REVIEW: BEHIND THE RED DOOR, BY MEGAN COLLINS

When Fern Douglas sees the news about Astrid Sullivan, a thirty-four-year-old missing woman from Maine, she is positive that she knows her. Fern’s husband is sure it’s because of Astrid’s famous kidnapping—and equally famous return—twenty years ago, but Fern has no memory of that, even though it happened an hour outside her New Hampshire hometown. And when Astrid appears in Fern’s recurring nightmare, one in which a girl reaches out to her, pleading, Fern fears that it’s not a dream at all, but a memory.

Back at her childhood home to help her father pack for a move, Fern purchases a copy of Astrid’s recently published memoir—which may have provoked her original kidnapper to abduct her again—and as she reads through its chapters and visits the people and places within it, she discovers more evidence that she has an unsettling connection to the missing woman. With the help of her psychologist father, Fern digs deeper, hoping to find evidence that her connection to Astrid can help the police locate her. But when Fern discovers more about her own past than she ever bargained for, the disturbing truth will change both of their lives forever.

Behind the Red Door is one woman’s journey into the mysteries of the past and how she sees the world, a journey that leads Fern to explore how she is connected to Astrid.

To find the answers, she must sort through memories that she has repressed.

As we follow along on Fern’s quest, I was able to put the pieces together. Fern struggled to accept the identity of the abductor, and was finally able to make some difficult decisions as a result. But I wasn’t prepared for the unexpected twists in the end, and I was left questioning what Fern would do with those answers. Would she finally be able to move forward? A page turner that earns 4.5 stars.

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