Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

by Susan R. Sloan
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Behind Closed Doors 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
Behind Closed Doors ... Very good - different! Kept my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book...hoping to purchase another by Susan Sloan
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms Sloan, PLEASE publish another book!! All of her books keeps the reader on their toes & they deliver the goods.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an incredible story! This book had me on the edge of my seat until the very last sentence. I will most certainly read Ms. Sloan's other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. The story seems so real. I can't to read other books from Ms. Sloan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As with her previous books, Susan Sloan has again written an immensely readable novel with a shocker in the very last sentence. I highly recommend this book, as well as her previous two. Anxiously awaiting her next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good book is like a good movie: the tension must be just right, expectation and frustration need to balance. Behind Closed Doors frustrates the reader as you follow the story of Valerie's helpless tolerance of abuse for years---then when Valerie acts, the plot thickens. A good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
June 30, 2004 The 1950's, an era in which families taught their daughters how to prepare for married life. This was an interesting decade in which many of your grandparents were settling into comfortable lives and having children (your parents- perhaps). Women were encouraged, and more so expected to stay at home, keep house, raise children and obey their spouse. Such was life for Valerie OConnor, a woman who grew up in the 50's. By the summer of 1955 at the tender age of 18 Valerie visits her sister in Boston where she falls in love with a striking young man named, Jack Marsh. Jack had served in the Korean War, was smooth, he was worldly in many things. Against Martin O'Connor's better instincts, by the end of December Valerie and Jack are wed. Their wedding night turns into a complete disaster, as Jack is only interested in satisfying his needs, in turn Valerie has a lifelong repulsion to sex. Shortly after Jack whisks his new bride to Seattle where things begin to unravel. Even so, Valerie performs her wifely duties and is thrilled after having given birth to five children before she is given news that she cannot have anymore due to health reasons. Behind Closed Doors spans across time and into a two generations of the Marsh family and its secrets. The author's descriptive work reveals one of society's worst social problems: domestic violence, focusing on an abuser and a co-dependent victim. A social problem worthy of academic debate, and one that still exists today. Afraid to seek help from society; Valerie feels bound by traditional Irish-Catholic beliefs that it is wrong to air your dirty linen in public. She attempts to hide the problem for many years, during which the situation worsens, as Jack's drunken outbursts spiral out of control. The Marsh children fear for their own safety. All of which later begin to exhibit a range of problem behaviors. Problems, Valerie can't or won't face. Behind Closed Doors is filled with psychological suspense. Maybe after reading this novel, all you women out there will understand your Mothers and/or Grandmothers a little bit better. I found this book particularly riveting, powerful, and engaging. The torment Valerie receives, accepts, then takes into her own hands and survives is amazing! NEVER BORING! No one would be wasting their money on this book. It's a fascinating read even if you feel you have no reason to take an interest. Reviewed by M. Romero
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1955, while visiting her sister in Boston, Valerie O¿Connor met and fell in love with Jack Marsh, the friend of her brother in law¿s brother. They saw each other every day until she returned home to her parents in Portland; Jack followed. Shortly there after he asked her parents for their permission to marry Valerie and although they had some doubts about the man¿s character, they gave their blessing.............................................................. .. Their wedding night was a disaster as Jack was only interested in satisfying his needs and as a result, Valerie had a lifelong revulsion to sex. She did her duty and was thrilled when she birthed five children before she was told she could not have anymore due to health reasons. As the years passed, Jack became increasingly abusive, hitting not only her but also their children. When they were of age, their kids left. One became a nun; another turned to prostitution; two went to jail; and the last a raged Jack threw off the roof when he was in an uncontrollable rage. The anger that Valerie tried to keep in check for years finally explodes and results in a tragedy that could cost her freedom............................................ BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is a mesmerizing work of psychological suspense that examines in depth the impact of a violent drunken abuser and a woman who accepts what her husband dished out. The story line shows the co-dependency between the abuser and abused so that Valerie does not garner much sympathy especially when she is incapable of protecting their children. Susan R. Sloan has written a memorable book that is not pretty or nice but accurately represents one of society¿s worst social problems........................................ Harriet Klausner