Filled with characters that annoyed and a story that was only so-so made this reader glad to close Behind the Red Door.

When Fern Douglas sees the news about Astrid Sullivan, a missing woman from Maine, she is positive that she knows her. Fern’s husband is sure it’s because of Astrid’s famous kidnapping and return twenty years ago. But when Astrid begins appearing in Fern’s recurring nightmare, she fears that it’s not a dream at all, but a memory.

The storyline had me going. Despite characters I didn’t particularly care, there was that air of mystery that I wanted to see solved. The author does a decent job of leading the reader down a twisted path so you can’t clearly make out who the culprit is. BUT! then the book just ended. All of the questions were not answered and I needed those answers. Don’t leave me hanging!

The other big thing that bothered me was Fern was behaving as a detective might. It really bothers me when your average Joe, or Jane in this case, behaves as a person of the law. What right did she have to investigate? I acknowledge she tried to work with the police, but it still really bothers me when people take the law into their own hands.

Behind the Red Door has good bones and perhaps at a different time I would have appreciated them more. It proved to be a semi-decent way to travel another twisted path of people’s craziness, but not one I would travel again in the future.

My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley allowing me to read and review this book. All opinions are my own.



Rating: 3 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Behind the Red Door

Author: Megan Collins

Release Date: August 4, 2020


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