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Evil Behind That Door
Barbara Fradkin
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Evil Behind That Door (Cedric O'Toole #2)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Handyman Cedric O'Toole sets out to uncover the chilling secret locked behind the boarded-up cellar door at the farmhouse of his old school nemesis.
ebook, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Raven Books
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Good! We'll talk about it tomorrow! Ok! Now it's tomorrow!
This is a quick and easy read for any experienced readers as are are all the other "Rapid Reads" I have tried. I started it last night because I finished the novel I was reading too early to hit the sack and I finished it in just over an hour! Everything was quite OK with this novella like plot and twists and red herrings and the usually superb Barbara Fradkin writing until she made the one fatal error that forces me to knock one or more
Alison C
In Evil Behind That Door, by Barbara Fradkin we meet handyman Cedric Elvis O'Toole, who has been helping old school mate (but not friend) Barry Mitchell clean up his parent's house in order to sell it, Barry's parents having disappeared the previous winter and presumed drowned. In the basement, there is a boarded up door leading to....what? Perhaps an old storm cellar, or a storage area for preserves - Cedric doesn't know, but he definitely wants to find out. Barry, on the other hand, is nearly ...more
Sally Kruger
This is the other complimentary copy I received from the Rapid Reads collection at Orca Book Publishers. Once again it offers a high interest/low level solution for older YA readers.

Cedric "Rick" O'Toole makes ends meet by working as a handyman. When he is asked to help clean up an old farmhouse for a high school classmate recently released from prison, he has concerns about what he might be getting himself into. Rick and Barry weren't exactly the best of friends, but Rick knows Barry is dealing
I recently finished reading Evil Behind that Door written by Barbara Franklin. I was only satisfied with this novel. Handy man Cedric O’Toole agrees to help a former high school bully to renovate his barn located on the bully’s farm. Cedric really needs money for repair his broken truck, so Cedric needs cash fast. Cedric lacks the confidence to repair the farm because he didn’t do so well on his last renovation to Barry Mitchell’s house. Now Barry is the number one suspect for Barry’s parents’ d ...more
Handyman Cedric O’Toole agrees to help his former high school bully renovate his farmhouse for a simple reason: money. Cedric wants to get his truck repaired but lacks the cash. Now Cedric is reliving old fears as he assists Barry Mitchell in rebuilding his childhood home that has fallen into severe disrepair. Barry is now out of prison and finds himself the number one suspect in his parents’ disappearance a few months ago. When Cedric finds a boarded-up door in Barry’s cellar, Cedric’s curiosit ...more
This was just a really long short story...It was alright...not at all what I thought it was going to be and I was slightly disappointed in it. However the twist with Barry's parents was quite shocking, it was easy to put those pieces together.
Meh. Story OK, isn't really convincing about gravity of the murders involved, or the 'horror' of those who uncover them. Nor of the psychological damage that's been done to 'Barry'. So, creepy & grisly matters, but not really gripping. Like a TV episode about some small town & weird Buddy's family secrets.
This short read was alright. Started off slow in the beginning but picked up at the end. Finding out what really happened to Barry's family was an odd twist though I have to say.
Read it to keep up with my challenge. If it were a full length mystery novel then I think it would have potential. Far too short to be interesting.
As promised this a quick read that is keeps you interested from beginning to end.
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Barbara Fradkin (nee Currie), an award-winning Canadian mystery writer, was born in Montreal and educated at McGill University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Ottawa, where she earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is the author of ten mystery novels featuring the exasperating, quixotic Ottawa Police Inspector Michael Green. She also writes a series of short novels for those ...more
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