Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas

Do Not Disturb Claire Douglas.jpgKirsty and Adrian need a break. He’s been suffering from severe depression and their whole family have been suffering as a result, walking on eggshells and watching him like a hawk.

Leaving London and starting a B&B might not be everyone’s idea of a break, but it’s theirs – a long held dream they can’t resist when a house comes on the market in a small Welsh town. So, with the help of Kirsty’s mother, they move in and welcome their first guests.

Any hope of a successful first few weeks are shattered however when Kirsty’s cousin and niece arrive, fleeing an abusive husband, and then her cousin (Selena) ends up dead. There’s no spoiler here as it happens in the first few pages. What happens next though is one of those stories it’s hard to describe without giving anything away.

So, all I’ll say is the story is told through Kirsty’s eyes, moving back and forth from the present where they try to figure out what happened to Selena to the past where Kirsty and Selena’s difficult relationship is picked apart, and there are plenty of secrets for the reader to unpick and lots of red herrings thrown up as a result.

Douglas is a good writer, a really good one, who drew me in and kept me hooked all the way through this twisty, turn-y and compelling book, one with unreliable and – mostly for me – unlikeable characters. I loved every minute of it and would highly recommend it.


Emma x

About the book…


After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family.

And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives.

Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.

It’s seventeen years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life?

Is Selena running from something too?

Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it…

Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 9th August 2018
Genre: Domestic thriller
Rating: 4.5 out of 5



  1. Your review is the second really positive one I’ve read about this book. It’s definitely on my list, though I’ve had to order it from ‘across the pond’. That’s OK though. Looking forward to reading it.


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