Behind the Door

Behind the DoorBehind the Door by Mary SanGiovanni
Published by Kensington Books Lyrical Underground on August 28th 2018
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Some doors should never be opened . . .

In the rural town of Zarepath, Pennsylvania there is a door. To the town, it feels as if the door has been there forever. No one knows where it came from, no one knows what lies behind the door, and yet generation after generation people have come to the door. They slide their carefully worded handwritten notes under the door, asking for forgiveness, asking for change, asking for an emotional burden to be lifted, looking for absolution, to be free of judgement, or free of their tormentors. Three days later, their wishes are granted. But as always one must be careful about what he/she wishes for, for better or worse, you will get what you ask for. There are no do-overs. There are no second chances. You can only submit one note and above all else you are to NEVER open the door.

Kari, like so many others in the town, has learned about the door and the wishes being granted. She hopes the door and what lies beyond on can help her. She writes her note, seals it with her blood mixed with wax, and leaves it under the door as instructed. But then she begins to regret leaving the note and decides to take it back. All she wants to do is retrieve her letter and in doing so, she does the thing she has been instructed never to do – she opens the door. In the process she has released every secret, every wish, every sin that others have left with the door.

“Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.”

Soon people in town have their letters come back to haunt them and occult specialist Kathy Ryan is brought in to investigate and figure out how to close the door once and for all. But how? Will her experience be enough? Just what is her experience? I would have liked to have known more about her character. I am guessing that perhaps her story will be fleshed out more in future books. I hope so as she is the expert and I felt I knew more about the townspeople than I did her.

This book gets props for being both entertaining and original. There are a lot of characters in this book and the Author did a great job at giving them distinct personalities, sins, wishes, etc. Not only did that help with my enjoyment of this book but it also made keeping track of the characters easy.
Not once did I have to stop reading to try and figure out which character was being talked about.

This book is in the horror genre, but it is not what I would call scary or overly gory. There are some creepy and menacing scenes but nothing that was too gruesome or terrifying. With many books, readers need to suspend disbelief and I found it easy to do so with this book. A mysterious door in the middle of the woods with powers that opens to……(read and find out). I would have liked to have known a little more about the door and what lies beyond but again, I am wondering if this will be explored in future books in the series. Not this door perhaps, but other portals?

Overall an enjoyable book. This book is the first in the series and I will be looking forward to reading the next one.

Thank you to Kensington Books – Lyrical Underground and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Chills

ChillsChills by Mary SanGiovanni
Published by Lyrical Underground on September 27th 2016
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1601837488
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three-stars

Every once in a while I want to read a horror book. What can I say? I like them from time to time, So I did a search on the internet “best horror books of 2016” and this book came up. Sorry, but I would not put this book on my “best of” list.

The book begins with a freak snowstorm in May. The town that is hit the worst is Colby, Connecticut. Powerlines are down, schools and businesses are closed, people are staying indoors to wait out the storm.

Detective Jack Glazier has found a body hanging upside down from a tree in the woods. An occult symbol is burned/frozen/carved into the back of the victim. He and his partner, Reece Teagan are trying to find out what is going on and need to consult with an expert in this area. Kathy Ryan is an expert on the occult. Her brother just happens to be a serial killer (who once tried to kill her) with ties to the cult/occult in question. I wish there would have been more background information here.

Set in a rural snowy setting, chills did not send shivers up my spine. Monster (snow monsters?) begin attacking and eating people. People who the detectives think they can trust turn out to be untrustworthy. My older sister and I used to stay up on Saturday nights and watch “creature features” at midnight. That is what this book reminded me of. A bad B horror film. So why 3 stars? The writing was good. The author is a very good writer – I just wished liked her story better.

three-stars