Thursday, December 6, 2018

Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Title: Behind Closed Doors
Author: B.A. Paris
Year Published: 2018


Genre: Adult fiction
Pages: 293
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)UK

FTC Disclosure: I bought this with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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 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.

Review: This book has been on my shelf for quite some time, but I am glad that I finally read it. I stayed up well past my bedtime last night to finish it even though I had to get up early for work this morning. I just couldn't put it down! 

Jack is creepy. Well, creepy may not be the right word. He is so loving and charming on the surface and so sadistic on the inside. A true psychopath. And it is so well done. The reader knows things aren't right, and you want to tell the other characters to run away, but you can't. If this was a movie, I'd definitely be yelling at the screen.

And poor Grace. She is bright, interesting, intelligent, and she totally falls for Jack's plan. And once she knows what he's up to (he's so sadistic he tells her all about it in detail) she continues to play his game while trying to figure out how to stop it all from happening. But Jack is always one (or two) steps ahead. He's very good at being very bad.

This is a quick read and definitely pulls the reader in and makes your heart beat faster as you hope it all end up okay.

Challenges for which this counts: none

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