(Audio)book Review | Don't Open the Door by Allison Brennan

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

SummaryA family torn apart. A botched investigation. She’ll stop at nothing to get answers.

US Marshal Regan Merritt never bought the FBI’s theory that her ten-year-old son’s murder was tied to her job. Yet as leads went cold, she’d had to walk away from the marshals, the case and her now ex-husband, Grant, who blamed her for Chase’s death.

After Regan receives a chilling voice mail from her former boss, Tommy, claiming new information about Chase’s murder, she can no longer stay away from her pain-filled past. Especially when Tommy’s murdered before she can return his call.

Now more than ever, Regan’s determined to find the truth, but the more she digs, the more evidence points to Grant as the killer’s true target. But Grant isn’t talking. As she tries to pin down her ex, Regan discovers something much bigger and far more sinister is at play—and she’s running out of people she can trust.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts: This is the second book in the series and I read the first one last year. I really enjoyed the first book and was excited that this book would go more into Regan's history and what happened to her son. 

The narrator for this book was awesome. I can only get into an audiobook if I enjoy the narrator. Otherwise, I have to read the physical or e-book. I like when the narrators do different voices for the different characters. Makes it more entertaining and easier to follow when there are multiple characters speaking.

We get more character building with Regan in this book. We learn why she is the way she is and more about her marriage and ex-husband. Also, about her relationship with Tommy. I was sad that Tommy died so quickly, because I would have liked to see that relationship explore more. However, I understand why it had to happen because it's ultimately what brings Regan back into the investigation into her son's murder.

I really liked Charlie and how well him and Regan got along and worked together. It was nice to see someone have Regan's back when it seemed like almost everyone else shunned her for no longer being in the US Marshals. 

I did not like the FBI agent investigating Tommy's murder (I cannot remember her name). She was unwilling to take into consideration evidence right in front of her face. She did a poor job of investigating and had a grudge against Regan that kept her from doing her job properly. Something seemed off about her.

The conspiracy behind Chase's murder and what it was really meant to be was interesting. Regan always thought it was her job that lead to his death and it isn't. I can only imagine the guilt that her ex-husband feels after blaming her and ultimately being the target.

There is a lot of mystery, murder, and some twists in this book that I didn't see coming. If you read the first book, I highly recommend this one. You don't really need to read the first one to read this, but I recommend reading them in order.

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