Another short review of a short read. I’m getting into novellas after this month – these short reads make me feel more productive. Behind the Blue Door is apparently a series of stories written by different authors who imagine what happens in a house with a blue door. I love this first entry 230 Periwinkle Place by Jayne Ormerod. Even though I picked it up on a free kindle day, you can buy this for the amount of money you’ll find under the floor mats of your car.
Single mom Skye Whitmore’s life goes into a tailspin, and not just because of what her twelve year old son did while home alone. A picture of a house with a blue door takes her back to a not so innocent time in her life when her four-year-old self witnessed her mother’s murder in that same house. Skye decides to more forward, she must take a journey into the past and learn the truth behind the crime.
I love the dialogue, it’s fast paced and funny. These are characters you’d love to hang out with. Skye is a flawed character, but utterly charming. Her relationship with her son, Blake, bubbles with real life moments and the chaos that comes from parenting. This quick, fully developed story was a great way to spend an afternoon. Mystery fans, rejoice, because Jayne Ormerod has other books too.