Behind Closed Doors

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Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors Ten years ago fifteen year old Scarlett Rainsford vanished while on a family holiday in Greece Was she abducted or did she run away Lou Smith worked the case as a police constable and failing to fi

  • Title: Behind Closed Doors
  • Author: Elizabeth Haynes
  • ISBN: 9780062276117
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ten years ago, fifteen year old Scarlett Rainsford vanished while on a family holiday in Greece Was she abducted, or did she run away Lou Smith worked the case as a police constable, and failing to find Scarlett has been one of the biggest regrets of her career No one is shocked than Lou to learn that Scarlett has unexpectedly been found during a Special Branch raiTen years ago, fifteen year old Scarlett Rainsford vanished while on a family holiday in Greece Was she abducted, or did she run away Lou Smith worked the case as a police constable, and failing to find Scarlett has been one of the biggest regrets of her career No one is shocked than Lou to learn that Scarlett has unexpectedly been found during a Special Branch raid of a brothel in Briarstone.Lou and her Major Crimes team are already stretched working two troubling cases nineteen year old Ian Palmer was found badly beaten soon after, bar owner Carl McVey was found half buried in the woods, his Rolex and money gone While Lou tries to establish the links between the two cases, DS Sam Hollands works with Special Branch to question Scarlett What happened to her Where has she been until now And why is her family with the exception of her emotionally fragile younger sister, Juliette less than enthusiastic about her return When another brutal assault and homicide are linked to the McVey murder, Lou s cases collide, and the clues all point in one terrifying direction As the pressure and the danger mount, it becomes clear that the silent, secretive Scarlett holds the key to everything.

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    1. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* on said:

      "Sometimes you make mistakes. And if you don't own up to them, they turn into bigger mistakes and bigger ones.My name is Scarlett RainsfordI'm from a town in Briarstone, in England. I was on holiday with my family when they took meI hadn't wanted to come on holiday at all. I'd been dreading it. A whole week with my parents and my sister? I wouldn't be able to stand it. We'd end up killing each other. Who knew what would happen?"DCI Lou (Louisa)Smith worked Scarlett's disappearance as a police co [...]

    2. Melinda on said:

      Quite a page turner, Haynes displays slick prose in minute detail, the brutality of human trafficking is distressful. An unmistakably uneasy well crafted mystery.A cast of memorable female protagonists. Two female protagonists standout - Lou, a dedicated officer of the law, empathetic, she's rigid yet flexible. Awkward in her romantic relationship she slowly manages to let her walls down. She faces an ongoing battle of balancing her professional and personal life. A smidgen of a romantic storyli [...]

    3. Liz Barnsley on said:

      So the second book in the “Louisa Smith” series and with this one, the character and the series comes into its own. The introduction (Under a Silent Moon) was a clever take on the Police Procedural, intelligently done and highly absorbing. With “Behind Closed Doors” Ms Haynes as taken it to the next level – a darker tale for sure, some emotional themes exploring a side of humanity we rather wish didnt exist, with another cast of superbly creative characters that keep you turning the pa [...]

    4. Bill Kupersmith on said:

      Ever since reading Into the Darkest Corner I have thought Elizabeth Haynes ranks with Tana French & Sharon Bolton as a creator of crime fiction, but till now she’s not quite been able to bring all of her strengths to bear in one book. Into the Darkest Corner had a hugely affecting & lovable principal character & victim in Cathy, but by half-way compassion fatigue was beginning to overcome me watching her used as a doormat. Genevieve in Revenge of the Tide (aka Dark Tide) is truly a [...]

    5. Elaine on said:

      In the second Louisa Smith novel, Lou is in for a shock when a case from the past is suddenly brought back to life. 10 years ago Scarlett Rainsford vanished whilst on holiday in Greece and Louisa, then a DC, worked on the case. Now, Scarlett has returned and Louisa and Sam Holland must work to gain her confidence and find out what happened to her 10 years ago and where she has been in the meantime. A job not made easier by the demands of her existing workload – investigating the beating of a y [...]

    6. Elaine on said:

      3.5 Stars 14 year old Scarlett Rainsford disappears from Greece whilst on holiday with her parents and younger sister.10 years later she is found working in a brothel back in her home town.Where has she been for the last ten years?DCI Lou Smith wants answersDo her parents know more than they lead the police to believe?My thoughts.I enjoyed the story of Scarlett and what happened to her. I found it believable and quite terrifying at times.Although the story did engage me, I did at times find it c [...]

    7. Jules on said:

      Unfortunately, I was unable to get into Behind Closed Doors, and gave up half way through. Although I was reasonably interested in Scarlett’s story, I wasn’t keen on other aspects of the novel. I didn’t find the police procedural sections very interesting, and felt it dragged me away from Scarlett’s story. I also didn’t fully understand the point of the police intelligence reports. They just felt like they interrupted the flow of the story, and the witness statements were so tiny, they [...]

    8. Deanna on said:

      After reading "Into the Darkest Corner" and really enjoying it, I was looking forward to this novel. I somehow missed the prequel to this one "Under a Silent Moon". However, I read that others read this novel only and that it may not be necessary to read the other novel first. I decided to read "Behind Closed Doors" as I was very interested in what appeared to be the main storyline. The case of 15 year old Scarlett Rainsford who vanished 10 years ago, while on a family vacation in Greece. At fir [...]

    9. Luanne Ollivier on said:

      I've been a fan of Elizabeth Haynes since I stumbled upon her first book - Into the Darkest Corner. She was quickly added to my list of 'must read every book they write' authors.Behind Closed Doors is Haynes's fifth book and the second to feature Detective Inspector Louisa Smith of the Briarstone Major Crimes division.Teenager Scarlett Rainford disappeared ten years ago while on vacation with her family in Greece. Was she taken? Or did she run away? She - or her body -was never found.Until now. [...]

    10. Paromjit on said:

      Behind Closed Doors is a pertinent title for this dark thriller which looks at the underbelly of the sex trafficking industry experienced by Scarlett,since she was kidnapped (as a 15 year old teenager) whilst on holiday with her dysfunctional family in Greece. Elizabeth Haynes has constructed a well crafted and meticulously researched police procedural delineated by real protocols, forms and reports.A young Louisa had been part of the earlier police search to find Scarlett that failed. It begins [...]

    11. Vicki - I Love Reading on said:

      This seems to be the first book I have read by this author, but it's safe to say it wont be the last.I hadn't realised when I started to read this that it was book 2. I hate reading books out of order.It was an interesting read. I liked how we got to see past and present.​Scarlett disappeared while on holiday with her family. No trace of her, never to be seen again. Or so it seemed. 10 years later Scarlett turns up, but where can she have been for all this time and doing what, with whom?​Aft [...]

    12. Albert on said:

      Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes is an intense crime drama that at too many points seems to lose its way as it tells the story by flipping back and forth from the past to the present. Ten years past fifteen year old Scarlett Rainsford vanished while on a family vacation in Greece. A constable at the time, Lou Smith worked the missing person case, never sure if Scarlett had been abducted or had run away. Ten years later, during a raid by Special Branch in Briarstone at a suspected brothel, [...]

    13. Katy Noyes on said:

      4.5 starsA story no parent wants to read. Fortunately, if you're worried about becoming upset with the 'child abduction and prostitution' elements of the story, I found them leaning towards the less-graphic side. While there is plenty to be shocked and upset over, the details of some scenes that would be the worst are glossed over enough to give you the idea without dwelling on the more upsetting images of what is happening.Still, it's dark, it's incredibly sad, and it's violent. Picking up with [...]

    14. Cleo Bannister on said:

      Scarlett Rainsford has been missing since that morning ten years ago when her family woke up on the last day of their holiday in Greece to find her missing. DCI Louisa Smith was a DC at the time and worked on the case, it was one of those she never forgot, after all Scarlett was a vulnerable fifteen year old girl! When she receives the call to tell her not only is Scarlett alive but she is back in Briarstone, having been found by Lou’s colleagues during a raid on a local brothel, Louisa is kee [...]

    15. Laura on said:

      Reviewed at snazzybooks.I've definitely become a little obsessed with thrillers recently; I've always loved reading them but can't get enough recently! I love the suspense and mystery of the genre and Behind Closed Doors certainly doesn't disappoint!The story is actually the second in the DCI Louisa Smith series; I haven't read the first (Under A Silent Moon) but found that didn't impact my enjoyment. I might have picked up on certain additional things if I'd read the first in the series but nev [...]

    16. Gail on said:

      This book grabs you from the first page and doesn't let you go until the end. The pace is relentless for the most part, and I couldn't put it down.This is the second in the DCI Louisa Smith series. It starts off with the abduction of 15 year old Scarlett Rainsford who is on holiday with her parents and sister, Juliette, on the Greek island of Rhodes. The story alternates between the start of the abduction in 2003 and the present day. Louisa had been a young DC in 2003 and was involved in trying [...]

    17. Joan on said:

      I felt like I was really out of my element with this one. I love thrillers, and I love the dark and unsettling plot of Behind Closed Doors. The danger of human trafficking is believable and realistic, especially when we follow Scarlett's story and how she was abducted, and when she thought she was finally rescued, she found out that it was just a different type of hell. I shudder just thinking about it.And the dynamics of her family is similarly disturbing. Being a fan of psychological thrillers [...]

    18. Valerie on said:

      This excellent police procedural addresses the problem of sex trafficking which is now a worldwide problem. In fact, it is no doubt going on in your city or town, or one very near you. I know that to be true in the area where I live in northern California. Ten years before the beginning of this story, a 15 year old girl disappeared to show up again in the present, working at a brothel in a small town in England. Scarlett Rainsford disappeared while on vacation in Greece with her parents and youn [...]

    19. Andrea on said:

      I would like to rate this book 2.5 stars because:+ interesting plot, main plot line well executed and gripping+ victim entirely believable and three-dimensional+ overall engaging writing style, easy read, no irritationsIt is not more than that because: - good plot idea, but not very well executed, feels somehow incomplete- way too many minor characters and perpetrators- too many plot lines, too ambitious- annoying procedural / protocols and such (read on a Kindle, some of these embedded mock-off [...]

    20. Susan Angela Wallace on said:

      I received this as an arc from net galley in exchange for an honest review. Scarlett and her family are on holiday in Greece. Scarlett is taken from her family. DCI Lou and her team are on the case. Very good read. I liked the story and the characters. It took me a while to get used to the way it was written. Keep going to different characters. And keep going from past to present. I really wanted to know what happened to Scarlett. A real page Turner, and Wow what a twist at the end. Didn't see t [...]

    21. Wendy on said:

      Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth HaynesHarper, 2015Crime Fiction; 496 pgsBehind Closed Doors by Eizabeth Haynes is the author's second book in the Detective Inspector Louisa Smith series. Much like the first book in the series, Under a Silent Moon, Haynes takes the reader into the heart of a police investigation. Where this book differs, however, is in its presentation and intensity. Interspersed with the investigation is the third person narrative from young Scarlett, retelling her account of b [...]

    22. Margaret Dudgeon on said:

      really enjoyed this even though I hadn't read 1st one didn't matter. loved characters definitely worth a read.

    23. Susan Hampson on said:

      Firstly I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book. This is the second book by this author that I have read, the first being Into the Darkest Corner which I felt was harrowing. This novel though played with every emotion I have and at one point it made me cry. When 15 year old Scarlett Rainsford goes missing while on a family holiday in Rhodes the Greek Police believe they will be looking for a dead body. Valuable hours are lost before the Brit [...]

    24. Julie - Book Hooked Blog on said:

      WritingI fell in love with Elizabeth Haynes when I read Into the Darkest Corner, but somehow she fell off my radar until recently, when I rediscovered her while working on my Scanning the Backlist series. I grabbed a copy of Under a Silent Moon to read in preparation for this one and absolutely fell in love with the series. Behind Closed Doors is the second DCI Louisa Smith story, and I picture a bright future for the series. Haynes was a crime analyst before she was an author and it really show [...]

    25. Sarah on said:

      4.5 starsBehind Closed Doors is an uncomfortable but compelling read. With a storyline to do with human trafficking I could honestly have sat down and wept in parts knowing that even though this is a work of fiction it is a very serious issue that is very much true to life.The story alternates between current day and the lead up to Scarlett going missing, the day she goes missing and what has happened to her up to her being found.Lou feels quite guilty having worked on the original case of missi [...]

    26. Laurel-Rain on said:

      In October 2013, in Briarstone, DCI Louisa Smith is tasked with an investigation that went cold ten years before, but has now resurrected itself. A missing girl, Scarlett Rainsford, has reappeared and is in safekeeping in a hotel.In August 2003, Scarlett disappeared one night from the apartments where her family was staying while vacationing in Greece. Her younger sister Juliette had no information to provide at the time of her disappearance, and neither did her parents, Clive and Annie.But ther [...]

    27. Ashley on said:

      I couldn't put this book down and all of the narrative elements made for a gripping read. We get a sense right out of the gate that Lou Smith is a little overwhelmed as a DCI: her team is working to solve a murder and an assault when Lou gets asked to be a consultant for a case that went unsolved a decade ago. Scarlett Rainsford, a local girl who disappeared on a family vacation in Greece 10 years ago, has reappeared living at a brothel nearby. Haynes really allows Scarlett's story to shine as i [...]

    28. Suzan Lloyd on said:

      I really liked that this novel opened up a different perspective to the detection that the Police have to painstakingly do.My best reads are always those that provide me with escapism to another world but leave me with something to think about. This certainly does both as the themes of human trafficking and psychological and physical abuse are explored and unravelled.The Author gives the reader enough detail for this to be a painful and unsettling read. There are clues that I tried to ignore hop [...]

    29. Joanne Robertson on said:

      This is the second book in the Louisa Smith police procedural series that Elizabeth Haynes has moved onto after her stand alone psychological thrillers. Although I have to say it is the first one that I have read but that I will certainly be putting the other one on my "most wanted" wishlist!Scarlett Rainford was kidnapped during a foamy holiday in Rhodes at the age of 15. Ten years later Lou Smith is in the middle of other cases when she is summoned to a meeting to be told that Scarlett has tur [...]

    30. Steph on said:

      At times I became engrossed in the story, around the middle but there was so much of it bored me. It wasn't just a story about 15 year old Scarlett being kidnapped on holiday by traffickers and turned to prostitution, but there was all this other story on crime lords and big gangs with drugs and murders and so many different names that I hadn't a clue who was who and far less did I actually care.I kinda had a gist of Scarlett's home life before she was kidnapped and of her sisters though I was e [...]

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