Behind Closed Doors: A Novel

Behind Closed Doors: A Novel

by Elizabeth Haynes


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Behind Closed Doors: A Novel by Elizabeth Haynes

An old case makes Detective Inspector Louisa Smith some new enemies in this spellbinding second installment of New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes’s Briarstone crime series that combines literary suspense and page-turning thrills.

Ten years ago, 15-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished while on a family holiday in Greece. Was she abducted, or did she run away from her severely dysfunctional family? Lou Smith worked the case as a police constable, and failing to find Scarlett has been one of the biggest regrets of her career. No one is more shocked than Lou to learn that Scarlett has unexpectedly been found during a Special Branch raid of a brothel in Briarstone.

Lou and her Major Crime team are already stretched working two troubling cases: nineteen-year-old Ian Palmer was found badly beaten; and soon after, bar owner Carl McVey was found half-buried in the woods, his Rolex and money gone. While Lou tries to establish the links between the two cases, DS Sam Hollands works with Special Branch to question Scarlett. What happened to her? Where has she been until now? How did she end up back here? And why is her family—with the exception of her emotionally fragile younger sister, Juliette—less than enthusiastic about her return?

When another brutal assault and homicide are linked to the McVey murder, Lou’s cases collide, and the clues all point in one terrifying direction. As the pressure and the danger mount, it becomes clear that the silent, secretive Scarlett holds the key to everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062276117
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Series: Briarstone , #2
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 149,593
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Haynes is a former police intelligence analyst, a civilian role that involves determining patterns in offending and criminal behavior. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner, Dark Tide, Human Remains, and, most recently, Under a Silent Moon, the first installment of the Briarstone crime series.

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Behind Closed Doors: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in less than two days because I just couldn't put it down. Excellent story, wonderful characters. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for any mystery lovers. It has a British flavor/flare..I will be reading more of her work.
Twink More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Elizabeth Haynes since I stumbled upon her first book - Into the Darkest Corner. She was quickly added to my list of 'must read every book they write' authors. Behind Closed Doors is Haynes's fifth book and the second to feature Detective Inspector Louisa Smith of the Briarstone Major Crimes division. Teenager Scarlett Rainford disappeared ten years ago while on vacation with her family in Greece.  Was she taken? Or did she run away? She - or her body -was never found. Until now. A raid on a local brothel with ties to organized crimes turns up a woman named Katie working there - and Katie says her real name is Scarlett Rainford. Lou is shaken - she was a young constable who worked on the case ten years and she's always wondered what happened to Scarlett. Did they look hard enough? Did the Greek police follow every lead? And most frightening of all - what kind of life has Scarlett had for the last ten years? Haynes employs a dual narrative in Behind Closed Doors. We discover what happened to Scarlett in her own voice from ten years ago, but we're also in present day with Louisa as she attempts to piece together what happened to Scarlett all those years ago - and why she is so reticent to reconnect with her family. This technique always guarantees a late night for me. I need to read just one more chapter (and then another 'one more') until I chase down the threads of a character's story. Scarlett's narrative was particularly addicting. (Despite the horrific nature of Scarlett's past, Haynes does not delve into unnecessary graphic detail) I really like Lou as a character - she's driven, dedicated, not perfect and a bit vulnerable. Her personal storyline reveals a woman torn between job and partner. (Quite fun that her love interest is Canadian!) The plot and subject matter of Behind Closed Doors is dark and difficult. Haynes handles the crimes, the procedures, the investigation and more with a practiced insider's eye, as she has worked as a police intelligence analyst. A number of these type of reports are part of the book and detail a parallel plot line revolving around organized crime mobs. Now, I had my suspicions as the book moved towards resolution. I was right in some aspects, but wrong in others. Haynes's writing, plot and characters kept me fully engaged and compulsively reading until the last page was turned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book! Very good and could not put it down!!! Must read!!!
MelissaFlicks More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Haynes brings serious topics to life in her crime fiction novel, Behind Closed Doors. From childhood abuse, abduction, and human sex trafficking, Haynes brings the reader along the horrific journey of fifteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford. Not only does Haynes do an terrific job in creating an emotional character doing what she can to survive in modern slavery, she also gives us a wide array of characters working in police intelligence who are working the Rainsford case. I truly enjoyed this book. I found that it was intense and thrilling; At the same time I found myself saddened at the thought that these things – these crimes- are quite real and happening far more than we know. Haynes shifting style of writing in both past and present through various characters point of view was interesting. One of the main characters, Lou – a police constable who worked the Rainsford case during Scarlett’s initial abduction- finds herself deep into the case as she tries to close the one that has haunted her career. Haynes ability to develop strong backstory for Lou shows a very real-life look into how these crimes not only effect the victims and the victims family, but also those who are working the cases as well. My favorite aspect of Behind Closed Doors is it’s similarity to Emma Donoghue’s ROOM in showing that the victim’s story doesn’t end happily once they are found; there are psychological issues in working through the trauma of being abducted, of being the victim of various types of abuse, and the realization that returning to their previous lives is a major adjustment. Of the characters, my favorite is Lou. She is passionate about her case, obsessive to the point where it becomes the main focus in her life. Her struggle to balance her work life and maintaining a budding relationship, and the pressure from her loved ones to settle down and start a family, in my opinion, is easy to relate to. I recommend this book to anyone who is not only a fan of crime fiction, but to those who enjoy reading trauma survivor stories as well. I look forward to reading more from Elizabeth Haynes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow slow down