Behind Closed Doors by Susan R. Sloan

Book Reviewed by Nancy Eaton

When Valerie O’Connor met Jack Marsh, she fell head over heels in love. She met Jack while visiting her sister, Marianne, in Boston. They had several dates and when the time came, Jack just said goodbye to Valerie and told her he would write.

Valerie was unhappy. She had very strong feelings for Jack. In November, Valerie had a big surprise. Someone knocked on the door. Valerie’s father answered. It was a man who said, “Hello, sir, my name is Jack Marsh and I’ve come to marry your daughter.”

Everyone believed this was the beginning of a fairy-tale marriage. Or was it?

As time goes on Valerie realizes how little she really knew about Jack. She was Catholic and believed in her principles of being an ideal wife and mother. Jack, now an airline mechanic, arrives home many times late with the smell of perfume on his clothes. Many times, he is drunk and violent. Valerie puts up with this for some time.

Then, one day, something happened. Jack did something that Valerie could not ignore any longer. What did Jack do? How did Valerie respond?

There is no other way to say it – this book is MEZMORZING. You will not be able to put this book down and if you do, you will hurry up to finish what you have to do to get back to it. Your capture begins right on page one and will continue until you get through the book. This is a woman’s story of some happy times that turned into many dark moments. It touches on areas we really don’t like to think about, but the author does such a great job of putting everything together in this story to show us the torment this character is going through. She makes you feel as though you are part of the story. You have to read this book to know what I am talking about. This is an excellent read. Don’t pass on this one!