Review: Behind Closed Doors - Catherine Alliott (Blog Tour)
"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 . . ."
TW/CW: Gaslighting / Abuse / Death
I received Behind Closed Doors by Catherine Alliott for free by Sriya at Penguin Michael Joseph in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour! Thank you so much Catherine, Sriya and Penguin Michael Joseph for having me, make sure to check out all of the other awesome bloggers on the tour!
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In Behind Closed Doors our protagonist is Lucy and at first glance she seems to have the perfect life. However, we soon find out that she is stuck in a loveless marriage with a cruel, manipulative husband who constantly abuses and cheats on her. When an unfortunate accident befalls her husband, will it be an opportunity for a fresh start for Lucy or her downfall?
Lucy is a very smart and empathetic character whose life has treated her harshly but she's not going to let that keep her down. Moving back in with her elderly parents gives her a new lease of life and a chance to relive the youth that she missed. I enjoyed seeing Lucy's character become more confident in herself and try new things, it was a very empowering aspect of the book especially after all of the trauma she has been through.
I loved Lucy's parents, they were absolutely hilarious characters! It was very admirable how they didn't let age or ailment discourage them from living their lives. On the other hand, it was also good to see them realise that it is ok to accept help. It's a reality that so many people can relate to, some scenes definitely reminded me of my grandparents!
The writing was entertaining and had a good pace throughout the book. The story had a great concept and it was an easy but also emotional and poignant read.
Plus as a law graduate I really appreciated the legal debate that this book put forward; whether or not we have a duty of care to those in trouble. Now I promise no spoilers and not to drone on about the law (because I could take about it for ages!) but I do commend the author for focusing on such an interesting and intricate legal point! As it is such a grey area of the law it made for a very intriguing and suspenseful read!
Behind Closed Doors explores family life, rediscovering yourself and how long a secret can remain hidden.
Thank you so much again to Sriya at Penguin Michael Joseph and Catherine Alliott for having me on the blog tour!