Behind Closed Doors
Catherine Alliott

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Narrated By: Kristin Atherton

Duration: 13 hours and 12 minutes

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Get ready to escape with the page-turning new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Cornish Summer.

From the outside, anyone would think that Lucy Palmer has it all: loving children, a dashing husband and a gorgeous home.

But when her marriage to Michael comes to an abrupt and unexpected end, her life is turned upside down in a flash.

As the truth of her marriage threatens to surface, Lucy seizes the opportunity to swap her house in London - and the stories it hides - for a rural escape to her parents' farmhouse in the Chilterns.

But Lucy gets more than she bargained for when she moves back to her childhood home. With her parents growing older disgracefully, she can hardly keep up with their social life - especially when it throws her into the path of an old flame.

Coming face-to-face with her mistakes, Lucy is forced to confront the secrets she's been keeping from herself and those she loves.

Is she ready to let someone in? Or will she leave the door to her past firmly closed . . .

Praise for Catherine Alliott:

'A huge treat. Hilarious yet poignant' Sophie Kinsella

'Warm, witty and wise' Daily Mail

'Her writing is both intelligent and sparkling' Marian Keyes

'Hilarious and full of surprises' Daily Telegraph

© Catherine Alliott 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


Contemporary romance, Modern and contemporary fiction, Family life fiction, Contemporary lifestyle fiction, Narrative theme: Death, grief, loss, Narrative theme: Love and relationships, Narrative theme: Sense of place

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Heidi Swain

Catherine Alliott is back with another warm, escapist read. Big subjects are dealt with sensitively in this wonderfully written novel

Woman's Weekly

A huge treat. Hilarious yet poignant

Sophie Kinsella

This engrossing story sparkles with wit


A warm, escapist read


Warm, witty and wise

Daily Mail

Her writing is both intelligent and sparkling

Praise for Catherine Alliott


Emotional and engaging, I was completely absorbed

Yet another great read, packed with fantastic characters, uncomfortable truths, and flashes of pure comedy. Who could ask for more?

One of those fabulous books that leaves you with a smile on your face and hope in your heart

Milly Johnson

Included in 'The Hot List'

Inside Soap

Hilarious and full of surprises

Daily Telegraph

Emotional and affecting, this is an absorbing read


A wry look at life in the wealthy environs of the Oxfordshire countryside . . . page-turning