August 14, 2018

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris ~ #BookReview

August 15, 2018

Title: Behind Closed Doors
Author: B.A. Paris
Release Date: August 9, 2016 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press  
Genre: Thriller 

Source: Copy for review from the publisher  

Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | IndieBound | Book Depository  

My Rating: 


Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace's friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn't Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

This is the second time I've read Behind Closed Doors, and I'm just as scarred by it as I was the first time. It's terrifying, especially when you imagine this happening in real life and start thinking about what some people are capable of. In the case of this novel, no one has any idea what goes on with Jack and Grace behind closed doors. 

The story is told from Grace's POV and alternates between the present and the past. She's in this marriage that at first seems like a fairy tale - Jack is charismatic, movie star handsome and successful, and he uses all of those qualities as ammunition to gain Grace's love and trust. It doesn't take long for everything to come crashing down around Grace, and by the time she realizes what kind of man Jack really is, it's too late. He has complete control over her and plays horrendous minds games with her just for his own sick entertainment. 

All kinds of emotions were brought out in me while reading this book, particularly my sense of justice. I desperately wanted Grace to get out of this situation and escape safely with her sister, Millie, who has Down's Syndrome. Their close relationship was a ray of sunshine through a dark storm, but the thought of Millie moving in with Jack and Grace was too much to bear.  

Jack was able to force Grace to succumb to his demands by making threats against her sister. He slowly revealed what he had planned for Millie once she moved in, and it was sick. He's truly an evil and twisted individual, and I hated him. 

I was glued to the pages and couldn't turn them fast enough. I was dying to know what was going to happen next and whether Grace and Millie would be able to escape or not. All I will say about the ending so as not to give anything away is WOW! I highly recommend this, although there is a lot of abuse that may be a trigger for some readers, so proceed with caution. 

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