Beyond the Screen Door


Fiction - Supernatural
97 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2016
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Author Biography

Julia Diana Robertson, a New York native, grew up wanting to be a dance teacher and a writer. Second of three children, she was raised by a Beatlemaniac mother and an immigrant Christian-Lebanese father. The soundtrack of her life was diverse—her childhood memories steeped in culture and tradition. Church on Easter Sundays, trips to Jones Beach, her life could look like any other child growing up in New York during the 80's and 90's—that is until you take a closer look. From spending time underground in Lebanon during the war, to Jewish maternal ancestry, to inheriting certain unusual traits from her family's matriarchs, Julia's life is anything but textbook. Her grandmother Edith's troubled mind inspired her fictional series. At age fifteen Julia would meet Edith for the first time, the very grandmother who died the year before she was born. The experience would leave her deeply shaken and open up channels she would forevermore try to shut down. By the age of sixteen Julia was teaching dance classes at a local studio. She graduated SUNY Purchase with a BA in Literature. She's published music, under an alter ego, that can be heard on Showtime, Logo, MTV music and VH1. She's currently working on the sequel to Beyond the Screen Door—there are so many secrets left to tell.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In Beyond the Screen Door by Julia Diana Robertson, Nora Lee Sutter is a seven-year-old girl living in the small Washington State town of Hoquiam in 1945. She has been able to see spirits since she was four years old. That summer, Nora hasn't spoken in days and this baffled her pregnant mother, Peggy. A young spirit came to her five nights before with a warning. Unfortunately, the warning was dismissed and tragedy struck both Nora and her mother.

Told through Nora and her best friend Joanne ‘Jo’ Waterman’s perspectives, this fast paced paranormal story in the '40s is very intriguing and absorbing. Some writers make flashbacks confusing to readers, but this aspect is handled well by Robertson as the flashbacks are narrated as chapters and clearly stated with dates. In the seemingly slow life in the '40s, Robertson successfully grabbed my attention with the story of Nora, Jo, their family, friends, and the spirits that give away the secrets of the people living in the small town of Hoquiam. The characters are alive and their relationships felt real. Ballet teacher Marina's secret past was the one that stood out for me.

The chilling factor is substantial, the dialogue feels natural, and the prose is a breeze to read. On the whole, Beyond the Screen Door is enjoyable and this is a book that I can read again and again. I look forward to more stories with Nora, Jo, Betsy, and Peggy.