Ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished without a trace during a family holiday to Greece. Not being able to find Scarlett was one of the biggest regrets of DCI Louisa Smith’s career and when Scarlett is discovered back in her home town after all this time, Lou is determined to find out what happened to her and why she remained hidden for so long. Was she abducted or did she run away?
As Lou and her team delve deeper into Scarlett’s past, their investigation throws up more questions than it answers. But as they edge closer to the truth about what really went on behind closed doors, it is more sinister and disturbing than they had ever imagined.
Behind Closed Doors is Elizabeth Haynes’s fifth book and the second to feature Detective Inspector Louisa Smith of the Briarstone Major Crimes. Behind Closed Doors deals with the difficult subject of human trafficking, although a disturbing subject Haynes manages to deal with a difficult subject in a sensitive way. I was engrossed reading about Scarlett and what happened to her, but I found the present-day investigation into organised crime rather hard to follow This is a book that will thrill lovers of the police procedural sections which gave an air of authenticity to the story, but at times I felt they we’re unnecessary, especially the witness statements, which were almost impossible to see on my kindle. Although I enjoyed this book, it’s not Elizabeth Haynes at her best, and I have dropped a star because in parts I found it hard to follow.
4☕️☕️☕️☕️Out of 5 from me