I think New Adult and thrillers are both at the top of my favourite genres. So, when I got the opportunity to read Behind the Door that’s NA as well as thrilling I was really looking forward to it!
When Lara dies at the hands of a Manhattan lawyer during a sex game, his defense attorney, Carl, hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor and author of books on sexual behavior to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. To help his defense, Carl’s client has written a detailed account of his steamy, year-long relationship with Lara. Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis.
While evaluating the presumed killer’s writing Simone continues to receive psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies, and to research strange sexual behavior for her next book. Meanwhile, Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women.
From hot and unusual sex and interesting psychiatric patients, to the swing houses of New York and Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of mystery, suspense, humor, romance and erotica.
Pfew! What a book. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but I can already say that I really like it! I’m now 67% in and I’m dying to know what happens next, but unfortunately university work intervenes once again. As the blurb already says: it’s fast-paced, so I think I’ll have it finished before the end of the week!
The start of the book was really like someone was actually telling you a story. Which I loved. You get sucked right into the story of Simone, Carl, Mark, Lara and Edward. And you get to know quite fast that this isn’t a NA novel about people in their twenties. No, the people in the book are all around 40! So that’s something different (although they didn’t really behave like the 40’ers I know, besides being professional lawyers or psychiatrists).
Now I think about it, I wouldn’t really call this book a NA (I think I put that label on it myself, oops), because well. It’s more like … hardcore erotica. Not in a vulgar way! Not at all. But maybe I’m a little too “experienced” to be shocked by anything anymore, since I’ve read Fifty Shades and Unraveling the Earl was also quite … explicit.
I love how books are analysed in this story. One time Simone thinks about the fact that this manuscript she’s reading is written by the ‘killer’. So, he can easily have made it more beautiful than it really was, just to make him seem innocent. Because of that, and Mark being really detailed in his descriptions of the swing houses and restaurants he visits with Lara, Simone decides to visit a swing house herself. Together with Carl. You know what comes from that right? Yes. A steamy scene.
Talking about steamy scenes: sometimes I thought these scenes got followed by a way more serious ones (about trauma and anxiety) a little too fast. One time you’re reading about what happens at swing houses and the next you have a sobbing Lara, telling Mark all about her past …
I still have to read the other 33% of the book and I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT!
(so far) 4.3/5 ★!
*I received an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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