Behind Closed Doors by Carol Wyer

Happy Wednesday! Today I have a new-to-me author to share with you as part of Zooloo’s Book Tours. Behind Closed Doors was released yesterday and is an Amazon Editors’ pick in Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense (for very good reason). I’ve said it before but one of my favorite parts of being on a book tour is that I get introduced to new authors and books and I get to share them with you. This is a book I hope you will enjoy.

About the book:

Two kidnappings, thirty years apart. Can Stacey face her own dark past in order to save her stepdaughter?

When Stacey’s ex-husband turns up on her doorstep begging her to help save his kidnapped thirteen-year-old daughter, Lyra, the terror is all too familiar. Stacey’s own violent kidnapping thirty years ago was never solved, and while a severe case of amnesia spares her from recalling the specific horrors, she remembers enough…

Stacey knows her father never paid the ransom—she has the missing pinkie finger to prove it. She knows she was only saved because of an anonymous tip-off to the police. And she knows her captor was never apprehended.

Lyra’s kidnappers have made it clear the police must not get involved. But Stacey can’t shake the eerie similarities between the two cases, and she’ll use whatever she can, from her journalistic powers to her shady contacts, to save Lyra from the same nightmare. Desperate to find any link between Lyra’s abduction and her own, Stacey forces herself to revisit her forgotten, traumatic past for clues.

But can she make sense of the terrible secrets she unearths in time to save Lyra? And if she does, is she ready to face her own tormentor?


As I mentioned, Carol Wyer is a new author to me so I didn’t have any expectations for this book. The amazing cover with newsprint letters and the book description drew me in. I have to say I was hooked from the first page. Stacey has blocked out her terrible kidnapping experience as a child despite the physical memories. She is now a highly successful investigative news writer. When her ex-stepdaughter, Lyra, is kidnapped, her ex, Jack, comes to her for help because of her past experience and her investigative skills. Stacey and Lyra have a close relationship and Stacey wants to do everything she can to find her.

As Stacey begins to help find Lyra memories, potentially from her own kidnapping, start to come back in bits. There is an urgency in the kidnappers ransom note and the author does a great job of expressing this with date and timestamped chapters. This book kept me engaged and I will definitely be reading more books by Carol Wyer!

About the author:

USA Today bestselling author and winner of The People's Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer's crime novels have sold over one million copies and been translated into nine languages.

A move from humour to the 'dark side' in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in Little Girl Lost and proved that Carol had found her true niche.

February 2021 saw the release of the first in the much-anticipated new series, featuring DI Kate Young. An Eye For An Eye was chosen as a Kindle First Reads and became the #1 bestselling book on Amazon UK and Amazon Australia.

Carol has had articles published in national magazines 'Woman's Weekly', featured in 'Take A Break', 'Choice', 'Yours' and 'Woman's Own' magazines and the Huffington Post. She's also been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ''Irritable Male Syndrome' and 'Ageing Disgracefully' and on BBC Breakfast television.

She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr. Grumpy... who is very, very grumpy. When she is not plotting devious murders, she can be found performing her comedy routine, Smile While You Still Have Teeth.

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  1. thank you so much for helping to kick off the insta book tour today with your review x


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