Thanks to Harper Paperbacks for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review
DO NO DISTURB – Clair Douglas (Released November 17th, 2020)
From the award-winning author of The Sisters, Local Girl Missing and Last Seen Alive, comes a taut psychological thriller in which family secrets and hidden pasts build to a violent climax in a guesthouse among the idyllic Welsh mountains.
Following a traumatic event in London, Kirsty Woodhouse packs up her family and moves back to her native Wales. There she sets up her new home with her husband and two young daughters, and goes into business with her difficult mother managing a guesthouse in the Brecon Beacons.
But when the guesthouse is ready to be occupied, Kirsty encounters the last person she ever expected to see: her estranged cousin Selena. It has been seventeen years since they last talked—when Selena tore everything apart between them.
Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life? Is Selena running from something too? Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?
As Kirsty becomes increasingly concerned for the safety of her daughters, her dream home begins to feel like her worst nightmare.
Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . .
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
This was my first time reading anything by Claire Douglas and it definitely won’t be my last! DO NO DISTURB was exactly what I needed – the perfect pacing throughout this thriller/suspense to keep me flipping through those pages. An eerie feeling from start to finish and I loved how the book was separated. We get two parts – events leading up to and the aftermath of our crazy opening chapters.
We get some well-developed and complex characters from Douglas, and we are dropped right into the middle of the dysfunction within this family. Is their new start at this guesthouse going to bring them what they need? Is the arrival of estranged relatives going to be too much for Kirsty to handle?
Secrets, lies, manipulation, and plenty of questions throughout this book. The author kept me guessing and I’ll always love when I can’t figure it out right away. I’m already eyeing up her backlist of books and can’t wait to see what Douglas releases next!