much.

A cleverly written story which at prima facie didn’t appear to be deeply emotional but slowly proved me wrong as I got to know Lucy. Quite an explosive end.


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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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. With her parents growing older disgracefully, she can hardly keep up with their social life – 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 . . . 


Publication Date: March 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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