Haynes

I received this book from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

A child going missing whilst on holiday must, surely, be on the list of parents’ worst nightmares. For the Rainsford family, however, nightmare becomes reality as they return to England from Greece minus their fifteen-year-old daughter, Scarlett. It soon becomes apparent that there is more to this case than meets the eye, hence the title ‘Behind Closed Doors.’

Fast forward ten years, and Detective Inspector Louisa Smith, an officer involved in the original case, is shocked to discover that Scarlett has reappeared back in her hometown, alive although obviously severely damaged. It soon transpires that she has been forced to work as a prostitute in various brothels around Europe after falling prey to a gang of human traffickers. Scarlett’s experiences are truly horrific although the author does a good job in not making the descriptions too graphic.

‘Behind Closed Doors’ is the second novel in a series by Elizabeth Haynes although it can be treated as a stand alone book. A well-told, gripping story, my only concern while reading it was trying to remember who the minor characters were and their purpose in the narrative. Happily, by the end of the book, all of these loose ends were tied together.

Definitely recommended.

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