Monday, 14 March 2016

Behind Closed Doors by Susan Lewis

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A powerful novel about how life can change course in a heartbeat.  When fourteen-year-old Sophie Monroe suddenly vanishes one night it looks at first as though she's run away from home.  Her computer and mobile phone have gone, and she's taken a bag full of clothes.

As the police investigation unfolds a wealth of secrets from the surrounding community start coming to light. And it seems everyone has something to hide.

For Detective Sergeant Andrea Lawrence, the case is a painful reminder of the tragedy that tore her family apart over twenty years ago. She is convinced there is more to Sophie's disappearance than teenage rebellion.

But is the past clouding her judgment, preventing her from seeing a truth that neither she, nor Sophie's family, would ever want to face

My review:

This was my third book by Susan Lewis and what a great read it was.  Characters were believable and easy to engage with and the story resonated with all the bad news stories we see these days so it was current and generational.

The author portrayed the amount of emotions and risks and distractions Police staff have to overcome when investigating such a case.  It was certainly very difficult for Andee to distance herself from the case of missing Sophie Monroe as she herself experienced the turmoil years earlier when her own sister went missing.

I like the fact that not all ended well in this book.  I, like most people, enjoy a good happy ending, but it’s not always possible to wrap up a story like this with smiles and happiness.  Sometimes things just don’t work out the way we want them to.

My score: 4/5

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