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.
Behind Closed Doors is an engaging and emotional family drama which is narrated by the central character, Lucy, with flashbacks to past events. Lucy’s somewhat toxic marriage comes to an abrupt end following the unexpected death of her husband. A husband who, it is revealed, was both controlling and manipulative and we discover there was more going on in the marriage than meets the eye. The title ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is a very appropriate one, as no-one knows what goes on behind the scenes.
Lucy decides to make a fresh start, she rents out her house and moves to live with her ageing parents who are struggling to cope on their own. The interactions between Lucy and her parents are so heartwarming and endearing and quite comical at times. Lucy is a fabulous character and the author really captured her emotions and the turmoil she was going through after her husband’s death and the fact that the events surrounding his death persistently pricked at her conscience. The storyline is complex and captivating and there are some wonderful twists and I became completely absorbed in the highs and lows of Lucy’s life from beginning to end.
This is an emotional and touching novel with great characters and humour. It’s quite deep at times, but the author has sensitively addressed some of more heavier topics and it is well balanced with some some lovely heartwarming and funny moments. It is well written and takes the reader through a range of different emotions. Initially, I wasn’t quite sure what genre this book sits in and anticipated a thriller, a romance or a combination of the two, but what we have is a lovely work of Women’s Fiction following Lucy on her emotional journey and the impact this also had on her family. Catherine Alliott is a new to me author and I enjoyed her writing style, I will definitely be reaching for more of her work.
Publication Date (UK): 10 June 2021
Page Count: 416
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Thank you to the publisher for the advanced copy (gifted) in exchange for an honest review.
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