Book Review: The House of Closed Doors by Jane Steen

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Book Review: The House of Closed Doors by Jane Steen

by Joanne Troppello


I’m writing this review with the book fresh in my mind, having just finished reading it. I love historical novels and mysteries, so this historical mystery book was right up my alley! The House of Closed Doors by Jane Steen was wonderful!


This book is the first in a series of three books. It is 290 pages. The author wrote very descriptive scenes, character's appearances, and clothing. This easily drew me into the scenes and gave me a great word picture.


The main character, Nell, was very interesting. She shared part of her story in retrospect in the first several chapters. It made the storyline interesting to go back and read what happened from her perspective. I loved Nell as the narrator of the rest of her story as well. She truly drew me in, so I wanted to find out more.


I liked the interesting storyline and it was hard to stop reading. I was eager to read what happened—especially since Nell hinted that things happened that she had not expected to, when she was sent away.


I love a good mystery and this book did not disappoint. Nell was very determined to find the murderer of a fellow inmate and her baby. The suspense was intriguing. I won’t go into more details, but there was even more intrigue than those two murders that kept me captivated.


I found myself rooting for Nell to be able to find a way to keep her baby. That was another reason this book gripped me so much.


The author depicted the time period very well and used words like "leavetaking" that are not used in the modern day. That's just one example, but there were other such words peppered throughout the book—making me feel like I was transported back in time.


A scene toward the end of the book was so intense with the dangerous situation Nell and Sarah found themselves in. So powerful and dramatic. I felt like I was watching the scene unfold like in a movie.


I highly recommend The House of Closed Doors and cannot wait to read the next two books in this series.

About the Reviewer


Joanne Troppello Publisher of Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.


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