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?
I just knew this book would be perfect for me: just look at the cover and the blurb! I had heard great things about it, so I couldn’t wait to dive into this domestic thriller. After all, this is always the genre I feel more comfortable reading and after finishing it, I must say that Behind Closed Doors is simply unforgettable.
The first few chapters were intriguing, but the good stuff came later, when the truth was revealed. Even if you think that you know what’s going on from the very beginning (or just by reading the blurb), this novel will still surprise you. To be honest, “it” was worse that I expected. I read a book about a similar topic a few months ago (and it was brilliant) but the scary stuff was definitely heavier here.
I’ve hated characters with a passion before but nothing ever compared to what I felt for Jack Angel while reading Behind Closed Doors. At one point, I was so desperately angry that I had to stop reading because I needed to calm myself down. I was so nervous. I just wanted to scream and tell everyone about him (my boyfriend could now tell you the whole story without having read the book 😳).
There were certain parts of the story that made me gasp with horror. How could someone be so cruel? If you are like me and you usually get super immersed in the books you read, this won’t be an easy one for you. I suffered a lot. And don’t worry about pace: the book is filled with action and you won’t be able to stop reading. B.A Paris is an excellent thriller writer and knows exactly how to keep you completely hooked.
Refreshingly enough, there are no dual POVs here, just Grace’s narration. But the story is told via past & present chapters, something which made the last section even more exciting. Without giving much away, I will say that while I saw the ending coming (the how), I never expected the last few pages to be so perfect. The dialogue made me shiver and I almost shed a tear. That is exactly how you write a powerful ending
I’m perfectly aware that some of the situations were a bit far-fetched and unrealistic and that the characters are too black-and-white. But with Behind Closed Doors I didn’t care about that, it was that good. Anyway, I read this book in almost one sitting and it made me feel so many emotions that it certainly deserves my highest rating.
A perfect read for fans of domestic thrillers. You won’t regret it.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.