From the outside, anyone would think that Lucy Palmer has it all: loving children, a dashing husband and a gorgeous home.
But when her marriage to Michael comes to an abrupt and unexpected end, her life is turned upside down in a flash.
As the truth of her marriage threatens to surface, Lucy seizes the opportunity to swap her house in London – and the stories it hides – for a rural escape to her parents’ farmhouse in the Chilterns.
But Lucy gets more than she bargained for when she moves back to her childhood home, especially when it throws her into the path of an old flame.
Coming face-to-face with her mistakes, Lucy is forced to confront the secrets she’s been keeping from herself and those she loves.
Is she ready to let someone in? Or will she leave the door to her past firmly closed . . .
In Behind Closed Doors, Catherine Alliott displays her real talent for noticing the tiny and everyday details which make us human. She is the kind of writer who can draw us right into the heart of a story whilst reminding us of the ridiculousness, humiliation and struggles of modern life and this book feels like it could be written from the persective of someone we’ve all met.Lucy’s voice feels very real indeed and the fact that she speaks to us directly throughout the story lends the story a conspiratorial tone that very much makes us feel part of her life and able to have a ringside seat to eerything that’s going on.
Am so happy to be on today’s Blog Tour of #BehindClosedDoors today and I can’t think of a better way to escape from the circumstances we find ourselves in than to lose yourself in this immersive and thought-provoking read. It’s wonderful to be curled up with a great book after a windy walk and some exercise at a time when that’s about the only thing to look forward to. The wood burning stove is lit and the gin is poured. What could be a better way to relax after another term of online teaching…
I absolutely loved this book. It’s an enjoyable and very readable tale that will genuinely draw you in and let you feel part of Lucie’s ups and downs as she tries to navigate life after her separation from the (absolutrely grim) Michael and all the curveballs that it throws her as she tries to navigate life after her marriage ends and all that this entails when she moves back to the warmth and safety of her childhood home – I mean, what could go wrong?
Lucy was a fantastic character that you can totally believe in. When I was reading about her trials and tribulations it took my mind off lots of the privations and challenges of the situation that we find ourselves in at the moment. The position she ends up in, surrounded by her terrrribly posh parents and their dreadful circle of cronies means that there are lots of entirely unexpected new situtions to navigate, including coming face to face with her old flame and this means that there are some rather uncomfortable truths to be faced…
Lucy’s journey through her new situation and all the complexities that she finds herself juggling is one of the best things about this book. You will find lots of these moments to recognise from your own challenging moments in life. I’m sure that many separated readers will connect with her situation with the ghastly parents -as especially during the lockdow it is difficult to cope with being banged up with your loved ones at times and there will be many occasions where it feels that you can’t do right from wrong.
Catherine Alliott really understands human nature. This book presents a picture of modern day domestic life that you’ll find much to connect with and plenty to keep you turning the pages – it kept me engrossed and if you’ve hit a reading slump over lockdown, it could be exactly what you need! When you read the reviews below, you’ll see that lots of other people loved it too– so you don’t just have to take MY word for it…
One of those fabulous books that leaves you with a smile on your face and hope in your heart — Milly Johnson
Compelling — Heidi Swain
Yet another great read, packed with fantastic characters, uncomfortable truths, and flashes of pure comedy. Who could ask for more?
Emotional and engaging, I was completely absorbed
Catherine Alliott is back with another warm, escapist read. Big subjects are dealt with sensitively in this wonderfully written novel ― Woman’s Weekly
Emotional and affecting, this is an absorbing read ― Sun
A wry look at life in the wealthy environs of the Oxfordshire countryside . . . page-turning ― Oxford Mail
A warm, escapist read ― Woman
Included in ‘The Hot List’ ― Inside Soap
Order yourself a copy now and enjoy Lucy’s story that won’t just entertain you – but will make you reflect on all sorts of contemporary issues – from family dynamics to growing older and difficult choices in Catherone Alliott’s distinctive and talented voice.
Thanks so much to Sriya at Michael Joseph for inviting me on the tour and cheering me up when I needed it the most as I struggled through the final few weeks of online teaching!
Writer On The Shelf
Catherine Alliott is the author of fifteen bestselling novels including About Last Night, My Husband Next Door, A Rural Affair, One Day in May, The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton, and Wish You Were Here. She lives with her family in Hertfordshire.