Behind Closed Doors by Carol Desforges

Behind Closed Doors is a stand-alone book in the Shugrinsky’s family saga. The Pinning (first book in the series) was Elizabeth’s story. Behind Closed Doors is Naomi’s story (Elizabeth’s mother).

Naomi graduated from Columbia Law School in the 1940s but in a desperate attempt to leave her parents’ home she marries an affluent man named Jesse. Her story reflects many women’s history in the forties who succumb to their husband’s wishes for them to stay home and raise the children.

Needless to say, her dysfunctional childhood carries over into her relationship with her husband and children. On top of Naomi’s internal struggles is her acute awareness of her husband’s drinking and philandering.

Naomi’s emotional struggles take a toll on her and whenever any form of mental illness is added to family dynamics there are repercussions. Woven into every family are secrets that stay hidden behind closed doors.

Quote from the book jacket: “A novel drenched in drama and suspense”.

I think one should read ‘The Pinning’ first and follow up with Behind Closed Doors (or buy both together) to get a deeper understanding of each woman’s story.

Theodocia McLean endorses Behind Closed Doors by Carol Desforges as a family saga.
I purchased and reviewed this book from a Kindle format. This review was completed in August 2014.

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