When you enter the bookstore are you looking for an escape or are you looking for a read that will totally immerse you in what is potentially happening in your neighborhood? If you read purely for the escapism that reading often offers than Behind Closed Doors by Tara Taylor Quinn is not the read you are looking for. However, if you’re not afraid to read about current events, and let your feelings on these events be influenced by a piece of fiction than Behind Closed Doors is exactly the book you are wanting to read.
Harry Clark is a successful college professor. He is happily married to his wife Laura who works as a researcher and botanist. The only thing missing from their lives is a child to make their family truly complete. Their attempts to conceive have led them to an infertility clinic, and they are scheduled to have their first attempt at conception.
However, shortly before the appointment evil intrudes into their lives. The Clark home is invaded. Harry is beaten up, bound, and forced to watch not one, but two men brutally rape his wife. If as the police believe this is just a crime that happened, or as Harry believes is the crime racially motivated because Harry is a black man, and his wife a white woman. Could someone be targeting them because of their mixed marriage and their attempt to bring a bi-racial child into the world?
Events that should weaken the bond between Harry and Laura do threaten their relationship, but in the end only serve to make their love stronger. If I should ever find myself in a situation even remotely similar I can only hope that I find the strength that these two characters had to pick up the pieces of my life and continue forth.
Behind Closed Doors is by no means an easy to read book, and I would have to think could not have been easy to write. Ms. Quinn and her publisher have to be proud of themselves for bringing forth such a relevant issue and making readers aware of the prejudices that still face many of us today.
Behind Closed Doors and its predecessor In Plain Sight are two important novels that fictionalize the war between the races, and I hope help to make people of all races more tolerable to one another.
Ms. Quinn can count me as one reader who will be eagerly awaiting the opening of the bookstore the day her next novel is released.