Behind Closed Doors – By Sherri Hayes
Elizabeth Marshall spent the last nine years doingall the things she was supposed to do. She went to a good college. Married aman with a promising future. Elizabeth even had a nice house in a respectablepart of town. There was even the promise of 2.4 kids in her future. From theoutside everything looked picture perfect.
Then one night, the world she lived in camecrashing down. Six months later with her husband dead and her friends gone,Elizabeth moves to the small town of Springfield, Ohio to start a new lifewhere no one knows who she is or about her past.
Christopher Daniels enjoys the simplicity of hisbachelor life. After his divorce three years ago, he swore off women. He has nodesire to change that philosophy.
When Elizabeth Marshall moves into the apartmentbelow his in the small Victorian house, she makes him reconsider the motto he’slived by for the last three years: women are trouble. She is everything hisex-wife is not, and it doesn’t help that she is his fantasy come to life.
He is determined to resist her charms; however, when someone sendsthreatening messages to Elizabeth, he finds himself in the role of protector.Can he protect Elizabeth and still resist the pull she has on his body and hisheart?
Features – What worked
A single linear story effectively described through the dualviewpoints of both the hero and heroine – a holistic view to the development oftheir relationship.
A generally well-paced story line, with enough clues strategicallyplaced to allow the reader to solve the mystery as it unfolds.
Flaws – What didn’t work
Some characters are referred to but not adequately described
Some questions left unanswered
I quite enjoyed this book and would happily read more work fromSherri Hayes
“BehindClosed Doors” describes two people Elizabeth and Chris, who are separatelytrying to pick up the broken pieces of their lives. This endeavour is made muchmore difficult by past hurts that have caused them to doubt others andthemselves and is further complicated by their growing awareness of each other,and their burgeoning relationship that neither one is prepared for.
I really enjoyed reading about their relationship as it progressed andfelt that Sherri Hayes was quite successful in rendering it’s blossomingnature, with all the necessary angst and unworthiness that generally burdenstwo mature people with emotional baggage. The sexual tension is also builtovertime and is particularly nice when you can read about this from bothperspectives.
Our main characters have a lot to overcome before they can hope torebuild their lives they must each face their own pasts and those who withmalicious and anonymous intent seek to obliterate any happiness they may find.How much will they have to endure before they can rest and will theirrelationship survive the constant bombardment from outside forces?
As the intrigue unfolds, Sherri presents many suspects to help buildthe suspense. The clues, are all there for an observant reader to discover andI was able to peg the culprit with relative ease. I did feel that the motivewas not totally believable, either that or perhaps more effort could have beenspent on detailing the pathological nastiness that would have been simmeringbelow the surface.
Overall “Behind Closed Doors”, was a great read and will keep youturning the pages; even if you guess the identity of their tormentors, you’llbe invested enough in main characters that you’ll continue to read, hoping fora happy ending. A happy ending that seems more and more unlikely as the storyunfolds.
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