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Behind Closed Doors by Kathryn Croft. Review. 

I want to say initially that having seen some of the really bad reviews of this book on Goodreads, I really cannot understand them. I get that everyone’s entitled to their opinions but it’s really lost on me, how, if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers you couldn’t enjoy this book. 

Now that’s out of the way, I want to say a little something about Kathryn Croft. I was first introduced to her when I read her novel While You Were Sleeping last year. Kathryn started out as a self published author but was soon snapped up by publishers Bookouture, and there’s a reason for that. Kathryn is a really good author and writes fantastic psychological thrillers. She’s also a really great person and you can read my interview with her here: https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/author-interview-kathryn-croft/

As well as my positive reviews of the other two novels I’ve read by her here: 

While You Were Sleeping: https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/while-you-were-sleeping-by-kathryn-croft-review/

The Stranger Within: https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/the-stranger-within-by-kathyrn-croft-review/

Now, Behind Closed Doors is one of the novels Kathryn wrote as a self published author which means she wrote, edited and marketed that book herself. Which frankly to me makes it even more amazing! I really enjoyed it start to finish and couldn’t put it down! 


Olivia has just got divorced from her husband and moved into a flat with her 10 year old daughter Ellie. Soon after moving in, she befriends and becomes close to their upstairs neighbour Michael. But things start going downhill from there, Michael can be a little strange at times and Ellie hates his sister Chloe. To top it off, Olivia is having to deal with an ex-husband who doesn’t want to let her go, and now she’s got a stalker as well. As things start to get even weirder, Olivia doesn’t know where to turn or who she can trust anymore. Who is really out to get her? 


This novel was a real page turner. What baffled me most was that a lot of previous reviewers said the ending was obvious. I simply cannot agree, there were plenty of red herrings thrown in and just like our first person narrator Olivia, I didn’t have a clue who to trust, no sooner did I think I’d worked it out, I became suspicious of someone else. I did start to work out who it was eventually but not until about 95% of the way through, and even then I wasn’t expecting that ending! I’m still reeling and pretty certain I’ll have a book hangover for a few days while I try and process that! 

Well done Kathryn on another suspenseful, psychological thriller! 

The Stranger Within by Kathyrn Croft. Review 

The Stranger Within is the second novel I’ve read by Kathryn Croft, I also had the pleasure of interviewing her for my first author interview last year which you can see here: https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/author-interview-kathryn-croft/

Kathryn is a very skilled thriller writer and The Stranger Within only reinforced this view for me. Callie is recently married to widower James and has taken on parenting of his two sons Dillon and Luke. But all they do is give her trouble, refusing to allow her to take their mother’s place they do everything from telling lies, refusing to speak to her and even at times physically abusing her. Callie is at the end of her tether. The novel begins at the police station where Callie is being accused of murder. The rest of the novel is the story of what led to this point and most importantly who was her victim? 


The novel is not a cheerful one let me tell you! Callie’s life is a living hell and her husband James is frankly pathetic, telling her he’ll ‘speak to’ the boys and then they just carry on doing what they want. It’s no surprise things turn out for her the way they do when she has literally no support! Even her friends are too wrapped up in their own lives to help her and if the boys weren’t enough, there’s the crazy old lady next door who has a grudge against her as well! Not to mention Miss Tabitha ‘sexy receptionist at James’ work who’s also causing her problems. 


Throughout, I just felt really sorry for Callie and even more so with how it all ends, although the less said about that the better! No spoilers here! She just has a really hard time of it and to be honest if I had to put up with what she did I’d have walked out before the shit hit the fan! 

I really enjoyed this novel though, it was gripping and definitely a true thriller! The character of Callie was very likeable I really took the offences against her personally! I’ll definitely be reading more from Kathryn Croft! 

Author Interview – Kathryn Croft

Welcome to my first monthly author interview. I’m really honoured to be welcoming Kathryn Croft author of five amazing thriller novels including the gripping While You Were Sleeping published by Bookouture on 16th November 2016.

I recently featured a review of Kathryn’s book on my site which can be found here: http://www.lifehasafunnyway.com/while-you-were-sleeping-by-kathryn-croft-review/

I caught up with Kathryn following the publication of While You Were Sleeping an understandably exciting time:

 

So, Kathryn, what was your background and how did you get into writing?

I have always loved writing and knew that one day I would have to write a novel. But I made several attempts before actually completing one. It was only after teaching secondary school English for six years that I knew I had to take the plunge and follow my dream.

 

What are your ambitions for your writing?

I’ve been so lucky to have achieved more than I could have imagined already but I would absolutely love to secure a film deal for any one of my books.

 

Which Writers inspire you?

Nikki French and Sophie Hannah were my early inspirations when I first started out. They are truly fantastic writers and storytellers.

 

How much research went into writing While You Were Sleeping?

As I know very little about police procedure, I researched what I would need to know about the crime and how it would be investigated.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently planning book 6 but its at the very early stages at the moment.

 

Which of your books did you enjoy writing the most?

I have loved writing all of my books but While You Were Sleeping really flowed for me. I also have a soft spot for The Stranger Within.

 

What do you use to do your writing?

I write notes by hand when I’m planning then type on the computer.

 

Would you ever write something outside of the thriller genre?

I wish I had the talent to write different genres but I’ll just have to leave that to the experts like Angela Marsons and Mel Sharratt!

 

How often do you write? Do you set yourself a word target or just go with it when inspiration strikes?

I usually write 1000 words every day, but actually for While You Were Sleeping I wrote 2000 words a day!

 

What sort of publishing route did you choose and why?

When I first started out, my goal was to secure a traditional publishing deal but things don’t always go exactly to plan. I managed to find my agent quickly but we couldn’t get a deal for my first novel, so we self-published on Amazon and did the same for the second book. It was only book 3 which got an amazing book deal with Bookouture. However, I really enjoyed self-publishing and I’m glad I had that experience.

 

How do you market your books? What have been your marketing successes and failures?

Marketing is not my strong point but thankfully my publishers are skilled at this and they have an amazing publicity expert, Kim Nash, and she does a wonderful job of getting my books out there. I do try to stay active on social media though, which is essential.

 

If you could be the original author of any book what would it have been and why?

The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It’s one of my favourite books, and funnily enough it isn’t a thriller!

 

What are your views on good and bad reviews? How much do you think the success of books relies on reviews?

 

I am extremely grateful to anyone who takes the time to write a review if they enjoyed my books. Everyone has the right to their opinion and not everybody will like every book, but I do think reviews never need to get personal!

 

If you’d like to hear more from Kathryn you can check out the following:

 

http://www.kathryncroft.com

follow @katcroft on Twitter

visit authorkathryncroft on Facebook

search Kathryn Croft on Goodreads

check out her amazon authors page Kathryn Croft

 

Thank you so much to Kathryn for taking the time to answer my questions and permitting me to post our interview on my blog. If you want to be featured as next month’s author of the month then please get in touch via my contact me page or on twitter @lifehasafunnywy or facebook Life Has a Funny Way.

 

You can also currently snap up the ebook of While You Were Sleeping for 99p on Amazon so get it while you can!

 

While you were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft. Review 

Wowwee! What an amazing crime thriller While you Were Sleeping is. 
This is the first book I’ve ready by Kathryn Croft but I’m sure it won’t be the last. While you Were Sleeping is fast paced throughout and keeps you guessing right until the end with a massive unbelievable twist. 

The story begins with Tara. Wife of Noah and mother to Rosie and Spencer. Tara is an artist and while her husband is in New York for the weekend and her kids staying out with friends and family she’s taking some much needed time to get some painting done. All that changes though when she wakes up naked in her neighbours bed to find him stabbed to death beside her. Tara has no recollection of the night before. 

In the middle of all this we see Tara and Noah’s marital problems and the issues with their daughter Rosie who has previously been arrested and cautioned for stalking. Tara’s sister Lisa is also having problems as she tries to come to terms with settling down In a relationship after years of travelling around the world and being a free spirit. Meanwhile as suspicion falls on Tara and her family they find the neighbours turning against them. 

This novel has a very engaging storyline. It’s easy to empathise with Tara whose world has been turned upside down and as the plot develops we as readers start to see how things might have gone wrong. The author is very clever in that she weaves her web so that nobody is safe from suspicion. Lee Jacobs the murdered man goes from an innocent guy brutally murdered for no apparent reason, to a person whom everyone had the motive to kill. In the midst of all these lies and deceit nobody can be trusted. It is truly gripping. 

Slight spoilers. *

If I had any criticism it is that sometimes the story was a little unbelievable or didn’t make sense. Things like saying the doors were double locked and then Tara’s stalker is in the kitchen. No explanation for how he got in. Or in the beginning When Tara says she has confirmed with Bernadette (Libby’s mum) that she is taking Libby and Rosie to the West End but then later this changes to Bernadette texting to say Rosie was ill and never stayed with them at all. 

However in the grand scheme of things these small contradictions weren’t enough to spoil the story. Without them it would have been an easy 5* rating. However, 4* represents just how shocking and gripping this novel was.