The Door at the Top of the Stairs

The Door at the Top of the Stairs

by Alison Naomi Holt

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Overview

Undercover officer Jesse Shaunessy is kidnapped and tortured, then thrown away by her department as damaged goods. The mind is a powerful ally, and 26-year-old Jesse has no memory of the abduction or the subsequent torture. Inevitably, the protective walls carefully constructed by her subconscious are beginning to crumble. Insanity, friendship, and redemption are all possibilities dependent upon one choice, one gamble, and two determined women who must risk everything to save one lost soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479244362
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/06/2012
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Meet Lt. Alison Holt, a cop for more than twenty years. She has arrested everything from homicide suspects to emus, the latter earning her a spot on America's Funniest Home Videos. She taught police procedures to officers, and now teaches writers how to write realistic police scenes and characters.

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The Door at the Top of the Stairs 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
GeekyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
A fast moving and is a very interesting read. I started reading this yesterday with no intention of reading it all right away because I had things to do but I ended up losing track of time and read the entire book in one afternoon. I just couldn't put it down. If you are into psychological suspense novels then I suggest you read this book.You will not be disappointed and will not want to put it down.
MRShemery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
CoverYou have a doorway of light at the top of a flight of stairs. I'd say it's a pretty literal interpretation of the book's title.PlotThis was definitely an engaging and well thought-out story. The characters (Morgan, Ryland and Jesse) were believable and felt real. There was a part of the story that I wasn't expecting and that was the lesbianism. I hesitate to mention this because a lot of people will not read a book if same-sex couples are depicted. While I may not agree with the same-sex couple lifestyle, I am in no place to judge anyone. I say that so I can mention that while this story has a same-sex couple as two of the main characters, that does not take away from the effectiveness of this story.As a matter of fact, I applaud Alison for writing a non-erotic book that includes a same-sex couple. While there are those of us that may not agree with this lifestyle, I believe that more and more genres of books will include same-sex couples. This is just the beginning. I encourage you to not let that cause you to pre-judge a book before you read it.Main CharactersMorgan - Owner of a farm with horses and hounds. She is well-respected in the community and is adamant about her employees using respect and manners in every aspect of their life, since they are a representation of her.Ryland - A former psychologist who lives at the farm with Morgan. She is also well-respected in the community and is Morgan's softer side and, sometimes, her sense of reason.Jesse - A former cop with anger issues that are a result of a traumatic event that she has amnesia about. She has gotten fired from every farm but Morgan's.OverallThis book has a few romantic scenes, but is mostly a suspenseful story about a traumatic event in a former cop's life who receives emotional help from the last two people she ever expected would help her. It is a touching story about friendship and being able to let go and trust those who really want the best for you.
SilversReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deep and hidden memories, new-found friends to help, a job that helps with the pain....Jesse had all of these, but could the pain go away?When Jesse arrives on Morgan and Ryland's farm for a job, the conflict between Jesse and Morgan was instantaneous...they both were head strong and wanted to be in control. Morgan had a great life as owner of a profitable farm, Ryland was the calm, retired psychoanalyst, and Jesse was 26 with horrible memories of torture that affected her daily life and memories that she couldn't get to surface. Using her professional skills, Ryland set up a session each day at one o'clock to try to help Jesse get rid of the demons that were plaguing her and causing her to have unbearable headaches. The sessions were tortuous for all, but they must help Jesse. Jesse was difficult, but they understood why....she was always ready for a fight, and did get into a few. They all agreed, though, that whatever it takes to cure Jesse is what they would do. Of course, there were others who tried to get in their way and cause more problems. The book had excellent details of situations and the characters' feelings....you could easily visualize each scene and experience the emotions. Ms. Holt did a superb job with getting you involved..the book definitely held your interest, and made you hopeful that Jesse would finally get well. The book reminds the reader that the mind is very powerful, but also very fragile. Just an ending note...I would classify some parts of this book as a thriller...so don't expect all sweetness and light...there are some brutal scenes. 5/5
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1000-Plus-Books-to-Read More than 1 year ago
Wowee. This book was amazing, powerful and I couldn't put it down. When I read the description of the book I wasn't expecting what was beyond the cover. I felt as if I were Jesse, reliving these terrifying events that stole part of her life. I.. felt.. it. Such an emotional roller coaster and such amazing characters. There were times I laughed, times I cried, times I wanted to shout to Ryland and tell her to stop it! I haven't had a book capture me like this in a long time. To where I don't just want to read it... I have to read it. Where it's just as important to me to finish as it is to Jesse. These characters.. were truly outstanding and developed so well. In fact Morgan, I believe, was written after my grandmothers sister Joe. Morgan was that real to me. She's someone I know. All I can say is when you decided (not if) be prepared to sink yourself into this powerful, emotional, wonderful story of tragedy, hope, inspiration, courage and friendship. For more check out our Youtube Review. Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
BK36 More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of the best psychological thrillers I've read in a long time. Brilliantly written with descriptive details forcing you to turn the pages to find out what happens next. You will find yourself at the end before you know it! Jesse was a mouthy woman with a bad attitude looking for work. When she comes to Morgan's farm, both woman have met their match. Luckily for Jesse, Morgan's partner Ry is a psychologist who is willing to come out of retirement to help her face her demons. Morgan is always ready to fire Jesse on a dime, but Ry sees a damaged woman in need of being saved. Convincing Morgan to reign in her temper, both woman take Jesse under their wings as she relives the torture she once faced as a cop. Unable to remember what exactly happened to her, the only thing Jesse does remember is that she was a cop and they threw her away as damaged goods. As the wounds are re-opened and the memories come flooding back, Morgan and Ry must keep their own emotions wrapped up tight as they help Jesse to relive the the torture of when she was kidnapped and move on to healing. Will they be able to reach her before it's too late? This was my first experience with Holt's work, and I am so glad I was given the opportunity. Holt has a fantastical way of drawing you in, making you feel like you are really there and vividly seeing what she sees in her mind. This is one book you won't want to pass up if you get the chance to read it!
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SilversReviews More than 1 year ago
Deep and hidden memories, new-found friends to help, a job that helps with the pain....Jesse had all of these, but could the pain go away? When Jesse arrives on Morgan and Ryland's farm for a job, the conflict between Jesse and Morgan was instantaneous...they both were head strong and wanted to be in control. Morgan had a great life as owner of a profitable farm, Ryland was the calm, retired psychoanalyst, and Jesse was 26 with horrible memories of torture that affected her daily life and memories that she couldn't get to surface. Using her professional skills, Ryland set up a session each day at one o'clock to try to help Jesse get rid of the demons that were plaguing her and causing her to have unbearable headaches. The sessions were tortuous for all, but they must help Jesse. Jesse was difficult, but they understood why....she was always ready for a fight, and did get into a few. They all agreed, though, that whatever it takes to cure Jesse is what they would do. Of course, there were others who tried to get in their way and cause more problems. The book had excellent details of situations and the characters' feelings....you could easily visualize each scene and experience the emotions. Ms. Holt did a superb job with getting you involved..the book definitely held your interest, and made you hopeful that Jesse would finally get well. The book reminds the reader that the mind is very powerful, but also very fragile. Just an ending note...I would classify some parts of this book as a thriller...so don't expect all sweetness and light...there are some brutal scenes. 5/5