Behind Closed Doors is one of those “you have to read” novels. A novel that contains the stories of three different women who have suffered in ways their friends and family never knew about. Each one took up a life that they may never have chosen if what had happened never occurred to them. Each woman’s story is realistic, sad, painful, but shows how one can overcome what has happened to her. I found these words inspiring. I know there are many readers who would love to read these and take the message of standing up for yourself into action. Bullies are just that, but we need to find the courage to stop them. If they can harm us, they can harm others, continually, unless we stand united against them. A.L. Smith has beautifully woven together a novel that will touch the hearts of many and inspires women everywhere. I highly recommend Behind Closed Doors to readers worldwide. It’s a novel readers can’t miss. Overall, I rate it a five out of five stars for its powerfully written message to all.