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Behind the Red Door Paperback – 27 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (27 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413788386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413788389
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,259,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Barbara Watkins resides in Missouri with her husband and loyal boxweiler, Hooch. In her writings, she loves to evoke a false sense of security and expectations, as she leads her reader into a world of the unknown.

In 2010, Watkins collaborated with New Zealand director, Dimi Nakov, on a screenplay for a short movie entitled, BlindSide in which her name appears in the films end credits for voice-over monologue. BlindSide has been accepted into the Cannes short film corner, as part of the 65th Festival de Cannes, and the 7th Cyprus International Film Festival 2012.

Barbara Watkins is a member of The Thriller Writers Association, and The National Writers Association. Her charitable contributions include supporting the Partner in Hope program through the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Product Description


Sony Pictures-Escape Artists has shown interest
in "Behind The Red Door," asking for book to review. -- Sony Pictures-Escape Artists

From the Publisher

Miranda Prather, Executive Director...
"Publish America primarily publishes works by,
for or about people who face a challengein life,
and who overcome it by turning stumbling blocks
into stepping stones.
We believe that Ms. Watkins is a promising talent
in this field."

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By A Customer on 11 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
This small book packs a punch. It has many twists
and turns. The character's are so believable in their
search of the unknown. While it's focus is on that
of a family haunted by spirit's from the past, the writer
gives great detail to the belief in the human spirit to
overcome their terror. The ending is quite unique, and
surprising.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone
that loves a great ghost story.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Gave me chills 19 Sept. 2005
By Owen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm an avid reader of horror and thrillers. I can't get enough of them. Then a friend of mine turned me on to this book. After a few paragraphs i was hooked. I couldn't put it down. I had to see what was around the next turn. The ending was great, man did it floor me! After reading it. I put it up for a few days and had to pull it out again and re-read it. Its just that good!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Suspenseful and Intriguing! 17 Sept. 2005
By Betsie's Literary Page - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
September 12, 2005

Most woman dream of a decent sort of life. One fullfilled by children, a good husband, and possibly a career. Nikkie is one of those fortunate enough to obtain these treasures. But there's something else...

Imagine that the only connection to your oldest child is through a series of terrorizing nightmares, which your spouse attributes to an overactive imagination and stress.

For Nikkie the nightmares would soon become reality, as her son Michael begins to speak of eerie, yet familiar imaginary friends. Alarmed, the distraught Nikkie calls upon her own mother whom reveals the family secret. That of a power which has been inherited. This becomes both a terrifying and consoling burden to Nikkie as she battles to make sense of the portents that her dreams are revealing.

The writing style is quite raw although very entertaining and fast paced. My only two wishes were that there had been more interactions between the characters and the book bigger.

Author Barbara Watkins shows great promise in this genre and is certainly a writer to keep an eye on. Behind the Red Door is a suspenseful read with a unique twist at the end... definitely worth picking up!

Reviewed by Betsie
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Spine Tingling Fear 13 Aug. 2005
By Amey S. Tippett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nikkie is a housewife trying to juggle returning to school and two small children. She has a life she is proud of and a husband she loves very much. Above all, everything is normal. Until her eldest son Michael begins to speak of imaginary friends.

At three, Michael is an intelligent and curious little boy. He has the same rambunctious spirit as other boys his age. His parents recognize this, and shelter him from the bad things in his life. But they can't always shelter him from everything. And, when his nightmares begin to become solid realities, his mother begins to have premonitions.

The only way to read "Behind the Red Door" is with the lights on in the middle of the day. Barbara Watkins plunges the reader into the unknown and gives a sense of urgency and fear to her words.

Although Watkins does an excellent job of creating the setting for the novel, I found myself wanting more interactions between the characters. Michael and Nikkie were well portrayed, but this amazing story had to have its effects the minor characters in the story as well.

Overall, this novel was a thriller from start to finish. It has certainly given me something to think about - and possibly even to fear.

Amey S Tippett

author of Alison's Journey
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Keeps Your Interest! 12 Sept. 2005
By Shirley Priscilla Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nikkie always knew she was different from other children and held that knowledge inside of her even into adulthood. She pushed her strange gift aside most of her life; that is until her three-year old son Michael began to show signs of the same supernatural insights.

As the child began to have nightmares, ghostly visits and nearly lost his life, Nikki could not longer ignore the supernatural in their lives. Afraid to confide in her husband, Nikki alarmed and frustrated calls upon her mother who reveals a long family secret of the power that works within them. This becomes both disturbing and comforting to Nikkie

as she battles to make sense of the warnings that her dreams are giving her.

The storyline is very intriguing, the 'human' characters well defined, but I would have liked to know a few more details about the 'visitors not of this world', and a little more explanation of the gifting Nikki, her mom and her son walked in.

However the story certainly keeps you interested with elements such as family interaction, the protection and love of a mother, suspense and supernatural, and has a great ending. I believe you will enjoy this one.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Strengths and Weaknesses 13 Jan. 2006
By Peg Brantley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Barbara Watkins has developed some great bones, or outline, of a story. There's a good plot and stong external conflict. It just needs to be fleshed out.

As a new author, she struggles with some of the same things we all have had to learn. There's a tendency to tell more than show, and there are some POV issues as well. A professional editor would have helped the read move along a little easier.

My hat is off to any author who believes in their work and takes action to bring it to life. However, my opinion is that this book was published a little before it was ready. There's promise, though, and some deeper development would lead to a stronger presentation.
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