The Door at the Top of the Stairs

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Detective Shaunessy is kidnapped and tortured, then thrown away by her department as damaged goods. The mind is a powerful ally, and Jesse has no memory of the abduction. Inevitably, the protective walls carefully constructed by her subconscious are beginning to crumble. Her redemption is dependent upon one choice, one gamble, and two determined women who must risk everything to save one lost soul

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About Alison Naomi Holt

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J. K. Rowling

Alison, who grew up listening to her parents reading her the most wonderful books full of adventure, heroes, and puppy dogs, promotes reading wherever she goes and believes literacy is the key to changing the world for the better.

In her writing, she follows Heinlein’s Rules, the first rule being You Must Write. To that end, she writes in several genres simply because she enjoys the great variety of characters and settings her over-active fantasy life creates.

She loves when a character looks over his shoulder, crooks a finger for her to follow and heads off on an adventure. From medieval castles to a horse farm in Virginia to the police beat in Tucson, Arizona, her characters live exciting lives and she’s happy enough to follow them around and report on what she sees.

She has published seven fiction novels and one screenplay. Her first novel, The Door at the Top of the Stairs, is a psychological suspense, which she’s also adapted as a screenplay. The Screenplay advanced to the Second Round of the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, making it to the top 15% of the 6,764 entries. The screenplay also made the quarter finalist list in the Cynosure Screenwriting awards.

Alison has also written three books in the Alex Wolfe Mystery Series, Credo's Hope (which reached #6 in Amazon's ranking for murder mysteries), Credo's Legacy and Credo’s Fire.

She has published three novels in the fantasy fiction genre, The Spirit Child and Duchess Rampant, which are books one and two in the Seven Realms of Ar’rothi series, and The Mage of Merigor.

Alison's previous life as a cop gave her a bizarre sense of humor, a realistic look at life, and an insatiable desire to live life to the fullest. She loves all horses & hounds and some humans…

To find out more, go to her website at www.alisonholtbooks.com.

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Review By: 1000plusbookstoread
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Review by: Donna McBroom-Theriot on Jan. 23, 2012 :
This book was amazing! All else in my world came to a halt as I became deeper and deeper engrossed in the book. I could not put it down. I truly did not know what to expect from the book when I read the preface. I wasn’t sure how gory the book would be and I was worried that I would not be able to complete the book.

The book drew me in and I was unable to put it down. It was full of emotion and suspense and it was next to impossible to figure out what the next page held in store. I fell in love with characters. They were honest and raw.

Jesse, a young undercover cop, is a sassy young woman with bad attitude and news written all over her when she shows up looking for work at Morgan’s farm.

Morgan, sporting her own emotional scars from years gone by meets her match in the saucy young girl, seeing herself in Jesse.

Ry, Morgan’s life partner and retired psychologist, sees through Jesse’s smart mouth and attitude and is determined to help her face her demons.

Three women, hanging on for the ride of a life-time, manage to make it through tumultuous days on the farm where Morgan fights to keep her temper in check while all the while wanting to either throttle Jesse, or fire her. Jesse, unconsciously feeling the security that Morgan doesn’t realize she gives, tests Morgan at every turn. In the security of these two women, Jesse’s hidden memories of the abduction and torture begin to surface, and Morgan and Ry are determine to save her tortured soul.

The book has a powerful message contained within its covers. It is a story of courage, of betrayal, of learning to trust again, and in its own way, a coming of age. The descriptive text used throughout the story leaves you spellbound; the plot well written.

Alison captures the essence of the tortured mind of a young undercover cop who subconscious buries a time of abduction and torture by a drug Lord. This book is one of those books that beg to be read.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Donna McBroom-Theriot on Jan. 23, 2012 :
Book Quotes:

Andy came out from behind the bar and righted a chair, his Adam’s apple bobbing up and down as he spoke. “Well, Hank accuse Tom of cheating so they got into a fight. Jimbo decided Tom couldn’t handle Hank alone.” The room broke into laughter since Tom was twice the size of Hank. “Once she saw the fight was unfair…” He looked around and then pointed toward Jesse. “That lady there jumped in to even things up. She did too.” There were general nods of agreement around the room.

Morgan grabbed the back of Jesse’s shirt and pulled her up short.

Richard pointed to the fire starter. “That is one of my training devices.” He held up a cattle prod. “And this is my other. I will be total, absolute control of you when we’re done today.”

Morgan took her cue from Ryland and projected calmness and control at the same time she was trying to catch her breath.

Jesse looked up…”Richard was sitting in a chair, and the fire starter went from red to orange.”

My Review:

This book was amazing! All else in my world came to a halt as I became deeper and deeper engrossed in the book. I could not put it down. I truly did not know what to expect from the book when I read the preface. I wasn’t sure how gory the book would be and I was worried that I would not be able to complete the book.

The book drew me in and I was unable to put it down. It was full of emotion and suspense and it was next to impossible to figure out what the next page held in store. I fell in love with characters. They were honest and raw.

Jesse, a young undercover cop, is a sassy young woman with bad attitude and news written all over her when she shows up looking for work at Morgan’s farm.

Morgan, sporting her own emotional scars from years gone by meets her match in the saucy young girl, seeing herself in Jesse.

Ry, Morgan’s life partner and retired psychologist, sees through Jesse’s smart mouth and attitude and is determined to help her face her demons.

Three women, hanging on for the ride of a life-time, manage to make it through tumultuous days on the farm where Morgan fights to keep her temper in check while all the while wanting to either throttle Jesse, or fire her. Jesse, unconsciously feeling the security that Morgan doesn’t realize she gives, tests Morgan at every turn. In the security of these two women, Jesse’s hidden memories of the abduction and torture begin to surface, and Morgan and Ry are determine to save her tortured soul.

The book has a powerful message contained within its covers. It is a story of courage, of betrayal, of learning to trust again, and in its own way, a coming of age. The descriptive text used throughout the story leaves you spellbound; the plot well written.

Alison captures the essence of the tortured mind of a young undercover cop who subconscious buries a time of abduction and torture by a drug Lord. This book is one of those books that beg to be read.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Donna McBroom-Theriot on Jan. 23, 2012 :
Book Quotes:

Andy came out from behind the bar and righted a chair, his Adam’s apple bobbing up and down as he spoke. “Well, Hank accuse Tom of cheating so they got into a fight. Jimbo decided Tom couldn’t handle Hank alone.” The room broke into laughter since Tom was twice the size of Hank. “Once she saw the fight was unfair…” He looked around and then pointed toward Jesse. “That lady there jumped in to even things up. She did too.” There were general nods of agreement around the room.

Morgan grabbed the back of Jesse’s shirt and pulled her up short.

Richard pointed to the fire starter. “That is one of my training devices.” He held up a cattle prod. “And this is my other. I will be total, absolute control of you when we’re done today.”

Morgan took her cue from Ryland and projected calmness and control at the same time she was trying to catch her breath.

Jesse looked up…”Richard was sitting in a chair, and the fire starter went from red to orange.”

My Review:

This book was amazing! All else in my world came to a halt as I became deeper and deeper engrossed in the book. I could not put it down. I truly did not know what to expect from the book when I read the preface. I wasn’t sure how gory the book would be and I was worried that I would not be able to complete the book.

The book drew me in and I was unable to put it down. It was full of emotion and suspense and it was next to impossible to figure out what the next page held in store. I fell in love with characters. They were honest and raw.

Jesse, a young undercover cop, is a sassy young woman with bad attitude and news written all over her when she shows up looking for work at Morgan’s farm.

Morgan, sporting her own emotional scars from years gone by meets her match in the saucy young girl, seeing herself in Jesse.

Ry, Morgan’s life partner and retired psychologist, sees through Jesse’s smart mouth and attitude and is determined to help her face her demons.

Three women, hanging on for the ride of a life-time, manage to make it through tumultuous days on the farm where Morgan fights to keep her temper in check while all the while wanting to either throttle Jesse, or fire her. Jesse, unconsciously feeling the security that Morgan doesn’t realize she gives, tests Morgan at every turn. In the security of these two women, Jesse’s hidden memories of the abduction and torture begin to surface, and Morgan and Ry are determine to save her tortured soul.

The book has a powerful message contained within its covers. It is a story of courage, of betrayal, of learning to trust again, and in its own way, a coming of age. The descriptive text used throughout the story leaves you spellbound; the plot well written.

Alison captures the essence of the tortured mind of a young undercover cop who subconscious buries a time of abduction and torture by a drug Lord. This book is one of those books that beg to be read.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Melissa at 1000 Plus on Oct. 08, 2011 :
Wowee.

This book was amazing, powerful and I couldn't put it down.

When I read the description of the book I wasn't expecting what was beyond the cover. I felt as if I were Jesse, reliving these terrifying events that stole part of her life. I.. felt.. it. Such an emotional roller coaster and such amazing characters.

There were times I laughed, times I cried, times I wanted to shout to Ryland and tell her to stop it! I haven't had a book capture me like this in a long time. To where I don't just want to read it... I have to read it. Where it's just as important to me to finish as it is to Jesse.

These characters.. were truly outstanding and developed so well. In fact Morgan, I believe, was written after my grandmothers sister Joe. Morgan was that real to me. She's someone I know.

All I can say is when you decided (not if) be prepared to sink yourself into this powerful, emotional, wonderful story of tragedy, hope, inspiration, courage and friendship.

Melissa
Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: GeekyGirlReview on Feb. 20, 2011 :
A fast moving and is a very interesting read. I started reading this yesterday with no intention of reading it all right away because I had things to do but I ended up losing track of time and read the entire book in one afternoon. I just couldn't put it down.
If you are into psychological suspense novels then I suggest you read this book.You will not be disappointed and will not want to put it down.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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