The House of Closed Doors

By (author)Jane Steen


Stubborn, heedless, disgraced: in 1871 Illinois, unwed Nell Lillington refuses to name the father of her child and is sent to a Poor Farm to give birth. When an unused padded cell is opened and two small bodies are discovered, Nell suspects murder. First in a series that has delighted thousands of readers with its blend of saga and mystery, The House of Closed Doors has over 300 5-star reviews on and over 700 5-star ratings on Goodreads.


Heedless. Stubborn. Disgraced.
Small town Illinois, 1870: "My stepfather was not particularly fond of me to begin with, and now that he’d found out about the baby, he was foaming at the mouth"

Desperate to avoid marriage, Nell Lillington refuses to divulge the name of her child’s father and accepts her stepfather’s decision that the baby be born at a Poor Farm and discreetly adopted.

Until an unused padded cell is opened and two small bodies fall out.

Nell is the only resident of the Poor Farm who is convinced the unwed mother and her baby were murdered, and rethinks her decision to abandon her own child to fate. But even if she manages to escape the Poor Farm with her baby she may have no safe place to run to.