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Behind Closed Doors

Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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A chilling psychological thriller for fans of Gillian Flynn, Nicci French, Sophie Hannah, S. J. Watson and Elizabeth Haynes that will haunt you long after you've finished listening....

In this dark psychological thriller, Olivia Taylor believes she has suffered the worst life can throw at her after the breakup of her marriage. Full of hope, she starts a new life with her nine-year-old daughter, Ellie, only to find the worst is yet to come.

Meeting Michael Crossman is the beginning of an unspeakable nightmare for Olivia, and her world slowly unravels. It is only through the retelling of her story that we piece together what has led her to become a mere shadow of the woman she once was.

©2013 Kathryn Croft (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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I found the main character extremely frustrating and self focused. The story was slow with little storyline that kept me engaged. I was waiting for something to ‘happen’ the whole book. Ending wasn’t too bad though.

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boring

this was painfully boring. marketing of this book was done very well but it didnt live up to the hype.

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Bit disappointing

Wasn’t what I’d expected. I still didn’t really know what this was about & was waiting for an answer which only came 45 minutes before the end. The ending was the twist but it seemed quite rushed. I was planning on giving only two stars but increased it because of the end & the narrator was good.

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  • PollyAnna2
  • 20-04-2017

Do women like this really exist?!!?

The performance was fantastic! And normally I love Kathryn Croft, but this... the main character is a hideous excuse for a mother let alone human being. I know, we all make bad decisions, and there has to be some level of "flawed" to build the story line; however, this is just heinous. The ending didn't shock me, and like others have pointed out, it seemed rushed and thrown together just to finish the book. I'll still read and listen to Crofts books, but if you're looking for a good one, let this one pass... it's not worth it. And will likely leave you frustrated and disgruntled like so many of the others, and myself.

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  • Traybell
  • 19-10-2016

Emding falls short<br />

I really enjoyed listening to this book, but when the plot and ending all came together, it was too much, too quick! It felt like the author was suddenly on a deadline and had to end it quickly. I felt like too many things were left undone. I needed more.

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  • Gina Hatfield
  • 03-05-2017

Probably one of the worst books I've ever listened to

This was a very long uninteresting story about someone's ordinary life until the last 2 minutes of the story. It was such a disappointment. There was no foreshadowing to draw the reader in. I listened to the entire book and I'm still not sure exactly what was going on behind closed doors...a complete waste of my time and money.

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  • MJ
  • 13-01-2017

A Hot Mess

The only thing that could get me through this sorry tale is another stellar performance by Lisa Coleman.
The main character is a sad excuse for a woman on every level. A fine example of the dim witted stereo type: women who let their desire to be loved by a man trump all form of reason. Childish and pathetic. I have never disliked a character more.
I have enjoyed other Kathryn Croft novels but this one missed the mark completely. The abrupt silly ending was the icing on the cake. A hot mess from beginning to end.

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  • PB
  • 25-01-2019

Mommy Porn

This thin storyline features a pathetic lead character, who for no apparent reason makes incredibly poor choices. From start to finish it is riddled with perverted mommy porn. A total waste of time. So unlike her other books, which are great.

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  • Jamie Garfield
  • 30-12-2017

Wow!!

I kind of expected some of the plot but the ending was intense. Love this author and the reader. This is my 5th title by her. This is a great read.

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  • Kerry a jones
  • 02-05-2017

Too drawn out. Then just ends

This is the only Kathryn Croft book I have been disappointed in. It was excruciatingly drawn out and then abruptly ended. I felt it left some loose ends.

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  • lil' old me
  • 29-04-2017

A Disappointing One for Croft...

I have been a fan of Katherine Kroft's books for a few weeks now, the last 3 all being nearly page turners.
This one, unfortunately, was not. While I had some sympathy for the main character, I grew tired of the predictability of her thought processes. I knew that the main male in the story would ultimately change her life, but only when halfway through did I realize it wouldn't be quite as I'd initially expected.
I did enjoy the way 's. Craft told this story as the main character, speaking to the male. A different angle--which was really the only reason I finished the book.....that and Lisa Coleman's narration is always perfection!!!

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  • Melissa
  • 13-03-2019

Don’t - just don’t

I wish I’d read the reviews before purchasing. As a Kathryn Croft fan I didn’t vet this. Awful characters - idiot protagonist - constantly made me want to bang my head onto my desk at the stupidity. Ugh.

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  • Luelala
  • 11-09-2018

mainly long romance

I found this book to be boring. It is mainly a ridiculous long love story with lots of sex scenes. The woman who is the main character has no self worth or confidence. I figured out the supposedly shocking ending quite soon into the book and to me it seemed quite obvious. Read the whole book hoping for a twist I wasn't expecting only to be dissatisfied by the end and unsurprisingly it was the twist I was expecting.

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  • Caterina Ibele
  • 19-06-2018

Horrible book

I have made the conscious decision to spare myself the rest of the book after struggling to arrive at the 19 chapter. I have never left a book unfinished but keep listening to this is unsettling. The Not only the boom does not have a convincing plot, but it is long creepy and unnecessary in most of the drama with the relationship with Micheal and Olivia.

On advice do not read buy a gift this book is grim and sadistic and I feel pity for the mind who create this brutal book Caterina Out.

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  • Fiona
  • 29-04-2018

Terrible ending

Would you try another book written by Kathryn Croft or narrated by Lisa Coleman?

Have read and enjoyed Kathryn Croft books before, this one was mediocre, the ending felt rushed and unexplained. A very disappointing end

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  • Susan Random
  • 28-07-2017

Behind Closed Doors

This book was far too long and drawn out and the central character, Olivia Taylor, was weak and dreary. The relationship between Michael and Olivia was also pretty unbelievable and incredibly brutal. He seemed such a pernickerity tedious control freak that I have no idea why she craved him so much.

A bizarre denouement too. Overall: a huge disappointment.

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  • Miss
  • 21-07-2017

It the best but kept me keen to read

I did enjoy the book but it was rather predictable I felt. I'm not sure how to describe the way I felt at the end, more questions than answers to an end?

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  • Weliza
  • 14-05-2017

Failure. Don't bother

What disappointed you about Behind Closed Doors?

The story was unconvincing and weak. I was looking for a good, enjoyable listen and I like the psychological thriller genre, and whilst the narrator was excellent, the main characters in the book were awful. I guessed the denouement about a quarter of the way through, but hoped it was wrong and the story would get more developed, but it didn't. Terrible ending. It felt like the author was casting around for an idea of bringing the book to a close, and came up with something that was hasty and shocking.

Has Behind Closed Doors put you off other books in this genre?

No, I usually enjoy this genre.

Which character – as performed by Lisa Coleman – was your favourite?

None.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Behind Closed Doors?

The beginning, middle and end.

Any additional comments?

Narrator was excellent.

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  • Georgina
  • 27-02-2017

good storyline

I did see the ending coming however and I felt it ended rather abruptly without much explanation...

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  • mrs fiona mackenzie
  • 18-02-2017

Rubbish!

Usually really like Kathryn crofts books but this one was utter rubbish! Think she's been reading too much fifty shades herself!!!

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  • Jenna
  • 08-02-2017

Dull

What would have made Behind Closed Doors better?

the story is dull and goes on for too long, I give up on it now !

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  • avid reader
  • 25-12-2016

Not interesting

The story was flat and the conclusion did not justify the suspense.

None of the 3 main characters were likeable, and Olivia was difficult to relate to, her immediate obsession with her neighbour was not realistic.

Disappointing read the book should not be compared to Gillian Flynn or S.J Watson

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  • London reader
  • 09-10-2016

I hated it

Olivia is a disappointment selfish and stupid woman. I was not convinced be her relationship or the ending. The book was 90% boring and slow. Even the readers voice was boring. Don't understand why this has such great reviews. A terrible book!

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