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The Man Behind Closed Doors By Maria Frankland

The Man Behind Closed Doors‘The Man Behind Closed Doors’ is the latest book by Maria Frankland.

Domestic violence isn’t only perpetrated by men. Ask Paul Jackson who is on remand, accused of stabbing his wife, Michelle. As he reveals the reality behind their troubled and toxic marriage, it seems that only his six-year-old knows what really happened. But she’s trapped in her own world of silence.

This is a suspenseful and gripping story that really pulled the reader in.

The story is primarily is seen through the narrative of Paul, right at the moment that his wife is stabbed and he is arrested for attempted murder. Everyone involved thinks it’s a clear case of domestic violence, but as the story unfolds we see that it’s not a typical case and infact Paul is the poor victim of controlling and abusive behaviour.

The story is seen written in past and present tense, as Paul is in prison awaiting his trial and reflects back on the hardship of his relationship with his wife, Michelle. Michelle is a deeply troubled character, vicious and controlling. She’s jealous of anyone who takes his attention away from her even their own daughter. She’s vindictive and blames her behaviour on past relationships where she has been let down and is convinced that Paul will do the same. At every opportunity, she runs him down, attacks him and treats him badly in front of friends and family.

This book is genuinely a shocking and hard book to read. The story takes a different slant on domestic abuse, not the stereotypical story of the woman being the victim but the man and it truly makes for eye opening reading. We see Paul question his own masculinity at times as he wonders why he puts up with it all, but it’s down to the deep love for his daughter that gets him through the day. Paul isn’t the only victim in the story, as we see Emily the daughter retreat and become withdrawn with the most fights and tension that she is exposed to before finally becoming mute.

A gripping and powerful story about domestic abuse, ‘The Man Behind Closed Doors’ is a cleverly written story with flawed characters that you feel an empathy and a poor child stuck in the middle. This book takes a different slant on domestic abuse, with a thrilling twist that made for engaging reading.

You can buy ‘The Man Behind Closed Doors’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

The Last Cuckoo By Maria Frankland

The Last Cuckoo‘The Last Cuckoo’ is the latest book by Maria Frankland.

Do you listen to your mother? Even after she’s dead? Anna Hardaker is following you … This seemingly innocent Tweet fills Jamie Hardaker with confusion and fear. After all, his mother Anna has been dead for nearly three weeks.What follows is an orchestrated Twitter campaign to lead those Anna loved, and didn’t love so much, to the truth behind her “accidental” death.

An interesting story that deals with family loss and adjusting to a new life without a parent. Jamie is dealing with the loss of his mother, when someone tweets from her account.

A domestic story that teeters on a ghost story, this book is an interesting tale as it concentrates on Jamie and his family as their family dynamics change. The characters are complex but also relatable as they all deal with grief in different ways. The story is written solely through the narrative of Jamie and it makes for interesting reading as he investigates who’s behind the tweets from his mother’s account as well as delving into his family’s past.

Riddled with mystery, drama and suspense, this book is a cleverly plotted story that really pulled the reader in. A story about family dynamics and relationships, ‘The Last Cuckoo’ is a fantastic debut that made for poignant and gripping reading.

You can buy ‘The Last Cuckoo’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.