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by Alison Naomi Holt

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Undercover officer Jesse Shaunessy is kidnapped and tortured, then thrown away by her department as damaged goods. The mind is a powerful ally, and 26-year-old Jesse has no memory of the abduction or the subsequent torture. Inevitably, the protective walls carefully constructed by her subconscious are beginning to crumble. Insanity, friendship, and redemption are all possibilities dependent upon one choice, one gamble, and two determined women who must risk everything to save one lost soul.

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Snake Rocking
Very well written. The characters kept me captivated. I had a hard time putting this book down.I would recommend everyone to read this book.The author Alison has one heck of an imagination to be so creative in the characters.At times I felt as if I were actually watching everything play out in front of me.
With believeable characters, suspensful plot in a comfortable background makes for fantastic storytelling. I, like several, did not stop reading and read well into the night.
The mind does play games and this story shows just how powerful one's mind can be and the extent it shows how delicate sanity can be. For me the lesbian love interest was just enough. The plot shows more human love and caring than erotica. Now if Alison Naomi Holt can pull off another mystery like this one.....
Deep and hidden memories, new-found friends to help, a job that helps with the pain....Jesse had all of these, but could the pain go away?

When Jesse arrives on Morgan and Ryland's farm for a job, the conflict between Jesse and Morgan was instantaneous...they both were head strong and wanted to be in control. Morgan had a great life as owner of a profitable farm, Ryland was the calm, retired psychoanalyst, and Jesse was 26 with horrible memories of torture that affected her daily life and memories that she couldn't get to surface.

Using her professional skills, Ryland set up a session each day at one o'clock to try to help Jesse get rid of the demons that were plaguing her and causing her to have unbearable headaches. The sessions were tortuous for all, but they must help Jesse. Jesse was difficult, but they understood why....she was always ready for a fight, and did get into a few. They all agreed, though, that whatever it takes to cure Jesse is what they would do. Of course, there were others who tried to get in their way and cause more problems.

The book had excellent details of situations and the characters' feelings....you could easily visualize each scene and experience the emotions. Ms. Holt did a superb job with getting you involved..the book definitely held your interest, and made you hopeful that Jesse would finally get well. The book reminds the reader that the mind is very powerful, but also very fragile.

Just an ending note...I would classify some parts of this book as a thriller...so don't expect all sweetness and light...there are some brutal scenes. 5/5

You have a doorway of light at the top of a flight of stairs. I'd say it's a pretty literal interpretation of the book's title.


This was definitely an engaging and well thought-out story. The characters (Morgan, Ryland and Jesse) were believable and felt real.

There was a part of the story that I wasn't expecting and that was the lesbianism. I hesitate to mention this because a lot of people will not read a book if same-sex couples are depicted. While I may not agree with the same-sex couple lifestyle, I am in no place to judge anyone. I say that so I can mention that while this story has a same-sex couple as two of the main characters, that does not take away from the effectiveness of this story.

As a matter of fact, I applaud Alison for writing a non-erotic book that includes a same-sex couple. While there are those of us that may not agree with this lifestyle, I believe that more and more genres of books will include same-sex couples. This is just the beginning. I encourage you to not let that cause you to pre-judge a book before you read it.

Main Characters

Morgan - Owner of a farm with horses and hounds. She is well-respected in the community and is adamant about her employees using respect and manners in every aspect of their life, since they are a representation of her.

Ryland - A former psychologist who lives at the farm with Morgan. She is also well-respected in the community and is Morgan's softer side and, sometimes, her sense of reason.

Jesse - A former cop with anger issues that are a result of a traumatic event that she has amnesia about. She has gotten fired from every farm but Morgan's.


This book has a few romantic scenes, but is mostly a suspenseful story about a traumatic event in a former cop's life who receives emotional help from the last two people she ever expected would help her. It is a touching story about friendship and being able to let go and trust those who really want the best for you.
This book was freaking fantastic. I was captured from the start and not released until I finished the final page several hours later. Jesse's story is haunting, heartbreaking and completely engrossing. Its often shocking as well when you learn of the torture this young woman endured. Alison Holt also went to a less predictable form of abuse than most female authors do when approaching this kind of topic. When Jesse first wanders onto Morgan and Ryland's farm she is an angry and wounded animal. She clashes constantly with Morgan and only through patience and persistence do the two older women begin to reach her.

I picked this book up because I was looking for some lesbian fiction to read and I feel like I got so much more than I bargained for. Yes there are lesbians here, but that isn't what its about at all so please if that isn't your thing don't let the idea turn you off on the novel. Ultimately I think this book is about love. Not the romantic kind (although its obvious that Morgan and Ryland are in a loving committed relationship) but instead the kind that can heal a broken soul. This isn't just a good book, its a great book.

I haven't read Alison's Credo books yet, but that is where I am heading next. As of right now this novel is only $3.99 on Amazon. Thats a steal so do yourself a favor and pick it up.
The Door at the Top of the Stairs download epub
Literature & Fiction
Author: Alison Naomi Holt
ISBN: 1609102711
Category: Gay & Lesbian
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (July 22, 2010)
Pages: 284 pages