Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas Michael Joseph August 9th 2018
COULD YOUR DREAM HOME BE YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE?
After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family. And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.
But then their first guest arrives. Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see. It’s seventeen years since she tore everything apart.
Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life? Is Selena running from something too? Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?
Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . .
I love the Brecon Beacons but after reading Do Not Disturb I am not sure I will be in a hurry to return.
It all seemed so idyllic. Uproot your entire family and open a bed and breakfast in an old run down rectory, what could go wrong? As Kirsty soon found out it became her and her families worst nightmare and one that I would definitely not like to be a part off.
Kirsty was everything I like in a strong female character. She was stoic, determined and strong, never afraid to confront the past and deal with the present. I also felt slightly sorry for her, and did get a little frustrated with her husband, who although was not entirely well, seemed unable or unwilling to help her. Her mother was equally as bad, harbouring secrets and making her life difficult.
Selena, was an altogether different character, one I instantly disliked, something niggling in my mind that told me she was somewhat economical with the truth, even if she was a good mum towards her disabled daughter. Trouble seemed to arrive at the same time as Selena and it wasn’t long before strange happenings sent shivers down my spine and I began to question just who was telling the truth and who had something sinister to hide.
Douglas was brilliant at building the suspense, the old rectory setting just perfect for those creaking floorboards and doors in the middle of the night. What she also did very well, was to keep me guessing. Just when I thought I had it all worked out, she threw in another twist that sent me in a different direction, and in some ways I felt I was Kirsty as I discovered and experienced the events at the same time.
As I read, the suspense and tension became palpable and the secrets tumbled out, some expected and some not. I did wonder how this family and indeed the guest house would survive, but knew with Kirsty’s strength and determination that it would.
As much as Do Not Disturb was a thriller, it also touched on mental illness, the effects it can have on not just the one afflicted but also the rest of the family, particularly children. Douglas dealt with it in a sensitive and measured way, never overplaying, never overpowering the main plotline.
Do No Harm, was a page turning and addictive thriller and if I hadn’t have been moving house would have read in one sitting. Highly recommended!
I would like to thank Michael Joseph for a copy of Do No Harm to read and review and to Katie Ashworth for inviting My Bookish BlogSpot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years writing features for women’s magazines and national newspapers, but she’s dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award, with her first novel, The Sisters, which was followed by Local Girl Missing and Last Seen Alive, both Sunday Times bestsellers. She lives in Bath with her husband and two children.