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Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins

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When Fern Douglas sees the news about Astrid Sullivan, a thirty-four-year-old missing woman from Maine, she is positive that she knows her. Fern’s husband is sure it’s because of Astrid’s famous kidnapping—and equally famous return—twenty years ago, but Fern has no memory of that, even though it happened an hour outside her New Hampshire hometown. And when Astrid appears in Fern’s recurring nightmare, one in which a girl reaches out to her, pleading, Fern fears that it’s not a dream at all, but a memory.

Back at her childhood home to help her father pack for a move, Fern purchases a copy of Astrid’s recently published memoir—which may have provoked her original kidnapper to abduct her again—and as she reads through its chapters and visits the people and places within it, she discovers more evidence that she has an unsettling connection to the missing woman. With the help of her psychologist father, Fern digs deeper, hoping to find evidence that her connection to Astrid can help the police locate her. But when Fern discovers more about her own past than she ever bargained for, the disturbing truth will change both of their lives forever.

 

Condition: New

Hardcover, Published August 4, 2020 by Atria Books

ISBN: 9781982130398

 

3 reviews for Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins

  1. Chandra

    As an avid fan of psychology and mental gymnastics, this book took on some very interesting things that had my mind running in circles. I was absolutely fascinated about what was happening in these pages. Make no mistake, the synopsis is just a teensy look into what this book is about. What we receive is a whole lot more and I’m still trying to process it all.

    Ok… I’m mad. What the actual hell?! Let me explain. Abuse is abuse. Mental and emotional abuse is just as harmful as physical abuse – the bruises and fractures are just on the inside. Collins brings this through the pages and while horrified, I was absolutely in it. Like with The Winter Sister, I find this a hard one to review. What I liked about this is the pacing and the spiraling that was happening with Fern… though at times she was a constant annoyance to be honest. But that stems from a multitude of things, as we learn.

    While the majority of this book was highly predictable, the journey was frustrating because sometimes you wonder why the characters don’t see things as clearly as you do… but then what would be the fun in that, right? There was a reveal that I did NOT see coming and I’m still unsure how I feel about it. I actually sighed loudly and rolled my eyes because no… just no. HOWEVER, I do love it when a book elicits such emotions from me.

    This book hits on some very dark themes but I still would consider it in a bit of a lighter thriller category. While I’m still highly frustrated with it, I’m also happy I read it. I think. I believe this will be a bit of a divisive read and I’m always here for that.
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  2. Blondethrillerbooklover

    4.5

    Fern sees a news story about a lady that has disappeared and is captivated immediately- certain she knows her somehow.
    It turns out the lady, Astrid, was kidnapped 20 years ago. Fern begins having nightmares, vividly seeing young Astrid reaching for her. She then becomes convinced that these are actually memories, not dreams.
    However, she has some mental health issues stemming from her childhood, so she vacillates between certainty and self doubt.
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    She becomes consumed with finding Astrid. She begins to ask questions around town, digging into Astrid’s past and her own subconscious.
    Fern has never been strong, but she must face her fears- no matter how terrifying.
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    I love Megan Collins’ writing style- descriptive, tense and deeply psychological.
    I stayed awake most of the night reading, it’s not a story you can walk away from.

    *As a Thriller Book Lover Reviewer, I receive a small compensation for the time it takes me to provide my honest reviews on the Thriller Book Lover website. Although I receive compensation for this role, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My ratings have not been influenced in any way by the compensation that I receive. The book review I have provided here is the same rating I would provide if I were to rate it on other book reviewing sites.

  3. KC

    I enjoyed this author’s first book so I was really excited to get my hands on this one.

    This book did a great job of immediately drawing my attention. The reader is thrown right into the story, which I always appreciate. I was able to guess the main twist pretty early on, but there were enough red herrings to have me doubting myself through out. There were also some other twists, that I didn’t guess that added to the story.

    Megan Collins is an incredible suspense writer who keeps you turning pages. This story is full of atmosphere and mystery. And I definitely recommend it to those who enjoy suspense, mysteries, and who enjoyed The Winter Sister.

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