Evil Behind That Door by Barbara Fradkin
Cedric Elvis O’Toole, who goes by the name Ricky, has lived his 35 years in a small northern town with severe winters. On his own since his mother’s death and never having known his father’s identity, he gets by doing odd jobs. Working with his childhood nemesis Barry Mitchell to fix up Barry’s family’s house for sale, Ricky finds a boarded up door in the basement that terrifies Barry, who warns Ricky to leave it alone. Unable to resist the temptation to look, Ricky opens the door when Barry is away. What he finds reopens a mystery in Barry’s family from the past that has continued into the present day.
This book combines all the best characteristics of a mystery and a thriller along with totally believable characters. I was so eager to find out what would happen that I read the whole book in a day! This title is part of a new series called Rapid Reads, one of our favorite publishers. We have several other titles in this series, and are ordering more! You can find them by searching “Rapid Reads” as a series in our library catalog.
Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson