Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

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 entert...

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Title:Behind Closed Doors
Author:B.A. Paris
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Behind Closed Doors Reviews

  • Deanna

    I finished this book late last night and I still can't stop thinking about it.

    I have been wanting to read Behind Closed Doors for quite some time. When it was available on NetGalley I requested it right away but unfortunately was denied. I think that just made me want it more!

    So when I finally got my hands on it I just had to put everything else aside and start reading. And I was pulled in right away.

    ***Possibly some very minor spoilers***

    "The perfect marriage or the perfect lie?"

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    I finished this book late last night and I still can't stop thinking about it.

    I have been wanting to read Behind Closed Doors for quite some time. When it was available on NetGalley I requested it right away but unfortunately was denied. I think that just made me want it more!

    So when I finally got my hands on it I just had to put everything else aside and start reading. And I was pulled in right away.

    ***Possibly some very minor spoilers***

    "The perfect marriage or the perfect lie?"

    The story alternates between the present and past and is told from Grace's point of view. The past only a few months before Grace and Jack get married.

    The book opens in the present. Husband-and-wife, Jack and Grace Angel are hosting a dinner for two other couples. One couple are old friends of Jack's and another couple is new to the area. Everyone marvels over dinner and the house. When talk turns to Jack's job as a lawyer, everyone congratulates him on his most recent conviction.

    Jack champions battered wives and has never lost a case.

    "I have nothing but contempt for men who are found to be violent towards their wives", Jack says firmly. "They deserve everything they get."

    But of course things aren't always what they seem. As the title suggests, we do not know what goes on behind closed doors. Is Grace Angel an example of a woman who has it all? A perfect house, a perfect husband, the perfect life?

    Grace serves an extravagant meal and both her and Jack are wonderful hosts. Grace makes sure that everything goes flawlessly. The food is wonderful, she asks all the right questions and answers all questions perfectly.

    We learn more about how the couple got together. They met about 6 months before at a park Grace frequently attended with her 17-year-old sister, Millie. It was one of their favorite places as Millie loves music and there was often a band playing. Millie was enjoying the music and started dancing. After a few minutes though her dancing seemed to annoy a few people. Grace was just about to ask Millie to stop when Jack appeared out of nowhere, dancing with Millie and charming everyone watching, including Grace.

    Millie has Down's syndrome and can be very spontaneous. When Jack comes to her rescue, people stop staring and start to clap. It was a very special and heartwarming moment. Both Grace and Millie fall in love with Jack almost immediately.

    At first Grace was hesitant to get involved in a relationship with Jack. Millie boards at a school where she is well taken care of. Unfortunately, when she turns 18 she's no longer eligible to remain living there. Grace's parents want to find alternate living accommodations for Millie as they want to be free to travel. Grace does not want that and has promised to take care of Millie herself. When Jack proposes he says he understands that Grace and Millie are a package deal. He proclaims to love Millie and is happy to help take care of her with Grace. But when talk turns to Millie coming to live with them, Grace seems more nervous than excited.

    Jack really seems like the perfect man. Not just handsome and charming but loving and caring.

    On the day of their wedding Millie has an accident and must go to the hospital. Grace is frantic and considers putting off the wedding but Jack convinces her that while Millie won't be able to attend the wedding, she is otherwise just fine. Jack and Grace go ahead with the wedding. After that they are off immediately to Thailand for their honeymoon.

    And the nightmare begins...

    I may have said it before about other books but this really took hold of me. I was constantly thinking about it or talking about it. One of my best friends and my mom let me go on and on as I got further into the book. Neither of them were going to read the book but they ended up being quite interested in the story once I started telling them about it. My mom would even phone to ask me what had happened next.

    The book covers some very difficult topics and can be hard to read about. However, I feel the author did a wonderful job of telling the story in a chilling way, but without going overboard with graphic descriptions. It's hard to explain but it was still just as terrifying and kept me on the edge of my seat.

    "Fear is the best deterrent of all"

    This is a fantastic psychological thriller, complete with a monster so sadistic. I had no idea what was going to happen next. Every time I put the book down I tried to figure out how this horrific monster would possibly be defeated. Going over and over different scenarios in my head.

    The characters were very well-developed. I absolutely loved Grace's sister, Millie. She stole my heart. Although I questioned some of Grace's decisions, it felt like one of those situations where you couldn't possibly know how you would react unless it was happening to you.

    There may be some things that may not seem completely realistic or believable but I didn't care. I've read things and seen things on the news that seemed like they could not possibly be real. Yet they were. I tried not to analyze everything to decide if it could realistically happen that way. I just went with it and enjoyed the ride.

    "Behind Closed Doors" was a thrilling read with many twists and turns that left me reeling. A thoroughly engrossing novel that I won't soon forget.

    Honestly, in my opinion this was worth the wait. I'm very excited for this author's next book.

  • Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦

    Before starting this one keep in mind that appearances can be deceiving.

    is a gripping, thought-provoking thriller with some psychological and mystery elements that will keep you at the edge of your seat. The story has some interesting twists

    Before starting this one keep in mind that appearances can be deceiving.

    is a gripping, thought-provoking thriller with some psychological and mystery elements that will keep you at the edge of your seat. The story has some interesting twists and turns and I have to say it has a good, solid plot that will keep you entertained from the beginning. B. A. Paris delivered an interesting, page turner thriller that will almost give you anxiety attacks. The story is written really well and overall it was a pretty addictive read!

    The story fallows Grace, an elegant, ‘perfect’ housewife who seems to have it all – good looks, a perfect, caring husband and a lovely home. Her husband, Jack is a gorgeous man. He’s a lawyer defending abusive women. He’s charismatic, a good provider and a caring, devoted husband. They don’t have any kids...yet, but they are happy. At least they seem to be. Soon their family will grow when Millie, Grace’s little sister who has Down’s syndrome will come to live with them. They all look so happy, but not everything is as it seems. Only Grace knows what really happens behind closed doors.

    The story is told from Grace’s POV, both in the past and in the present. At first the fact the events from the past happened only a year before the events from the preset seemed a little odd to me, but as the story progressed I ended up liking this aspect. I actually think it was pretty clever. The story is not actually gory and/or disturbing...well, not very, so prepare yourself “only” to be shocked. As the story unfolds, both in the past and in the present I anxiously waited for the other shoe to drop. So yeah, the story was intriguing. Some scenes were full of tension, some scenes will leave you with your mouth hanging open and some scenes will frustrate you like hell. But you will be engrossed in the story regardless.

    Since we’re talking about a thriller/mystery, of course the story was more plot driven than character-driven. However, I think Grace and also Jack were well portrayed characters. Some of their characteristics were believable, with their flaws they felt relatable in some way or another and they were also very engaging. Grace was a likeable character for the most part, but honestly at times she was so frustrating that I really wanted to throttle her.

    The writing was fantastic, the pace of the story perfect for this kind of read and overall the story had a realistic vibe that made me think and almost gave me the chills. Even if the story is about a married couple, the story doesn’t have any romance, which was fine by me.

    The story ends exactly like I expected and I liked that. In spite of that, I have to say the ending felt a little rushed. Everything was somehow too neat IMO. I would have liked to know more about some aspects in these characters’ lives and also the story to be longer. Also, IMO would have been better with more psychological elements…I know, I know…I’m greedy, but it's what I would have preferred.

    Overall, a great intriguing thriller!

  • Emily May

    3 1/2 stars. Okay, listen up. This book is not the next

    . Don't let anyone tell you that. It just isn't. It's not that kind of twisty, secretive book at all. It's the kind of

    that plays with your emotions without ever making you think too hard. But, so help me,

    .

    when she described this book as being fuelled by its action, not its suspense. The story actually gives up its secrets almost immediately - in fact, most of you proba

    3 1/2 stars. Okay, listen up. This book is not the next

    . Don't let anyone tell you that. It just isn't. It's not that kind of twisty, secretive book at all. It's the kind of

    that plays with your emotions without ever making you think too hard. But, so help me,

    .

    when she described this book as being fuelled by its action, not its suspense. The story actually gives up its secrets almost immediately - in fact, most of you probably figured it out after reading the blurb, right? It's not rocket science. And yet, this is a real strength here. The pages flew by in my desperate need to know what happens next.

    It is an extremely emotional read with potential triggers*. I can't remember the last time a book made me feel such an

    . I could feel my emotions bubbling up from the pit of my stomach; I could feel my heart pounding with fury and fear. Because this is a

    , a disturbing book. Scarier than any horror with demons and monsters.

    It is an awful, exciting ride of terror. But a certain suspension of disbelief is a must. It is neither the most realistic book, nor the most deeply meaningful. There are some black and white aspects to the characterization -

    Between the breakneck pacing and the emotional nature of the read (Grace's love for her sister with Down's syndrome is particularly heart-wrenching), my eyes were glued to the pages. Sometimes I saw some things coming before they happened but, rather than feeling "spoiled", this meant I just had to sit and watch the car crash happen with no way to do anything about it.

    Yeah, what can I say? - I loved it. I know, I know, it's not even that fantastic, but I still want to recommend it. And I thought the ending was just perfect... the kind of perfect that makes you do an evil little smile. However, if you are looking for a dark, edgy read but are put off by the lack of depth in this one - try

    instead.

    *Triggers & warnings:

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  • Lola  Reviewer

    is terribly frightening.

    Especially since it’s not far-fetched. It’s realistic in a scary, can’t-fall-in-love-blindly-anymore and I-need-to-scrutinize-my-boyfriend kind of way.

    It’s terrifying because it’s a story that could happen to anyone. Even the most vigilant of human beings can be duped by a genuine smile and gentlemanly gestures.

    I stayed up all night to finish this book, which shows how determined I was to see how everything would play out in the end for Grace and ‘‘Jac

    is terribly frightening.

    Especially since it’s not far-fetched. It’s realistic in a scary, can’t-fall-in-love-blindly-anymore and I-need-to-scrutinize-my-boyfriend kind of way.

    It’s terrifying because it’s a story that could happen to anyone. Even the most vigilant of human beings can be duped by a genuine smile and gentlemanly gestures.

    I stayed up all night to finish this book, which shows how determined I was to see how everything would play out in the end for Grace and ‘‘Jackass’’ Jack.

    This isn’t the sort of thriller I’m used to reading. Though it’s somewhat action-driven, it has a creepily calm atmosphere that is meant to deceive the reader in the beginning. However, as the story progresses and more is revealed to us, it doesn’t bother to lull us into the web of lies and make-believe that is Grace and ‘‘Jackass’’ Jack’s marriage anymore.

    No, the narration becomes all about Grace trying to escape her fate. About her doing everything in her means to prevail at this game of life and death she never wanted any part of.

    I’m used to something more intense, more dramatic… less quiet. And perhaps that’s why

    affected me in such a way. Sometimes ‘‘intense’’ and ‘‘dramatic’’ can lead to

    . But quiet, pretence, being so close to freedom – almost smelling it – but having it denied and trying to freeze the days for the impending death day never to happen…. that’s… that’s scary.

    Well, I think I will take a little hiatus from reading more books of this genre. I can’t hide that I’m a bit shaken right now and will need time to reshape my mind into going back to thinking that life is beautiful.

    That was an amazing, emotional ending. It almost gave me a heart attack, but oh well.

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  • Kristin (KC)

    (Because 3.98 sounds too olympic-figure-skating-judgey)

    Sorry you had to take all that heat, George Clooney…

    If you can dig deep and find it in you to curb your need for concrete common sense and logic for the sake of some truly fun fiction, then you, my friend, are the perfect prospect for

    .

    Because this is the second book by B.A. Paris that I

    . Sure, I had to battle a few nagging concerns while I read:

    (Because 3.98 sounds too olympic-figure-skating-judgey)

    Sorry you had to take all that heat, George Clooney…

    If you can dig deep and find it in you to curb your need for concrete common sense and logic for the sake of some truly fun fiction, then you, my friend, are the perfect prospect for

    .

    Because this is the second book by B.A. Paris that I

    . Sure, I had to battle a few nagging concerns while I read:

    But it was all in good fun…well, as fun as something this demented and extreme is allowed to be. And, like

    , my addiction to this read was instantaneous.

    This author’s writing is so simple and straightforward, but her storytelling is potent, as is her ability to construct a tension-filled plot.

    There isn't much mystery to speak of in this domestic thriller; its focus lies heavily on the struggle of our heroine and her desperate measures of combat.

    This story highlights the fact that there are flaws lingering beneath all surfaces of perfection, and shows just one horrific example of what could

    be going on behind closed doors.

    Although its content is crawling with extremely twisted and bizarre insinuations, this story isn't the least bit graphic in what it reveals. It displays more mind-control and fear than anything else, but it's slightly exaggerated and ironically becomes almost

    at times. The *sickening* element is certainly present, but applied with a gentle hand and refrains from growing too dark or heavy.

    I was speeding through these pages, oblivious to all the real life *stuff* going on around me. And all too soon came the ending, (which I’m beginning to see this is this author's forte) and ... just the highest of fives all around, is all I’m saying. LOVED IT - and I hope you will too!

  • karen

    calls this book "2016's ANSWER TO GONE GIRL"

    dear

    - please leave the readers' advisory work to trained professionals and stick to telling us how much water we should be drinking. for our vaginas.

    this is nothing like

    . it's nothing like

    . i'm not even sure this can be classified as psychological suspense, really. this is a straight-up thril

    calls this book "2016's ANSWER TO GONE GIRL"

    dear

    - please leave the readers' advisory work to trained professionals and stick to telling us how much water we should be drinking. for our vaginas.

    this is nothing like

    . it's nothing like

    . i'm not even sure this can be classified as psychological suspense, really. this is a straight-up thriller. and there ain't a thing in the world wrong with that, except when people like

    start getting a little loosey goosey with their suggestions and ruining the reputation of readers' advisory for everybody.

    ice cream is good. cheese is good. both are dairy products. but telling someone, "oh, you like ice cream?? here, have some cheese!" is setting up an expectation that can at best end in confusion but more likely to result in resentment and murder.

    and as much as i hate to use this review space to rant about something only tangentially related to the book, these things matter to me. plus, this is one of those books where i can already hear the shrieking of the people about how all of the spoilers in the world are being spoiled by me so it's probably best for me to do this instead.

    i am absolutely fine with calling this a marriage thriller or a psychological thriller, but the word "suspense" and the wrong readalikes set up certain expectations that will be unmet by this book.

    the focus of this book is the "perfect" marriage of jack and grace angel: he is a handsome lawyer specializing in domestic abuse who has never lost a case while she is beautiful and demure, retired from her high-powered career to transfer her accomplishments to the realm of the domestic arts: soufflé baking, painting, gardening, and entertaining; awaiting the day her special needs sister millie will turn eighteen, leave her boarding school, and come to live with them in their perfect house and be a part of their perfect life.

    and that would be a terribly boring book without some conflict lurking underneath. the synopsis up there pretty much tells you all you need to know about what's really going on, but i'll repost it here in spoiler tags just in case:

    so, you're a smart kid - you can do the math on that and figure out what's what.

    (and, okay, so it's a

    bit like

    , but only the

    parts.)

    psychological suspense novels like

    are characterized by the destabilizing effect they have on their reader; where tension is built and maintained through misdirection and the manipulation of narrative twists, keeping the reader guessing, uncertain about what's actually going on, where the story is headed, if the narrator can be trusted.

    the appeal of

    book doesn't lie in its suspense at all, but in its action. after the initial discovery; once you know what you know (it's a relatively early reveal but i'll continue to play coy), the plot doesn't deviate from that scenario. this book is about this one thing and everything that logically follows that one thing. the fun of this book is not in figuring anything out, but in watching it unfold in its absolutely relentless pacing; one of those white-knuckle, edge of your seat reads where the story is broken up between the past and the present, as the time between those two periods narrows, bringing the two stories together for the dramatic explosion.

    it's the literary parallel of the lifetime movie. in which assessment there is no pejorative value judgment implied - it is a marriage thriller, after all.

    my only quibble

    not terrifically realistic, but that doesn't mean it's not a lot of fun. but it also doesn't mean it's anything like

    . at all.

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  • Jennifer Masterson

    I know a lot of you guys loved this book, but it turned out to be just meh for me. It had it's moments and kept me up late last night, but I had a hard time suspending disbelief with this one. I don't know why.

    I listened to the audio version. The audio is good. It's short and only about 8 hours. The narrator does a good job, but the book translated into a Lifetime Movie via audio for me. It might be better to read a hardcopy of it.

    Thank you to Lisa for recommending it to me. :). She loved the bo

    I know a lot of you guys loved this book, but it turned out to be just meh for me. It had it's moments and kept me up late last night, but I had a hard time suspending disbelief with this one. I don't know why.

    I listened to the audio version. The audio is good. It's short and only about 8 hours. The narrator does a good job, but the book translated into a Lifetime Movie via audio for me. It might be better to read a hardcopy of it.

    Thank you to Lisa for recommending it to me. :). She loved the book and so many other people on Goodreads did as well, so don't take my word for it. Check Lisa's revue out. Here it is:

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    I've been dying to read this book every since I first saw the blurb about it. I knew it wasn't going to be pretty and I have an un-holy attraction to books about psychos.

    I don't want to give up too much of the book because the biggest draw for it is the twisty parts of it.

    Grace has not had too much luck with men.

    She has a younger sister Millie who has Down's syndrome, and most men kind of back off once they realize that Grace is Millie's primary caregiver and that she isn't going to change t

    I've been dying to read this book every since I first saw the blurb about it. I knew it wasn't going to be pretty and I have an un-holy attraction to books about psychos.

    I don't want to give up too much of the book because the biggest draw for it is the twisty parts of it.

    Grace has not had too much luck with men.

    She has a younger sister Millie who has Down's syndrome, and most men kind of back off once they realize that Grace is Millie's primary caregiver and that she isn't going to change that.

    Then she meets Jack.

    Jack is a successful lawyer who defends abused women against their abusive husbands. He never loses a case. He is compared to looking like George Clooney so normal circumstances would have him having to push off the women.

    These ain't normal circumstances.

    Jack sets his sites on Grace and convinces her to marry him. He "sweeps" her off her feet and she can't believe how lucky she is. You know that crap is not going to last.

    Things get all kinds of ugly.

    The thing is? I never really took Jack's menacing ways seriously. I really expected him to start twirling his mustache and cackling with an evil laugh.

    I agree with Millie..I hate "George Clooney."

    Then Grace. I mean for reals? She basically talked her way into an awesome job at Harrod's and we are supposed to believe that she comes across as this weak and bidding?

    I was hoping for a save for the ending..but nope. Just a fizzle.

    I'm really pissed off that this book wasn't all I had built up in my mind. Several of my friends have loved this one but I think I had it built up in my mind to being awesome and for me it sucked big pickled eggs.

    was the first time I noticed this book and she made me completely curious about it. Brandie has been my buddy since about the time that I joined Goodreads. She probably needs a medal for putting up with me for that long.

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at:

    My first warning should have been . . .

    By the time I was finished, there was only one thing that was going to cure my misery . . .

    Grace was a big muckity muck – living a jet set lifestyle as a buyer for Harrod’s. That all changed, however, when she met

    J

    Find all of my reviews at:

    My first warning should have been . . .

    By the time I was finished, there was only one thing that was going to cure my misery . . .

    Grace was a big muckity muck – living a jet set lifestyle as a buyer for Harrod’s. That all changed, however, when she met

    Jack. Jack swept Grace into a whirlwind romance, promised her not only the home of her dreams but also the opportunity to quit her job and have her sister (who was born with Down’s Syndrome) move in with them rather than live at her special school, and so the two were married in just six months. On the eve of her wedding everything changed for Grace. Because she was an effing IDIOT. Actually, let me back up a bit.

    *insert rewind noise*

    Despite Jack’s concerns, Grace insisted that her sister Millie stand as maid of honor. But on the couple’s wedding day Millie suffered from a terrible slip and fall down the stairs breaking her leg and removing her from the wedding festivities entirely (*dun dun dunnnnnnnnn*). That was page 64 and when I began screaming . . .

    Or Grace – you get the point.

    The remaining 300 pages consisted of more quality Lifetime Television for Women drama until finally Millie, despite having dialogue written as if she had the mentality of a toddler, came up with a fix for alllllllllll of Grace’s problems . . . .

    is easily the worst thing I’ve read in 2016. I should thank

    for sending this to me, but I kind of feel like she April Fooled me a month late. Whatever the case, I’m moving on to better things – namely porn . . .

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