BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
By: B.A. Paris
Published: August 9, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
If you like books that make your skin crawl and give you the creeps, then this is the book for you. Jack and Grace Angel look like the perfect couple on the outside. He is a lawyer that champions abused women and hasn’t lost a case yet, making sure their abusers are behind bars for a long time. Their friends envy their beautiful home and Grace’s seemingly easy lifestyle and lavishly prepared dinners. But, a friend begins to wonder why Grace doesn’t have a mobile. Grace is never alone and always has an excuse for not showing up to a girls luncheon. Why is their home surrounded by gates and fences?
Grace, who worked hard for everything she had and helps support her sister with downs syndrome can’t believe her luck in meeting Jack. He seems beyond perfect and their whirlwind romance is better than she ever dreamed. On their wedding night, something happens that makes Grace begin to question Jack and then when they leave for their honeymoon in Thailand, every dream she ever had is shattered into a million pieces.
Debut author, Paris has expertly written just the right level of suspense to force the reader to fly through this book all at once because you can’t bear to wait a minute longer to find out what happens. We meet Grace and Jack in the past in one chapter and then we are jumped to the present during their marriage in the next chapter, finding out the horror Grace is living in. By flipping between the past and the present in each chapter, Paris eventually brings the two time periods together in a shocking conclusion that will satisfy even the most regular mystery readers.
Paris paints Jack Angel as the perfect husband with the most wonderful manners and then in a flash, he is sadistic, evil, and absolutely astounds the reader with the games he plays. I must warn readers that some may find the material in this novel disturbing and sensitive. It is difficult to read at times, but hoping for a positive conclusion keeps the reader cheering for Grace at each and every phase.
A former teacher, Paris wrote this novel after being concerned about a friend’s marriage and letting her imagination run wild. If her imagination can create this kind of thrill ride, I have no doubt future novels will be just as successful.
|B.A. Paris – source|
B.A. Paris grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is her first novel.
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