Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

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Genre: Psychological Thriller

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I discovered this book on numerous book recommendation lists and was immediately drawn to it because it was compared to Gillian Flyn’s, Gone Girl.  Although the story is much different than Gone Girl, in my opinion, both books deliver the same level of suspense and psychological intrigue.

From the outside, it appears as if newlywed couple, Grace and Jack, have the perfect life and marriage.  However, from the very beginning of the story, it’s evident there’s more to the couple than originally meets the eye.  Grace is never seen in public without Jack by her side and never seems to be the one to answer the door or the telephone.  When she’s invited to lunch out with the girls, she always seems to cancel at the last minute or arrive with Jack in tow.  Although it’s almost immediately clear that Grace is being oppressed by Jack, it isn’t until further into the story that the reader learns just how tight a grip Jack has on her.

As the author delves into the intricacies of Grace and Jack’s marriage, answers are slowly revealed about the sinister nature of their relationship and the the dark secrets that are lurking just beneath the surface.  One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much was because of the way the author created such complex characters.  The story was very fast paced and suspenseful and the chilling ending was by far my favorite part of the book.  Although this book can be difficult to read at certain points, it is well worth it for the satisfying conclusion alone.

 

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