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“In Behind the Red Door, Megan Collins has achieved something remarkable—a dark, disturbing story that is both elegant and fascinating. Exquisite writing, compelling characters and a story so captivating I finished it in a weekend. Few books live up to the word chilling, but this one does.”
—Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
"[A] haunting thriller."
"Spellbinding, poignant and atmospheric, Behind The Red Door is one of those rare stories you can get utterly lost in. With writing so richly evocative I could vividly imagine every detail, this is a mesmerizing tale in which family bonds are broken, lifelong secrets are exposed, and a woman who suffers a debilitating anxiety disorder must find the truth about her connection to a decades-old kidnapping. Intensely moving, beautifully written and thoroughly enjoyable, I can’t recommend this highly enough!"
—Christina McDonald, USA Today bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell
“Behind the Red Door isn’t just a gripping, finely-tuned thriller, it’s a masterful meditation on fear. Dark forests, crumbling cabins, and mutating nightmares all populate this New England landscape where one woman may hold the key to saving a kidnapping victim. But in order to do so, she’ll have to confront a lifetime of terror, including the ultimate fear: not knowing who can be trusted or where the monsters live. I was hooked from the first page.”
—Mindy Mejia, author of Strike Me Down
“Collins nimbly orchestrates Fern’s growing sense of terror as she slowly sifts in echoes of long-repressed sounds and sights…a tricky mystery. Even in the final pages, Collins avoids any expected resolution, leaving the reader deliciously unsettled and disturbed. A dark psychological thriller riddled with twisted family dynamics.”
“Megan Collins is the master of emotionally resonant, deeply personal suspense fiction where the small details are just as chilling as the dramatic turns. Behind the Red Door is gripping and gorgeously-written and, like her stellar debut The Winter Sister, I'm certain this book will haunt me for years to come.”
—Layne Fargo, author of Temper
"Taut, provocative, disturbing—Megan Collins' sophomore novel is more than a thriller; it's a dark and deeply compelling examination of the knife's edge between trust and fear. With muscular prose and richly wrought characters, Behind the Red Door grabbed me, startled me, and didn't let go until I'd torn through every chilling word."
—Andrea Bartz, author of The Lost Night and The Herd
“Atmospheric and haunting, Behind the Red Door is at once a chilling tale of complicated family dynamics and a riveting mystery. Elegant prose, intriguing characters and taut pacing make this book unputdownable.”
—Daniela Petrova, author of Her Daughter’s Mother
“[H]arrowing... Collins plays her cards carefully to maximize suspense.”
"Behind the Red Door is stunning in every way. Fern Douglas digs her fingers into your brain until you’re hooked and want more. I’m still reeling from this. Megan Collins is a masterful writer and this novel is full of twists you didn’t expect. It will leave you breathless and shaking in the best way."
—Amina Akhtar, author of #FashionVictim
Collins has delivered an intensely well-plotted mystery, with every character under suspicion as we plunder the depths of memory in BEHIND THE RED DOOR. Fern, whose emotional fragility never feels forced or cliché, sees a familiar-looking woman on TV, a former kidnapping victim, and realizes she maybe can't trust her own childhood recollections of those events. Enter a sadistic psychologist father, a mother who builds a floor out of the fragments of broken pottery, and a slew of suspicous hometown acquaintances, and you have a mindbending psychological thriller that asks questions of identity, of morality, and of the trustworthiness of our own experiences. It's a book to read and then read again.
—Wendy Heard, author of Hunting Annabelle and The Kill Club
“An absorbing psychological thriller.”
"Collins proves herself a skilled storyteller."
“Megan Collins takes a walk on the dark side . . . . The book ticks off all the elements one could want for a psychological thriller.”
About the Author
- Publication date : August 4, 2020
- File size : 3007 KB
- Print length : 317 pages
- Publisher : Atria Books (August 4, 2020)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B07Z435TJB
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #202,774 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is about Fern, who is dealing with a lot of anxiety, when she sees a news report on a woman, Astrid, who's been kidnapped for a second time. She recognizes Astrid, but doesn't know why. Astrid was kidnapped 20 years ago, from a town close to where Fern grew up, and when Fern returns to her hometown to help her retired, physiologist, father pack for a move, and begins to read Astrid's memoir about her first disappearance, Fern starts remembering things that might help solve the original kidnapping, and in turn help save Astrid now.
This book was really good. It grabbed my attention and, like I mentioned, kept me guessing the whole way through. In the end, I had figured it out at one point, but then kept reading and changed my 'guess'. I really enjoyed this book!
I really enjoyed this Behind the Red Door and would read it again in a heartbeat. As soon as I've finished processing all the twists and turns that is! If you're in the market for a spine tingling read this fall, pick it up.
Let’s start with trigger warnings:
Okay that should cover everything. But please don’t let these triggers completely run you off. Child abuse is the most minor in the three. But before you judge a book on the trigger warnings let me tell you a little about this book!
Fern is a school counselor who has just finished the school year. She doesn’t have to worry about anything but herself for a few months. She has an abundance of fears that she continually makes a list for to help her. Her therapist says making a list is a way to cope with the fear and get it out of her head.
Fern can’t help but feel she has been missing something since she saw the memoir of Astrid Sullivan. She knows that she has seen her face somewhere besides the billboards with her book on it but she can’t place where. Then Astrid goes missing, AGAIN.
Fern knows that she is the only one that can help find her but she doesn’t know how. Fern gets a call from her dad saying he needs her help packing because he is moving to Florida. Fern has always wanted her dads attention because he was never really a parent to her because of the “experiments” he did with her as the subject with fear.
Fern travels to help her father and as she gets there she can’t help but have the need to find out who Astrid was to her and how she knows her. Fern goes on a wild ride to work through her issues along side her dad while searching for answers about her and Astrid.
HOW I FEEL ABOUT THIS BOOK:
I absolutely loved how resilient Fern is and how she handles everything thrown at her in this book. I would have been the exact opposite. I would have yelled and screamed and torn a couple houses down (metaphorically.) There are several times I feel like she let things skate by when she should have used her backbone that she has to stand up for herself regarding her dad and another character. I wanted her to tell these people to shove it, and others I just wanted her to be honest with. Like come clean and just say what you need to say.
I really loved her husband Eric and his character in general. He was an absolute GEM in the middle of chaos. I just wish he could have played a somewhat bigger role.
I don’t want to say the things I didn’t like because they are just personal bias towards a few characters. But it’s completely normal to have those feelings towards them when you are fully immersed in a book. And there was NOTHING WRONG with having characters you dislike. It’s just part of book.
Thank you so much to Atria Books, Megan Collins and Netgalley for the gifted copy!