Behind Closed Doors

The powerful new novel about how life can change course in a heartbeat. From the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of Never Say Goodbye.

When fourteen-year-old Sophie Monroe suddenly vanishes one night it looks at first as though she’s run away from home.
Her computer and mobile phone have gone, and she’s taken a bag full of clothes.


As the police investigation unfolds a wealth of secrets from the surrounding community start coming to light. And it seems everyone has something to hide.


For Detective Sergeant Andrea Lawrence, the case is a painful reminder of the tragedy that tore her family apart over twenty years ago. She is convinced there is more to Sophie’s disappearance than teenage rebellion.


But is the past clouding her judgment, preventing her from seeing a truth that neither she, nor Sophie’s family, would ever want to face?

Reviews for “Behind Closed Doors”

  • Diana says:

    I am 35 years old, up until a few months ago I had never read a novel since school where I begrudged doing so. I never found any joy or purpose in reading… That is until Behind Closed doors found its way into my hand. I had never connected with a book before, but this was so well written and for the first time reading I could picture what was going on and feel how the characters felt. I particularly liked the factual feel of the police investigation and pressures from the job. I also liked the way current events were stirring up memories from the past for the investigator as she struggled to keep her emotions in tact. I couldn’t quite belief the revelations of the investigation and had to put the book down to gasp and take all in, before quickly lifting it back up to read more! Well done to the author who has given me the love of reading, as soon as I find I shed behind closed doors I felt lost so immediately bought another Susan Lewis book…. Silent Truths, which certainly didn’t disappoint!!

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi Diana, Thank you so much for these lovely words. I’m delighted to hear that Behind Closed Doors resonated so well with you. You might be interested to know that Andee Lawrence also appears in The Girl Who Came Back, The Moment You Left and Hiding in Plain Sight. Also, Silent Truths is the first in a series of books that continues with Wicked Beauty, Intimate Strangers and The Hornbeam true. Whew!!! A lot of reading! If you do get round to them I really hope you enjoy them. 🙂 xx

  • Marie Riggs says:

    Hi although have read many of your books over time,none made me cry as “Behind Closed Doors” the last chapter had me in such tears that I couldn’t see to read. You are an amazing author. Thank you so much. Marie Riggs

  • Angela says:

    Most of your novels should be made into blockbusting films darkest longings the truth about you no child of mine don’t let me go wildflower I could go on love the character Jolyon crane please keep him popping up

    • Susan Lewis says:

      I only wish I could make it happen, Angela. Thank you so much for suggestion it – let’s keep our fingers crossed. 🙂

  • Angela says:

    Hi Susan
    I’ve read every single one of your books and I must say no child of mine and don’t let me go are my favourites I love the character Jolyon crane who’s appeared in a few novels and would you do anything on that charchter alone or are you going to include him from time to tome it’s so exiting I just love it and I also think darkest longings should have been made into a blockbusting film xx

  • Linda doyle says:

    Just finished The Truth About You, sadly, as I was so involved with the characters, I got to like them and would have liked to know more, and feel I will miss them now, especially Lainey, a lovely character. You make family stories seem so real and situations exactly as they might happen. My friend recommended you and this was my second book of yours but definitely not my last. Can’t wait to start another one. Thankyou.

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Thank you, Linda, for such lovely words. And please thank your friend for recommending my books. I’m so thrilled to hear how much you enjoy them, it really inspires me to keep going.

  • Nanette Mbili says:

    Hi Susan
    I have started reading your books and I just want to say thank you so much for your powerful gift of writing.. you have made me see the world in a different perspective and I have really enjoyed reading your novels xx PS my favourite book is No Child Of Mine☺

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi Nannette, what a lovely thing to say, thank you so much. I’m delighted your favourite is No Child of Mine. Did you know that Don’t Let Me Go is a sequel to this book? I hope you continue to enjoy. 🙂

  • Anna says:

    Hello Susan,
    I am considering reading your book “Behind the closed doors” but I don’t know the age rating for that book. How old should a person be to read that book?
    Warm regards,

    • Susan Lewis says:

      You can be any age, there’s nothing overtly sexual, violent or horrific contained in the book. I hope you enjoy it.

  • Shirley says:

    Hi Suzan , i have started reading your books with Behind Closed doors and i so much loved it that i ordered the second book, Too close to home and cant wait for it to arrive. Keep up the great work . Shirley , South Africa

    • Susan Lewis says:

      That’s so lovely, Shirley. Thank you so much. I really hope you end up enjoying them all!! 🙂 No pressure xx

  • Averil Breese says:

    I have just finished reading Don’t Let Me Go which kept me interested to the last page, I will certainly look out for more of your stories in the future. I belong to a group of friends who started up a cancer support group a few years ago, we have a book to read every few months and then we discuss it, I am going to suggest one of your books in future. All the best. And thank you. Averil

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi Averil, thank you for your lovely comments. Might I suggest Never Say Goodbye for your support group? I think you might find it of some interest.

  • Maxine Burkhil says:

    So far I have read about 8 of you books and I have loved every one of them as I read them I feel Iam part of the family and the story ! I particularly loved No child of mine and the follwi up ! I ve just read Intimate strangers and think I must now read the Hornbeam or something ! Thank you for your books ! Maxine

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Thank you, Maxine, for your lovely words. I’m so glad you feel you’re a part of the family when reading, it’s definitely how I feel when writing!!!
      FYI the series featuring Laurie Forbes and Elliott Russell runs: Silent Truths, Wicked Beauty, Intimate Strangers, The Hornbeam Tree.

  • Margaret Breadsell says:

    When I have finished reading a book, I know it has been special, because I feel as if I have lost one of my best friends. This goes on until I get immersed in a new book. Unfortunately, at my age,81,I can’t hold things in my memory for very long. So within a week or two I have to read the synopsis again before I can recall the much enjoyed story. As I tell my husband, what does it matter, it’s the enjoyment you get while your reading the story.
    My only criticism of writers today, is their overuse of the “F” word, especially from the women
    I look forward to reading my next S.L.story.
    Sincerely, Pegbread. Western Australia.

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Thank you for this lovely message. I’m absolutely delighted to hear that Behind Closed Doors felt special to you. As you say, it doesn’t really matter if you don’t remember it so well later, it’s the reading experience that matters and your enjoyment of that. I hope whichever book you choose next that you will enjoy that one just as much – and there are plenty to choose from! 🙂 Much love to you, Susan

  • Victoria Jones says:

    I just finished reading “Intimate Strangers”. I usually read Maureen Lee. and Lesley Pearce books, but have read them all now.. Have to say I could not put this book down. i thoroughly enjoyed it. Which. one would you suggest I read next which is similar to this one.

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Ah, that’s a good question, because Intimate Strangers is third in a series of four. So, maybe you’d like to read The Hornbeam Tree, which is the fourth? Or you can go back to Silent Truths, which is the first, and then to Wicked Beauty, the second before leapfrogging Intimate Strangers to go to The Hornbeam Tree. Or, for something quite different you could try Stolen, or A French Affair, or Behind Closed Doors? Whatever you choose, good luck and I very much hope you enjoy them.

  • Alwyn Frost says:

    Having read and enjoyed quite a few of your novels and appreciated the family relationships that you explore so well, I especially enjoyed this one as I am also a keen reader of crime/detective stories. Have you written any more that include this element? If not I hope that having made such a good job of this one, there will be more in future. AF

    • Susan Lewis says:

      Hi Alwyn, what a lovely encouraging message to receive. I would very much like to write more in this vein, though it probably won’t be for the next couple of books. There should be more in the future though.

  • Mariel Dike says:

    Hi.i am one of your very loYal readers.although,I have only read one of your book(don’t let me go).i must say you did a splendid job there.could you please add me to your newsletter and contact via my email address and do me the honor of not sharing it.(thanks).i expect your mail really got me there with DON’T LET ME GO.i practically forced my siblings to read it (they are not into novels).and I can assure you I got a thank are wonderful.i have read it Uncountable times.and I must say your other books sound appealing.please send me a personal email,and add me to your newsletter.I’d also appreciate if you tell me where I can get your other books.i love talking to my authors personally.pls reply.THANKS!!!

    • Susan Lewis says:

      If you go to the newsletter link on this website it will automatically sign you up. If you click on any title it will tell you where you can get hold of the books. I hope that helps and thank you very much for being touch.

  • Sally says:

    Loved it , felt empathy for all characters .

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