Behind a Closed Door by Adele O'Neill
Published: 1st March 2018
Available in Paperback and on Kindle
What if everything in your life was a lie? An emotionally tense story of love, loyalty, betrayal and revenge. Perfect for the fans of Louise Jenson.
DUBLIN - For the past two years Jill Ryan has tried to keep her darkest secrets deeply buried and remain relatively anonymous. Haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her life together, Jill soon realises that the last person she can trust is herself.
KILKENNY - Only Heather Martin knows the lengths her husband will go to teach her a lesson and Heather has had enough. Faced with the impossible choice of saving herself or staying to care for her ailing father, Heather has a choice to make. But does she have what it takes to survive?
When Detectives Louise Kennedy in Dublin and Tony Kelly in Kilkenny begin to investigate, their dark discoveries collide unravelling a complex web of secrets that stretch far and wide.
Behind a Closed Door is Adele O’Neill’s second novel following on from “brothers and sisters” published in 2017. As the title suggests this is a novel centred around domestic violence, a sensitive topic which I think Adele O’Neill has written about successfully in this novel.
The narrative is split between several characters, in two different time periods, each giving their own perspective on the events which are unfolding and the consequences which follow. Despite the numbers of different voices, it’s easy to distinguish between them and the story flows effortlessly among them.
Heather Martin is the main character, a shy woman who has against the advice of all those around her married Detective Mike Martin, something she has since learnt to regret as Mike has started to take his anger out on her.
Jill Ryan is suffering from nightmares about abusive events which occurred earlier in her life, when it becomes common knowledge that Jill is suffering its boyfriend Ben who comes under suspicion.
Detectives Tony Kelly and Louise Kennedy work together to try and uncover the mysteries behind the suffering of these two women, while at the same time remaining professional as their personal lives becomes even closer.
This is one of those novels where the suspense is not in the who is the victim and who is the perpetrator as its easy to figure this out early in the novel. The suspense comes from the expectation that something bad is going to happen but you’re not sure what and if anyone is going to step in help.
I found this a great read which was easy to get drawn into and very hard to put down as more and more things come to light. I loved how each of these characters drew closer and closer together until they all finally came together at the end.
Thank you so much to the publishers Aria for sending me a copy to review honestly and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.
About the Author
Having lived and worked in the UK and Dublin since college, Adele now lives in her home town in Co. Wicklow with her husband and two teenage daughters. She writes overlooking the Irish Sea and is an active member of the Wexford Literary Festival committee.
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