Behind Closed Doors

Natalie R. Collins

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For twenty years, they had been closer than sisters, sharing girlhood secrets, their hopes and dreams for the future—and a soul-searing promise. Melissa was the only one who knew what had really happened to Jannie beyond the sacred walls of the Mormon Temple the night that changed her life forever….
 
UNTIL HER BEST FRIEND VANISHED WITHOUT A TRACE.
Now Melissa has gone missing, just days after entrusting Jannie with a mysterious box that someone would kill to possess. And someone has—leaving in their murderous wake an innocent victim and a trail of blood that leads to the heart of Jannie’s hidden burden. Desperate to protect her secret, and to find out what has happened to Melissa, Jannie trusts no one. Not the stranger whose piercing green eyes have already seen too much, nor the family and friends whose familiar fold may be shielding a cold-blooded killer who is lurking
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

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Chapter One

Five years later

I got the call that changed my life forever around two p.m. on Tuesday, June 28.

The coffee I had poured thirty minutes before had gone cold as I stared into my computer screen and talked on the phone, arranging for a restraining order against the husband of one of my repeat clients. Debbie Talon floated in and out of our shelter every several months, convinced her husband, Brandon, was going to kill her. I was convinced, too, but it made no difference. Debbie always returned to him, and they always paid a reunion visit to their bishop, who praised

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“Intense, suspenseful…page-turning.”—Allison Brennan, author of The Kill
 
“A riveting look at the very heart of contemporary Mormonism.”
—Cornelia Read, author of A Field of Darkness
 
“Dark, powerful…[a] searing tale of one woman’s search for justice.”
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner on Wives and Sisters
 
“An intense, suspenseful, character-driven mystery that I couldn’t put down. Collins expertly weaves a journey of self-acceptance with a page-turning mystery….A gripping story from the chilling opening to the startling conclusion.”—Allison Brennan, author of The Kill 
 
“With Behind Closed Doors, Natalie R. Collins doesn’t just treat readers to a taut, compelling mystery, she gives us a riveting look at the very heart of contemporary Mormonism. This book is not, however, fired by an apostate’s anger, but rather by one pilgrim’s bittersweet search for true justice, faith, and community in the wake of her own brutal loss of innocence.”—Cornelia Read, author of A Field of Darkness

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Natalie R. Collins

Natalie R. Collins is an author and journalist with more than twenty years' writing experience, including a long stint with the largest daily newspaper in Utah.  She served as an editor for the 2001 and 2002 Sundance Film Festivals, and is also a managing editor of ReadersRoom.com, an interactive Web site for readers.  A lifelong resident of Utah, and raised a member of the Mormon Church, she still resides there with her husband and two daughters.

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Behind Closed Doors
Natalie R. Collins

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St. Martin's Press
January 2007
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ISBN: 9781429991711
ISBN10: 1429991712
352 pages
$7.99
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