Review: Behind the Door (Kathy Ryan #2) by Mary Sangiovanni

Print Length: 190 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Underground (August 28, 2018)

From Some doors should never be opened . . .

In the rural town of Zarepath, deep in the woods on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, stands the Door. No one knows where it came from, and no one knows where it leads. For generations, folks have come to the Door seeking solace or forgiveness. They deliver a handwritten letter asking for some emotional burden to be lifted, sealed with a mixture of wax and their own blood, and slide it beneath the Door. Three days later, their wish is answered for better or worse.

Kari is a single mother, grieving over the suicide of her teenage daughter. She made a terrible mistake, asking the powers beyond the Door to erase the memories of her lost child. And when she opened the Door to retrieve her letter, she unleashed every sin, secret, and spirit ever trapped on the other side.

Now, it falls to occultist Kathy Ryan to seal the door before Zarepath becomes hell on earth . . .


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Those of you who have been following my reviews since I first began blogging know that I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this author. The two other novels I read by her left me less than impressed, so I was hesitant to take a third chance on her. 


This story was everything the synopsis promised it would be. I was drawn into this town, and these people from the very beginning. One thing I have noticed about her novels is that there are a lot of characters. Each one with their own stories and their own problems - and sometimes that does lead to a bit of confusion, and the overall feeling that with the exception of one or two of these characters there has been no real character growth. It was also, at least for me, missing the crucial part of the after story. How did these people move forward from what happened to them? 

Despite that, I found myself enjoying this story and I do believe this novel will appeal to those who enjoy a well written horror/thriller story. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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