Author: B.A. Paris
Goodreads Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.99)
Published: August 9th, 2016
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 really enjoyed this book. A lot actually. I was skeptic at first. I have some friends on my bookstagram that made it sound like this was one of the best books out there. With that I was very excited to get started on reading. It took a little while to understand what was really going on behind the scenes. Or behind closed doors.
There are plenty of dinner parties where Jack and Grace seem like the perfect couple. The way he looks at her and the way he speaks of her shows how much he adores her. As the chapters switch back and forth from present to past, the story unfolds about Grace’s life. Grace has a sister who has down syndrome. Her name is Millie. I fell in love with Millie the minute her character was introduced. She is so energetic, so fun and very, very smart.
As we start learning about Jack and Grace’s relationship, that is when it becomes terribly frightening. Their wedding day, Jack sneakily knocks Millie down the stairs so she can’t be apart of their ceremony. The first night of their honeymoon he makes Grace believe she’s locked in the room while he talks to everyone about her “mental illness” (which she doesn’t have). When they come back home, she is never aloud to go anywhere on her own, she is not aloud to talk to anyone on her own, she’s not allowed to answer the phone and quite simply she’s not allowed to ever leave her home without Jack. Even in public Jack is with her for her every move. There are bars on one window inside the house and steel shades that come down once Jack is home. When he is gone, Grace is locked within a bedroom desperately fighting for her life.
But Jack doesn’t want her. No. Grace is not who he intended on keeping locked up and getting a high out of terrifying. No, from the moment he met Grace it was Millie who he intended on taking. Grace was just a bonus.
If you go back to where I speak of Millie, you’ll find that I say she is very, very smart. Because she is. She knows what is going on and she knows how bad of a man Jack is. And she intends to help Grace escape whether she knows it or not.
I loved this book. B.A. Paris wrote an almost perfect psychological thriller. I say almost perfect because throughout the book there were just little things that I wished were different. The best part about this whole story was the ending. I’ve never gotten chills reading a book before and Paris wrote the most unnerving and the most unpredictable ending I’ve ever read.
“When I look at him I feel dismayed as I always do at how normal he looks, because surely there should be something – pointed ears or a pair of horns – to warn people of his evilness.”
I gave Behind Closed Doors a 4/5 stars. Of all the crime novels I’ve read so far (which isn’t a ton but enough) this has hands down been the best yet. ★★★★