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    If this door existed, would you?

    In Zarepath Pennsylvania, there is a door. A random door in the woods. A door that grants wishes. If you write a letter and put it under the door, within three days your wish comes true. Be careful what you wish for and even more careful how you write your letter. One wish per person and no take backs. oh, and NEVER open the door! Kari knew about the door and all the rules, but when she realized her letter to help her forget the pain of her daughter who committed suicide was causing her to totally forget her daughter, she did what she was not supposed to do... she opened the door! Now all the granted wishes were being reversed and creatures from the other side of the door are on this side of the door. Occult expert, Kathy Ryan has come to Zarepath to help put whatever came out from the door, back where it belongs. This is the second story featuring Kathy Ryan by Ms. SanGiovanni. I have not read the first, but that did not hinder my enjoyment of this story. While Kathy is the heroine, she is not the total focus of the story and Ms. SanGivanni gave enough background for the reader to understand her role. I am giving this a solid 4-star review.
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    Food for thought!

    Behind The Door by Mary SanGiovanni is the 2nd in the Kathy Ryan Horror/Occult Series. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Kensington Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Series Background (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books): Kathy Ryan is called by police forces across the country when strange things are found. She is one of the leading experts in occult practices, ancient grimoires, devil worship, blood sacrifices, and rites to archaic gods and monsters. The reason behind her expertise is not well-known, but most agree that it has something to do with the scar that runs down her face. Her brother, once a member of a cult, and now in a mental hospital, is responsible for that scar. My Synopsis: Deep in the woods outside the town of Zarepath, lies a free-standing Door leading to the unknown. The people of the town have grown accustomed to this Door, and give it the respect it deserves. Eventually newcomers are told about it as well. They all know not to open it. That doesn’t mean that people don’t visit the Door. If you have a desperate need, you can write a note, seal it with blood and wax, and slip it under the Door. Within three days, your wish will be granted, although the result may not be exactly what you were looking for. You must word your note very carefully, and there are no do-overs. You have one shot. There have been instances where people have brought back the dead, but unfortunately, they are still rotting. There have been other unfortunate incidents. Kari has moved to Zarepath to finish grieving the loss of her 12-year old daughter who committed suicide. When Cicely tells her about the Door, she is full of warnings not to ask for her daughter back, and Kari agrees to phrase her letter appropriately, and only ask for the painful memories of her daughter to be removed. She follows the procedure, and slips her note under the door. A few days later, when she is in danger of losing all memories of Jessica, she sees her mistake. Kari tries to get the letter back, and opens the door before she realizes her error. She gets it shut again, but not before something escapes. Kathy Ryan is called to Zarepath when the retired police chief calls her about the Door. People are reporting that their wishes are being returned to them. People who wished for a clean bill of health are now filled with cancer, an unwanted teenage pregnancy returns to a woman who is now in her 50’s, and the dead are rising and coming back to kill their own murderers. And the list goes on. Kathy will have to find a way to reverse these events, and lock the door for good. But something else has been let out as well. My Opinions: Loved the book. Yes, this is the second Kathy Ryan book, but the author isn’t really concentrating on Kathy. The books are about the problem itself, and the people involved. Kathy just plays a part in solving the issue. On the other hand, Kathy is a strong, independent woman, earning the eventual respect (and perhaps a little fear) of the male police forces that she helps. Mary SanGiovanni creates really good characters. Whether you like them or hate them, they are always deep enough that you understand where they are coming from, and sometimes you even cheer on the bad guy. This book was no different. Even the Door itself was a character. The book had an interesting premise. A door that can grant wishes. It would be hard to resist. It is human nature to take the easy way out of a problem, and the author showed how people used the door for good, and for bad. The people hid their crimes, their murders, their sins….all behind a door that got opened. Scary, isn’t it? It had a good balance of creepiness and lots of suspense, without being over the top. You didn’t want to set it down for fear you missed something. SanGiovanni is a talented writer, and I am definitely looking forward to more!
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    Good concept, simple execution.

    A great premise, but not the plot development hoped for.
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