Primary Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Published: 9 August 2016 by St. Martin’s Press
Page count: 293 (audio length 8:23:51)
My Format: Audiobook via Overdrive
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: Buy Behind Closed Doors
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Synopsis from Goodreads
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.
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. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.
Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.
I have had this book on my TBR list for what feels like ages so I finally decided to read it. Here are my pros and cons for Behind Closed Doors:
- This is one of those fast-read thrillers that will anger and frustrate you – and that is what it is meant to do. This isn’t a great literary book or even the best thriller you will ever read… but it is a decent story that will hook you from the get-go.
- This is an emotional book. You will simultaneously be angry with and feel bad for Grace, you will despise Jack, and you will feel really sorry for Millie (Grace’s sister who has Down’s Syndrome).
- You know the story almost from the very beginning. You know what is going to happen and where the story is headed. You will even predict things before they happen. The brilliance of this story is that even though you know what is coming you still have to read about it and suffer through like the characters do.
- Do you like reading about despicable characters? Grace’s parents, while not prominent in the story, are just about as horrible and selfish as they can be.
- While I didn’t categorize it as such above, really this book is pure horror! Mainly because the circumstances are so much more real than ghosts or other things that go bump in the night. This is horror because it is real and it is possible and it could easily happen to anyone.
- Because of the past and present format of the book, you know the ending before it happens. I thought that was a bit strange. There was a final plot twist at the very end, but still knowing the ultimate outcome ahead of time made the ending a bit anticlimactic to me.
- I thought some of the situations between Grace and Jack were a little contrived and unrealistic. Jack’s over-the-top behavior was almost theatrical and a tad unbelievable at times. Plus, Jack’s ability to always perfectly prepare for and counteract anything Grace does seemed a bit far-fetched.
- The dog. Ugh. The dog’s part of the story did have a karma moment that was at least satisfying, but I could have done without it altogether to be honest.
This is really a very basic story, with just a few main characters and a simple plot. It is actually a little difficult to review a book like this because one misused word could give the entire plot away… although I think the synopsis does a pretty good job of giving away the main theme of the book already. Anyway… I thought this was relatively solid story that was packed full of negative emotions for the reader. I’m not kidding that you will get frustrated at a minimum and downright angry most likely.
This was my first B. A. Paris book and I will be reading more! I do recommend this book to anyone that likes fast-paced domestic psychological thrillers.
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