Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas ~Goodreads~
Published by Michael Joseph 2018
Paperback edition pages ~Book Depository~
Could your dream home be your worst nightmare?
After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family. And runnin a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.
But then their first guest arrives.
Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see. Its 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 to visit?
Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it…
Having previously read Claire Douglas’ Last Seen Alive and The Sisters I was thrilled to receive a proof copy of her latest novel ‘Do Not Disturb’.
Kirsty and her family decide to relocate from London to the village of Hywelphilly in the Brecon Beacons of Wales, with their daughters Amelia and Evie, where they open a Bed & Breakfast with Kirsty’s mother. After Adrian’s bad accident and crippling anxiety, the Welsh air seems the best place for them all, until Kirsty’s mother invites Selena to stay. Previously cut out of their lives for blatant untruths and having not spoken in sixteen years, Kirsty is uneasy with the situation but decides to let the past slip and accept that they’re adults now with other more important responsibilities.
Later, even more estranged family members appear as guests, including Kitsty’s Adopted brother, Nathan and his wife, and a former boyfriend of Selena’s. Trouble begins to brew once these guests turn up, and the characters’ lives begin to unfold, including murder, domestic violence, infidelity, marital problems, parenting problems, and mental health issues.
The final quarter of the book is when the plot begins to tie all the loose ends, with some chilling twists where the pace is quickened and throws you into the final conclusion. I didn’t predict the outcome, which makes this book even more worth the read because of its surprise at the end.
The message of this story seems to be how sometimes we don’t know our families as well as we think we do. Secrets, lies, and manipulations are at its core in this one and there’s certainly plenty of different going’s on that keeps you entertained with this book.
I devoured this book in just a few sittings thanks to its lovely short and snappy chapters. I do think Last Seen Alive is a difficult book to beat however. Nonetheless this book is an enjoyable read and is well written and thought out. I can’t wait to dip into a new Claire Douglas book again!