"Ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished without a trace during a family holiday to Greece. Not being able to find Scarlett was one of the biggest regrets of DCI Louisa Smith's career and when Scarlett is discovered back in her home town after all this time, Lou is determined to find out what happened to her and why she remained hidden for so long. Was she abducted or did she run away?
As Lou and her team delve deeper into Scarlett's past, their investigation throws up more questions than it answers. But as they edge closer to the truth about what really went on behind closed doors, it is more sinister and disturbing than they had ever imagined."
I really loved Elizabeth Haynes' first Louisa Smith novel, so I was excited to receive a copy of this, the second in the series.
Louisa is still a bit prickly, still a workaholic and trying to find her way through her relationship with Jason and I loved the fact that she hasn't just settled down and got on with things - I love it when things are never easy! This is probably Elizabeth Haynes' best book since Into the Darkest Corner (bloody brilliant read) - I found the characters believable and found myself empathising with some of them, while others I just couldn't fathom out. There's an underlying sense of tension which tells the reader that SOMETHING is not quite right, it's just impossible for the reader to actually figure what that SOMETHING might be. I love a story that keeps me on the back foot all the way through and this definitely did.
If you love a psychologic thriller, in the vein of Sophie Hannah or Tamar Cohen, you won't go wrong with this one.
Behind Closed Doors is out now and you can get it here:
And if you haven't read Elizabeth's first book Into the Darkest Corner I suggest you click below and grab yourself a copy:
**Thanks to the publisher for my review copy**