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Behind Closed Doors [Hardcover]

Susan Lewis
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14 Aug 2014

The powerful new novel about how life can change course in a heartbeat. From the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of Never Say Goodbye.

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?

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Century (14 Aug 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780891768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780891767
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The powerful new novel about how life can change course in a heartbeat. From the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of Never Say Goodbye.

About the Author

Susan Lewis is the bestselling author of thirty-two novels. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol. Having resided in France for many years she now lives in Gloucestershire. Her website address is

Susan is a supporter of the childhood bereavement charity, Winston's Wish: and of the breast cancer charity, BUST:

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 14 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Fourteen year old Sophie Monroe has gone missing following a row with her parents and DS Andrea Lawrence must lead the case investigating her vanishing, despite the fact that it has rekindled the most traumatic events ever to happen to her own family, events that have haunted them all and never been far from their minds. Her sister Penny went missing 20 years ago, and the family never knew her fate. Is Andee going to be able to investigate this new disappearance objectively, or is she going to be too close emotionally?

The story is set in Kesterly, a seaside resort in the west country and centred around the holiday resort where Sophie lived with her family and from which she went missing. We get to meet some of the characters who worked on the resort and I particularly liked Suzi, a woman with a tragic past and one whose back story could really have filled its own book.

I really liked Andrea herself, or Andee as she is nicknamed. A single mother with two teenage children of her own, I especially liked the balance between the police procedural part of the story and her personal life. Whilst dealing with this case, the toughest of her career, she also has a family bereavement and has to juggle her families’ needs in that respect with her work. The bereavement will also bring her ex Martin home, an added complication at a time when she is just starting to date again herself.

The plotline is quite complex, with plenty of twists and turns along the way that kept me interested right to the end when the author pulled all the strands together for an ending that tied up all the loose ends quite nicely. In fact, the ending was quite emotional and moving, it certainly gave me a couple of lumps in the throat. To sum up, a very good police procedural with a main character who I really liked, that is well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Runaway drama 21 Aug 2014
By Ismay1012 TOP 500 REVIEWER
I have always been a massive fan of Susan Lewis, whether admiring her terrific novels or enjoying her memoirs, which reached out and touched my heart like no others. So when I was given the opportunity to read ‘Behind Closed Doors’ in return for an honest review I was delighted.

The novel is set in the seaside resort of Kesterley during the hot high season. The holiday complex is throbbing with music, the swimming pool is a hive of activity and in the evenings the entertainment centre brings in the punters like bees to a honey pot, all bent on having a great night out. Amongst the holidaymakers, the staff all work hard to ensure they have the time of their lives.

One resident family are at odds. A newly born baby boy is fractious, his new mother swamped by his needs. His stepsister has not reacted well to his birth; she is feisty, and resentful, jealous and full of argument. Fourteen-year-old Sophie Monroe wants to escape the chaos of dirty nappies, a screeching baby and demands for help. She just wants to have fun. One night she has a hot and furious argument with her stepmother, both saying dreadful things in anger that they really don’t mean at all. Sophie flees to her bedroom. Determined to keep her promise to go out and meet up with her friend she crawls out of her bungalow window and speeds off into the darkening night full of excitement and joy. She is free.

But she does not return home. She is reported missing, along with her telephone, her computer and a bag full of clothes. For DC Andee Lawrence who has been assigned to head the case this scenario is horribly familiar. Twenty years earlier her younger sister Penny had run away from home and had never been found. She is haunted by her sad memories of how her family had been changed forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional suspense story 15 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is really a novel about people and relationships but it is set around the investigation into the disappearance of Sophie from the holiday camp where she lived with her father, stepmother and new brother. The investigating officer, Andee, is also troubled by the memories that this stirs up in her because her sister also disappeared as a teenager and has never been traced. The crime element of this book is well done but it is in the description of people and their relationships and reactions that the book really earns its five stars.

The book looks at some of the characters who may or may not be involved in Sophie's disappearance, including her family, her close friends. local immigrants who are suspected of murder, and the investigating officer and her family. This is not a fast paced book but the author injects a lot of tension and keeps the various strands separate until she weaves them all together in a heart breaking ending.

This novel is rooted in believability. There are no cartoon villains or heroes here - just wounded people with complicated lives trying to adjust in a terrible situation. Their stories are revealed a little at a time whilst we also see how they react to what is happening. The police investigation seems realistic and you can just imagine how life changes for everyone involved in the events. I cannot say that the ending was a surprise but it also was well done and made complete sense.

This is a compelling and emotional read which manages, somehow, to end on a slight upbeat, I think that Susan Lewis should tell more crime/suspense stories. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review via NetGalley.
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Published 3 days ago by Doreen Ely
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I usual love all of susan Lewis's books but felt alittle let down with this one
Published 3 days ago by diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great as always
Published 3 days ago by jodi clements
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant read from start to end
Published 4 days ago by Chris H
5.0 out of 5 stars Usual Susan lewis
Another fabulous read from a very good author.l thought I had this case wrapped up in the first couple of chapters , how wrong. Couldn't put it down, bring on the next ( quickly).
Published 6 days ago by mickthebrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Read
Was hooked from page 1 - Really good story line and wonderful characters - did work it out half way through -. Read loads of Susan Lewis - she is a really good author. Read more
Published 6 days ago by justjune
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Published 6 days ago by Mr. P. W. Rogers
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Excellent Again. I love all Susan Lewis books and read them as soon as they come out. This one I borrowed from my local library instead of downloading to my Kindle. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mrs. Jeanette Hellier
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Fantastic book
Published 7 days ago by jeanette newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to relax with!
You always guarantee a good story from Susan Lewis. I haven't finished reading it yet but I am gripped & can't wait to find out the ending. Easy reading with a great plot!!
Published 8 days ago by M. Webber
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