I was provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lately, I have been almost exclusively reading suspenseful psychological thrillers, an unplanned exclusivity I might add, and Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris was, hands down, one of the best ones to date.
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 a 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.
To say that Behind Closed Doors is a page-turner is an understatement. I read this 350 page book in a single afternoon, because I just couldn’t put it down. More than once my dad walked by and made a comment about how intense the book must be because I hadn’t taken a single break since I had started it and he could tell I was over halfway through the book.
The chapters are constantly bouncing back and forth between the present days in Grace and Jack’s marriage to the past when they first met and started dating. The switches from past to present were very fluid with the story-line and helped to explain how almost every comment Jack made to Grace and their friends in public had a hidden meaning, which he used to mentally torture her in an attempt to try and break her composure in public. If he succeeded in breaking her composure, he would later punish her for failing to maintain the perfect facade she was required to uphold.
I cannot imagine how much strength and courage it took for Grace to hold onto her sanity with everything Jack put her through. I was very surprised that Jack’s profession of choice was to become a lawyer who handles cases for battered women- talk about irony.
Behind Closed Doors is a magnificent book that keeps you on your toes. I was constantly enthralled with this book and obsessed with discovering what would happen next!