Monday, 17 September 2018

Do Not Disturb

by Claire Douglas

'A page-turning slow burn that builds into a chilling reminder that sometimes home is where the hurt is.' Cara Hunter bestselling author of Close to Home

Psychological Thriller

Paperback 400 pages
Publisher Penguin UK - Michael Joseph (9 Aug 2018)
ASIN B079NPZMBY  ISBN-13 978-0718187903

πŸ“•My Review

Kirsty, husband Adrian and their two girls move from London to rural Wales to run a B&B with Kirsty's mother. They're hoping for new beginnings after Adrian walked out on his job and suffered a serious breakdown. He's now writing his first novel and a new start is exactly what the family needs.

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On their opening day, Kirsty's cousin Selena arrives unexpectedly. They've not seen each other since a huge falling out 17 years earlier. Kirsty is immediately suspicious of Selena's intentions.

When tragedy strikes, Kirsty's world is plunged into fear and uncertainty once more. Can the family and their business survive this new nightmare? 

Do Not Disturb was a thrilling read. Loaded with red herrings that I absolutely didn't see coming, I thought it was highly entertaining and very well-written. The book dealt with topics including mental illness, attempted suicide, child illness and adultery - not exactly easy reading - but the author handled them with the sensitivity they deserved. 

Character development was good, although a few minor cast members did seem rather 'cartoon-ish' (a bit more 'Midsomer Murders-ish' than I would have liked). That being said, it was an excellent plot with some fantastic twists and turns. The ending was terrific and totally unpredictable. Congratulations to the author for well and truly fooling me!  
                      
*My thanks to Claire Douglas, NetGalley and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for providing me with a copy of this book.

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πŸ“—The Blurb

Could your dream home be your worst nightmare?

After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family. 
And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives.
Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.
It's seventeen years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty's life?
Is Selena running from something too?
Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . .

πŸ“˜The Author, Claire Douglas

Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years writing features for women's magazines and national newspapers, but she's dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award, with her first novel, The Sisters, which was followed by Local Girl Missing, Last Seen Alive and Do Not Disturb, all Sunday Times bestsellers. She lives in Bath with her husband and two children.

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