The story starts out with Simone, a psychologist specializing in sexual behavior disorders, who is taking a long vacation while trying to recover from the traumatic events that surrounded her in Behind the Door. Trying to clear the remnants of the trauma from her mind, Simone has been spending time with a friend and enjoying the sunshine. Simone is just beginning to think her life will return to normal when Carl, a former client, returns asking for help reading through Lara's journals, which were recently discovered after her untimely death. Hoping the journals will provide a more detailed insight to the drama and unusual sexual behavior from Lara's past, Simone agrees to proceed. Because Lara's Journalis the sequel to another story, I wouldn't say it would read as well as a stand-alone novel, as there is necessary information within the first book that should not be missed.
Although Simone is expecting her life to return back to normal with helping patients, her world is quickly flipped upside down again as a string of murders are linked back to her. Is the deranged psychopath from Behind the Door back to cast demise on Simone for outing him? Or is someone new in the game as a copycat? The twists and turns offered with Lara's Journal are a constant game changer, and kept me on my toes throughout the novel.
The editing process for Lara's Journal seemed professionally done, leaving no errors to be found. Because the story involved detailed descriptions of sexual activity and abuse, I have to give a reader's discretion, as the book is only appropriate for mature readers.
I had the privilege to read and review Behind the Door a few months ago and was immediately engrossed with the story from the beginning. With how much I enjoyed reading Behind the Door, it's fair to say that my expectations were very high for Lara's Journal, and I am so pleased to say that it did not disappoint. Gavazzoni is an impressive writer, offering works of fiction that are enchanting in a way that are totally unforgettable. The thrilling aspects within the story were so involving that I spent many nights up far too late, as I was too wrapped into the story to find a stopping point. It's an honor to rate Lara's Journal 4 out of 4 stars, and I look forward to the future works offered by A. Gavazzoni.
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Lara's Journal: A Sizzling, Psychological Suspense - Hidden Motives Book 2 by A. Gavazzoni can be fitted into two of my favorite genres i.e. romance and thriller. Picking up the story after Behind the Door, Simone is taking a much-needed vacation after she was kidnapped by a deranged serial killer. She believes good company and a bit of sunshine will heal her mind and body and help her live in the moment, rather than think about that horrible time in her life.
However, when Carl asks her to take a look at Lara's journals, she cannot say no. So she agrees, starts reading Lara's journals and discovers all of her deepest secrets. She does so in order to find out more about this enigmatic woman and to figure out the reason behind her unusual life. However, Simone's vacation is cut short when one of her clients is in trouble and she has to go back. Only, she has no idea that she is going back to a big surprise. People are getting murdered and they all have one thing in common: Simone. What can she do? Can she save the people she loves? Is she next?
I had some seriously high expectations from A. Gavazzoni after reading Behind the Door and I am delighted that the author lived up to it and then some. Simone is changed, as one would expect, and she has developed beautifully. I think the author loves creating a gripping story arc and actually nails it. The story held my interest until the last word and I didn't want the novel to end. Her attraction to Carl and her conflicted emotions for Edward added a personal touch to the story. This is yet another masterpiece by Gavazzoni that I absolutely loved! Thrilling, exciting and wonderful!