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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Beyond the Doors: Enter If You Dare by David Neilsen is a dark and creepy story which revolves around the Rothbaum children who are forced to stay with their Aunt Gladys after a terrible accident. Aunt Gladys’s house looked straight out of a scary movie with its awkwardly placed, angular extensions jutting out from the walls here and there, and a few pointless towers sticking up from the roof. There was something eerie about the house and the children sensed it immediately. What amazed the children was there were no doors, not even for the bathrooms. Instead the old doors were piled in the rooms on the upper floors. The only food they got in her kitchen was Honey Nut Oat Blast Ring-a-Dings cereal. The real adventure begins in the middle of the house in a huge room which can be reached only in a strange way.
This story, with its twists and turns, will keep young readers curious to know more about the mysterious behavior of their Aunt Gladys and the hidden doors. The four Rothbaum children – Sydney, age 13, Zack, age 11, Janice, age 9, and Alexa, age 7 - are real and relatable to young readers as they come across as normal siblings, just like they would get to see in real life as well. The Rothbaums' different personalities make them interesting as they take youngsters through the darkness, monsters, and creepiness. The quirky and eccentric Aunt Gladys is also well portrayed. I enjoyed this book and the scary moments, and the story is a good blend of humor, mystery, intrigue, and fantasy.