Monday, October 9, 2017

NBtM: Behind The Door by A. Gavazzoni

Behind The Door
by A. Gavazzoni


GENRE:   Psychological and erotic thriller



When Lara dies at the hands of a Manhattan lawyer during a sex game, his defense attorney, Carl, hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor and author of books on sexual behavior to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. To help his defense, Carl’s client has written a detailed account of his steamy, year-long relationship with Lara. Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis. While evaluating the presumed killer’s writing, Simone continues to receive psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies, and to research strange sexual behavior for her next book. Meanwhile, Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women. From hot and unusual sex and interesting psychiatric patients, to the swing houses of New York and Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of mystery, suspense, humor, romance and erotica.


Excerpt Two:

“Yes indeed, my friend. I’ve seen a lot in my short life. I’ve bent over backward to please. I’ve been a puppet. That wasn’t for me, so one day I decided to stop.”

More than a hint of pain showed in her eyes…unsettling to find in such a young and beautiful woman. Who could have hurt her so much that she’d come to behave as she did?

“I know how it is,” I said. “It’s like apnea. What’s pleasurable at the start of relationships doesn’t last because it’s not real. You’ve decided to be real, once and for all.”


I’d finally said something that had surprised her.

“Yes. I like to go diving. Sometimes I dive without air tanks. I hold my breath. It’s called apnea and you can do it for only so long. At the beginning of relationships, people hold their breath. When they can’t do it anymore, they go back to being who they are and relationships end.”

“I adore that description.”

My Review:
The main characters in the book are Simone and Carl. Simone is a a sexual disorder therapist and a writer. Carl is a lawyer. Simone is giving a lecture at a conference when Carl comes in asking questions about what is considered normal sexual behavior and not normal. Simone pretty much asks him to set down and hold is questions until she is done with her presentation. During a break Carl and Simone discuss his reasons for his questions. He tells her he has a client who during a sexual act killed his partner, and that he thinks it was accidental, and he needs help proving it for his case. Simone agrees to help him in between her regular clients. 

Simone's clinical partner Edward is also working on a huge case. He is working with the police department to catch a serial killer who is torturing women before killing them. 

Needless to say this is a pretty busy book. I usually get lost in Dual story books. But A Gacazzoni has done a wonderful job of separating the stories inside of this book, and I had no problem with getting lost. The book to me was very well written. The characters in the book were well written and well formed. They were very believable. The book is written about some rather unusual fantasies, but it is done with great tact. It gets down and  dirty in parts but nothing like some of the erotic thrillers I have read in the past that crosses the line straight to porn. This is a mystery with some sex thrown in. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Gavazzoni is a Brazilian author. She just won The Golden Book Award 2017- Readers Choice for her first novel Behind The Door and also an honorable mention at Paris Book Festval 2017 Adriana is a lawyer, a former professor of law and a writer of novels and legal books, but she is also a voracious reader. She speaks four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. When she is not practicing law or writing, she enjoys many interests and is a very active person. She loves to dance (Tango) and workout. She loves to travel, loves good wine, and has been studying astrology for fifteen years. She paints and loves to cook. She has two poodles -Gaia and Juno -and loves all animals. She is an aunt of four nieces who enjoy to paint and cook alongside their aunt. She lives in Brazil and is in the process of writing her next novel.







Buy links:

Book Videos:

Interview with 
A. Gavazzoni

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

From people, from my legal job, observing people’s life stories

How did you do research for your book?

I use books, the internet, psychological texts from universities and associations, and I watched a lot of movies about serial killers and read a lot of books from former FBI agents. And I consult a former FBI´s special agent to solve my doubts.

Do you have another profession besides writing?

Yes, I’ve been a lawyer for twenty-seven years

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

To the last year of high school

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

The Devil’s Advocate


A. Gavazzoni will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Happy Monday! Thanks for sharing the great post :)

  2. I enjoyed the book. Best wishes for you and your book!!

  3. Hope you had a fabulous holiday weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!

  4. I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  5. I enjoyed reading the excerpt to get to know your book; congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  6. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  7. Thanks for a great review and an interesting interview. The book sounds intense and intriguing.