Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

April 25, 2017 Advanced Readers Copy, Book Reviews 2

I received this book for free from AudioBook Reviewer in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. ParisBehind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 9th 2016
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 351
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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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?

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I almost had to stop reading this. Almost!

I read horror on an almost daily basis. What this has that many horrors do not is a plot that is right in your face. Grace knows what is going on, almost from the very beginning and so does the reader.

There are some minor spoilers due to the way this is written and writing a review on this thriller is difficult! It is so terrifying and there seemingly is no way for Grace to do anything to get back at her captor. He even allows her to make choices but when she makes the wrong ones, he simply takes something away.

The timing jumps back and froth from past to today and back again, over and over. At first I wondered why but what this does is allows the reader to see little clues of what Grace is doing, or has done from step one. It’s completely terrible and horrifying to know that Jack had all the bases covered and Grace didn’t even know they were playing baseball. He had it all set in motion from day one which means that although Grace learns more and more about Jack, she is always a step behind.

The reason I wanted to put this down was because I had a hard time with sticking with this plot. I loved it, don’t get me wrong, but the horror of it all made me want to step away, or get through it fast. Grace goes through so much and the entire story is about a year and a half.

I listened to this one and the audio was fantastic. The narrator, Georgia Maguire, did a lovely job of portraying a woman first that is shocked and appalled, but then dejected. This character is so strong and Jack just beats it out of her, although not literally. He is too conniving to actually leave a mark on her. I listened at a faster speed than normal so I could get through it faster. There are a lot of pauses and even at 1.5 there were breaks. Nothing to take away from the thrill of the story, actually I used them as breathers. A second or two here and there to just hope that Grace was going to be able to outsmart Jack. I could listen to Georgia’s beautiful voice all day long. She was like a balm for this horrific ordeal.

In short: This book is horrible but fabulous. If you can deal with the subject matter, it is definitely a good read. You’ll want to get to the end if you pick this up.

 

Rating Report
Plot
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

 

 

B A Paris grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris”

  1. Elizabeth

    I’m currently reading this book! Ive just started it but it’s hard to put down! Thank you for your review of this amazing book!

    • Christina

      It is so good! A lot to take in at certain points but only because I had so much empathy for the main character. Let me know what you think!