Some doors should never be opened. . .
BEHIND THE DOOR is one of my favorite books this year. Mary SanGiovanni delivers a startling tale of extreme terror. The cover caught my eye. I was intrigued by the door and what was behind it. BEHIND THE DOOR is small town horror at its best. Mary SanGiovanni has created one of the best female protagonists in Kathy Ryan. I thought she was superb.
Enter not, nor give your soul to them behind this door.
I believe Kathy Ryan appeared in CHILLS. I haven't read it yet, but I'm going to soon. I don't think you have to read CHILLS before this one.
The small town of Zarepath has secrets. 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. People go to the Door seeking comfort or forgiveness. They deliver a handwritten letter asking for the emotional weight to be lifted. They seal the letter with a mixture of wax and their own blood, and slide it under the door. Three days after performing the task, their wish is answered––for better or worse.
A grieving mother makes the mistake of trying to get her letter back. When she opens the door, everything comes pouring out––I'm talking sins, secrets, and spirits. All hell breaks loose. Occultist Kathy Ryan must find a way to seal the door.
BEHIND THE DOOR grabs you by the collar and pulls you in. You can feel the dread and unease settle over the small town of Zarepath like an eerie mist. Strange things start happening. People start seeing things.
Sheriff Cole Toby and Kathy Ryan are my favorite characters. Mary SanGiovanni has created one of the strongest female leads I've ever read about. I look forward to her future adventures. The author also does a great job with the small town and its citizens. Each character moves the narrative forward. There are no throwaway characters.
Mary SanGiovanni delivers another gem. The vivid scenes jump from the page. At times, you will want to yell at the page because of certain characters. The bar scene stands out in my mind. I can still see that scene playing out in my head. The guy running for his life down deserted streets. I also loved the belly tentacles. It was so awesome! I love tentacles! That scene creeped me out and sent shivers down my spine.
It's a race against time to close the door. Will they succeed? You will have to read this one to find out.
From start to finish, this book reads fast. There's no padding or filler in this one. There are no slow parts. The tension stays tight throughout. The ending is great, too. Mary SanGiovanni flexes her writing muscles in BEHIND THE DOOR.
If you think that cover is badass, just wait until you read the story.
5/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐