Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas #BookReview

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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 . . .

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star three and a half

I had very high expectations of this novel after reading Last Seen Alive, which was one of my favorite reads last year. It’s always difficult to live up to that expection so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised that I was feeling it just wasn’t as twisty compared to last time. I remember feeling actually shocked by the revelations in Last Seen Alive but that shock-effect with everything being turned upside down didn’t really make it into this one for me since I was able to foresee at least some of it. Am I getting just too good at this thing, it could also be a possibility :-).

Kirsty’s family of four moved to Wales to get a new start and they’re starting a b&b with her mother. As if that’s not enough eggshells to walk on, her mother invites Selena to stay, the niece she has cut out of her life for 17 years because she’s such a liar. They are adults now though and when Kirsty sees her with her daughter Ruby, her heart softens and she has to wonder if it’s time to put the past in the past. Do Not Disturb brings this estranged family back together, adding also her brother and his wife into the mix, and it was great seeing all the underlying tensions and secrets they kept from one another. Finding out why Kirsty and Selena fell out of love and out of touch kept me very busy, it was all very mysterious and things remained unspoken for quite a while. The author then adds an extra dash of creepiness by letting a few strange things occur in the house which make you wonder what exactly is going on and where the threat is coming from.

Do Not Disturb was a compelling read that is more than just a thriller or murder mystery. It’s about life as a family and I really appreciated how all the secrets and the façade of their splendid lives was slowly peeled away to its core. I found many ugly truths and tragedy in the end. But as I said, I did anticipate some of it and my instincts also told me to read certain scenes with a good dose of suspicion and it proved I was right on at least one major issue. I also kind of felt how it was going to end and I would have liked to have seen another culprit really. There were plenty of secrets and lots to discover and it’s definitely a good thriller that kept me well entertained but it’s not the novel that I would recommend most if you haven’t read any of her novels yet. I do look forward to reading her next one though because I’ve already seen what she can pull off!

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher through Netgalley. This is my honest opinion.

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28 thoughts on “Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas #BookReview

  1. This is on my August TBR. It will be my first book by the author. Sorry to hear that it didn’t exactly meet your expectations but I am glad that you still enjoyed it. Great review Inge!

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  2. You are getting too good;) Hate when you read a book and you think ‘if I’d read this a few years ago I’d be lauding it everywhere!’ (Reading Friend Request by Laura Marshell at the moment and its excellent but think a few years ago I’d have been jumping all over the place about it!)

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  3. This sounds pretty intriguing!
    Dunno what’s with families, they can make every situation 10 times worse and more thriller worthy 😀 I don’t have a big family, so cousins and aunties and whatnots are not a thing in my life, but these suspense books centered around family secrets always give me the creeps.

    Great review!

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  4. Just looked up Last Seen Alive on Goodreads and, I have to say, it sounds waaay more intriguing than the blurb of Do Not Disturb? Or maybe that’s because I’ve read DND already, hah.

    I’ve yet to properly write my own review, but you’re definitely right about the focus on family, the relationships and all the secrets. Just goes to show every member has his/her own secrets and issues to deal with even when they aren’t necessarily announcing them to the world.

    Lovely review! 🙂

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