Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Behind the Door by Mary SanGiovanni - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Kathy Ryan #2

by Mary SanGiovanni
Genre: Horror

Pub Date: 8/28/2018

Occult specialist Kathy Ryan returns in this thrilling novel of paranormal
horror from Mary SanGiovanni, the author of 
Chills ...

Some doors should never be opened . . .
In the rural town of Zarepath, 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. For generations, folks have come to the
Door seeking solace or forgiveness. They deliver a handwritten letter
asking for some emotional burden to be lifted, sealed with a mixture
of wax and their own blood, and slide it beneath the Door. Three days
later, their wish is answered—for better or worse.
Kari is a single mother, grieving over the suicide of her teenage daughter. She made a
terrible mistake, asking the powers beyond the Door to erase the
memories of her lost child. And when she opened the Door to retrieve
her letter, she unleashed every sin, secret, and spirit ever trapped
on the other side.
Now, it falls to occultist Kathy Ryan to seal the door before Zarepath becomes hell on
earth . . .

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Behind the Door is a fantastic horror novel that will have you on the edge of your seat. It is a bit of a slow build, but once it gets going, it hooks you and doesn't let up until the very end. It's scary, horrifying, and will leave you conflicted. 
You know the saying 'Be careful what you wish for?' The people of Zarepath probably should have heeded that a little bit better...
In the woods, there is a mysterious door. No one knows where it came from, or why it's there. It just is. And, apparently, it's also some weird wishing well...or so the townsfolk think. Whatever they ask for in the letters they slip under the door comes true. But...not always in the way they want it to. You see, it's all about the wording.
The story is set in small-town PA (yay for PA!), and the cast of characters featured in the story range from a mourning mother to a retired sheriff to a disturbed, sick old man who could put a Catholic priest to shame. Yeah, he's that awful. 

Anyway, there's always been one rule when using the door to ask for something: never, ever, under any circumstances, open said door. Just word your letter carefully and slip it under. Then walk away and wait. Unfortunately, one of the townsfolk realizes what they asked for isn't quite what they expected. And when they try to take it back by opening the door, well, let's just say it does NOT work out in anyone's favor.

I don't really want to spoil anything, so I won't say anything else, but just know there are a lot of characters you'll want to smack for one reason or another. Some are just straight up awful (like the one I mentioned above), and some are just...well, grieving mothers. But there are also good, likeable characters, too, and you can understand why they've done what they've done when their secrets are revealed. And as for that conflicted feeling I mentioned above...
Yeah, maybe you won't feel it, but I kinda did. It wasn't until the very end, though, so there's that.

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is, I really enjoyed this story, and I was absolutely enthralled with how it played out. I was also a bit terrified, because I did read it at like 2 AM and during one part, my closet door popped open and I almost had heart failure. But other than that, it was all good.

If you like pulse-pounding horror that will keep you on the edge, check out Behind the Door.

4.5 stars from me!

Mary SanGiovanni is the author of the Bram Stoker nominated novel The
its sequels Found You and The Triumvirate, Thrall, Chaos, Savage Woods, 
Chills—which introduced occult security consultant Kathy Ryan—as well as the
novellas For 
Emmy, Possessing Amy, and The Fading Place,
as well as numerous short stories. She has been writing fiction for
over a decade, has a masters in writing popular fiction from Seton
Hill University, and is a member of The Authors Guild, Penn Writers,
and International Thriller Writers. Her website

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