THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING DEBUT PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU CAN'T MISS!
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl
“This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —Booklist (starred review)
"A can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)
“The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.” —The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post
“This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.” —San Francisco Book Review
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.
Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.
Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.
From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Like starting a fire, writing a page-turning thriller takes patience and skill. British author B. A. Paris has both in spades. Our heart skittered and raced as we tried to untangle the dark secrets at the heart of married couple Grace and Jack’s twisted relationship. As the story moved between past and present—revealing an ever-larger and more sinister gap between appearances and reality—we could barely imagine how Grace and her sister, Millie, would make it through.
Newlyweds Grace and Jack Angel seem to lead a perfect life in British author Paris's gripping debut, but appearances can be deceiving. In addition to being a handsome, successful attorney, Jack is also a sadistic psychopath, and the couple's picture-perfect Spring Eaton, England, home doubles as Grace's prison. Jack forced Grace to quit her job, refuses to allow her unsupervised contact with the outside world, and cruelly punishes her escape attempts. Grace would welcome death were it not for her 17-year-old sister, Millie, who intends to come live with them once she finishes school. Grace's life may be hell, but Jack has made it clear that Millie's in for far worse, so Grace must free herself in order to save her sister. Paris reveals the couple's past and present in alternating chapters, creating suspense regarding both their origin and their fate. Jack's mustache-twirling monologues occasionally sap the story of tension and believability, but Grace's terror is contagious, and Millie's impending peril creates a ticking clock that propels this claustrophobic cat-and-mouse tale toward its grisly, gratifying conclusion.
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Behind Closed Doors
Like most of these reviews, it was very interesting and easy to escape in the book. One of the things that I wasn’t a fan of was the way the sister’s speech was portrayed. It was more like a toddler than someone with Down’s Syndrome. So some of the research was lacking. But it kept me entertained on a plane ride so that’s good enough for me!!
I thought this was very compelling from the first chapter. And it is a page turner. However, I felt it was too expensive ($12.99) for the length of the book, which I read in about 4.5 hours. Also as others have mentioned the resolution was too quick and too easy. And I would have liked to see the antagonist a little more complex-he dumps his story all at once instead of revealing a little at a time, which is a shame.
All in all I would put it in the category of "good," but not great.
Great read - couldn’t put it down
I read it three times so far. I haven’t been able to find a better book yet.