Special Feature: Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins

I used to read a ton of thrillers when I was younger. The Kay Scarpetta novels got me hooked on reading again as a teen/young adult and once I devoured them, I moved on to some true crime as well as a number of other thriller/mysteries.

But then I kind of stopped reading them in favor of historical fiction. But over the last couple of years I have started to pick one up here and there. Now I am part of a murder book club and we are always looking for new and twisty murder mysteries to read.

This is one of those books that jumped out at me from my desk when it came up for review. Maybe it was the bright red cover or maybe it was the author but either way this book is a big contender for our September book pick. I am thrilled to be sharing all the info with you guys today. It’s getting a ton of advanced praise and I am looking forward to reading it soon, hopefully for our book club!


The author of the “suspenseful, atmospheric, and completely riveting” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author) debut The Winter Sister returns with a darkly thrilling novel about a woman who comes to believe that she has a connection to a decades old kidnapping and now that the victim has gone missing again, begins a frantic search to learn what happened in the past.

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 home in New Hampshire, 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. As Fern’s search becomes increasingly desperate, she hopes to remember her past so she can save Astrid in the present…before it’s too late.

Featuring Megan Collins’s signature “dark, tense, and completely absorbing” (Booklist) prose and plenty of shocking twists and turns, Behind the Red Door is an arresting thriller that will haunt you long after you turn the last page. (summary from Goodreads)


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