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“Behind Closed Doors” is a thriller in which you will be on the side of the murderer and worried that she may not get away with it. The plot is. Newlyweds Grace and Jack Angel seem to lead a perfect life in British author Paris's gripping debut, but appearances can be deceiving. B.A. Paris' BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is everything I need and more in a summer crime fiction read. Brimming with moments of quiet evil and.
View all 85 comments. 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. 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. 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.. 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.
After much of my begging around for this book I finally won a copy on Goodreads first reads. Miracles do happen because I didn't think anyone ever won one of those suckers. Brandie's review 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. View all 64 comments. 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. 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: View all 69 comments. I love how it looks, I love how it feels, I love how it smells. And I especially love the sound of it. The story has some interesting twists 4 Stars!! 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. 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!
Her husband, Jack is a gorgeous man. At least they seem to be. They all look so happy, but not everything is as it seems. Only Grace knows what really happens behind closed doors. 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. 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. 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. 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. Overall, a great intriguing thriller! View all 79 comments. Behind Closed Doors will capture your mind and keep your heart prisoner until the very last page! I found myself wishing I could read faster, just so I had a chance to catch my breath.
Make sure you read this with a glass of wine or a box of chocolates, as they may save your life by distracting you from the story lon Behind Closed Doors will capture your mind and keep your heart prisoner until the very last page! Make sure you read this with a glass of wine or a box of chocolates, as they may save your life by distracting you from the story long enough to remind you oxygen is an essential part of survival.
My heart was pounding from stress. My feet twitched from anticipation and sheer frustration. I experienced a heightened level of anxiety throughout the whole of this book. The last few lines of this story sent shivers down my spine and I had tears in my eyes as I sat staring at the very last page. This book should come with a free oxygen mask, beta-blockers and a box of tissues. If you thrive on books that leave you feeling trapped, isolated and with no one to turn to, then this is definitely the book for you.
Behind Closed Doors is sure to be a huge success, and has definitely made it into my Top Ten Books of View all 72 comments. Check out more of my reviews at www. This was certainly one creepy and screwed up story.
I expected it to be really messed up, but not in quite the way that it was. A pervasive sense of uneasiness stayed with me the entire time that I was reading this book. Very creepy. The book opens with a dinner party at Jack and Grace's home. Jack is a successful attorney, well-known for advocating for battered women.
Grace is the soft-spoken, elegant wife. Everything about th Check out more of my reviews at www. Everything about their life seems to be the picture of perfection. It is all a lie. What goes on behind closed doors would shock their friends and the community. Nothing is what it seems.
Jack is not the man that everyone thinks he is. Only Grace seems to be aware of his true nature and she is racing against the clock to stop him before he does worse than he already has. This story kept me on the edge of my seat right up to the very last word. There was no time wasted and the story moved quickly.
It was a nice change of pace for me. I was appalled by some of the things that Jack did in this book. Yet, it was the anticipation and the fear of the unknown that was most chilling. Unlike other books dealing with abuse and sociopaths, 'Behind Closed Doors' did not provide a lot of graphic, gory details. Instead, the author chooses to give you just enough information to piece things together for yourself and leaves the rest to your imagination.
If your mind is like mine, it can go to some pretty disturbing places when lead down that path. There were several times that I did want to shake Grace.
Mainly, I couldn't understand how quickly she seemed to submit to Jack's will. Although, seeing how things worked out for her on the few occasions when she did try to get away did help to convince me. It was unbelievable that Jack could wield so much influence, but it worked for the storyline I suppose. Overall, this was a fantastic, fast-paced story.
I listened to the Audible version and the narration was great. I highly recommend this standalone for anyone that loves a suspenseful, psychological thriller but cannot stomach the gory details. If you can keep your imagination under control, the author doesn't provide any horrendous details that will leave you scarred.
You will definitely be creeped out though. Count on that. View all 22 comments. Not sure for how long! Jack Angel is a lawyer and his wife Grace used to be a lot of things but she's not any more. Oh, she's the perfect hostess when people are allowed to come over, but things are never what they seem. When I found out what was going on, all I could see was kill him! How much I loathed Jack Angel is too much to describe!
Grace has a sweet sister named Millie who has Down's Syndrome. She is in a special school where she lives but she's supposed to go and live with Jack and Grace after she turns eighteen.
Grace does not want this to happen and will try to figure out how she can stop it. Grace doesn't want Millie brought into the sadistic world she lives in with Jack.
At first I was upset with Grace for not getting out of there but things are not as easy as they seem. Grace is living a nightmare beyond comprehension.
And let me just say that little Millie, she's brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Millie has it figured out and now all Grace has to do is find a way to execute the plan. But in Grace's world there is nothing easy to execute. Prisoners in a jail have it easier than Grace!
But the end game. That's all I can say without giving any spoilers! And remember. Martin's Press for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. View all 28 comments. Jack had been very clever in that respect; he had left her some water, but not quite enough to last her two weeks until we got home.
The shock of finding her dead was terrible. The look of malevolent anticipation on Jack's face as he opened the door to the utility room had prepared me for something --that he had left her tied up for the two weeks we were away, or that she wouldn't be there --but not that he had left her to die. But when I knelt down beside her and found her body cold and rigid, I thought about the terrible death she must have endured.
It was then that I didn't only vow to kill Jack, but to make him suffer as he made Molly suffer" My thoughts about the above situation. Molly -the dog -- was killed There are many high ratings for this book --torture of Molly didn't lower their rating at all.
In another book I read two years ago One of my personal favorites about two aging Gay men --after WWII --"Hide" by Matthew Griffin", there is a very tragic accident where a dog is killed --but it was 'not' intentional. Readers 'did' lower their rating because of the tragedy of the dog's very sad death in "Hide". In "Hide" the prose is beautiful. Both men clearly love animals. Many low reviews influenced other readers from reading the book themselves. In "Behind Closed Doors" -- you can see for yourself by the quote above -how furious an animal lover might be.
It was a pure intentional horrific act of suffering and torture to that poor dog. Then, why didn't I see more readers lowering their ratings for "Behind Close Doors" --if they had for "Hide"? It makes no sense to me. I felt "Behind Closed Doors" started out strong. This book is only pages. I enjoyed the first of those. In the beginning the writing pulled me in with flavorful descriptions of the characters-- not only Jack and Grace, the two main characters who get married after a short courting period Diane and Adam -- Esther and Rufus.
The six of them all had dinner together at Jack and Grace's new dream house. The supporting couples make the story interesting with their questions. The two other ladies want to get to know Grace more since she is the new wife - part of their clan now. We learn about Millie, Grace's 17 year old sister who has Down Syndrome. Esther wants to know more about Millie Esther wants to know about Grace's interest - and become friends. The dinner party is a happy -[suppressed happy] - evening The evening ends with Esther inviting Grace to lunch one afternoon.
All we know is Grace is later going to have to find a way to cancel. She just won't be 'allowed' it seems to enjoy a lunch date with a girlfriend. We don't know yet. Point is Here are where things go wrong: This creepy story just began to feel 'sleepy-boring- and a little too fake to take serious. Graces' character was pretty good - but Jacks's was completely dull. Overall none of the characters are not developed 'enough' — — they are too one -dimensional.
The ending was predictable-- and it wrapped up too quickly. So - there ya have it - a very unpopular review. Many people loved this book -- it was somewhat a page turner - but that doesn't mean it had inspiring attributes.
Higher than 2 stars View all 66 comments. I received a copy of Behind Closed Doors by B. Paris from NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and to B. Paris for the opportunity. Flip the switch. Move over Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. This one is lit up and burning bright.
Jack and Grace Angel appear to be in love and so taken with one another. A dinner party showcases Grace's extraordinary culinary fete and highlights Jack's lavish attention upon his wife and their guests.
Their posh home reflects the best in art and in decor. This lovely scene is swirling with the honeymoon affect. But if you and I lean in a bit closer We step back to try and clear the air of the noxious fumes, but we and our senses are held hostage by the toxicity of what lies beneath this panoramic view. All is certainly not what it seems here. And what lies beneath the surface will have you gasping for, perhaps, a last breath.
Paris invites you into this little abode. Her characters are well-defined and the storyline has a heartbeat of its own. Are there some loose threads along the seams of this story? Most certainly. I did question some of the scenarios that were presented. But what energizes this story is the uncanny desperation that you feel for not being able to look away.
You are as driven as the main characters. You must know.
This is a debut novel for B. There are all indications of a remarkable talent in the making. Paris knows how to draw the cincture tighter and tighter. And that makes all the difference in keeping the story afloat and awaiting the next wave of attention. Looking forward to B. Paris' next offering. View all 82 comments. I have voted in 2 categories for this book in the Goodreads awards and with good reason!
You know that couple that looks SO perfect for each other? The ones that click together in every way when you see them and you feel a jealous twang that you don't have the same thing? Sometimes what you see on the outside can be very deceptive, never ever judge a book by it's cover, always read the fine print in the middle. Behind Closed Doors is a chilling and atmospheric psychological thriller that I pr I have voted in 2 categories for this book in the Goodreads awards and with good reason!
Behind Closed Doors is a chilling and atmospheric psychological thriller that I predict will be one of the BIG reads of I have read a few books recently about marriages that are not all they same and when this theme is done well as this book does it's absolutely breathtaking and scary. Disturbed is what you will feel with much of this book, don't be surprised if your mouth pops open watch out for fruit flies at that point.
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. I had mixed feelings about Grace as a character but was very clear on my feelings for Jack - I did not like him, I hated him. Full stop. As for Grace?
Well I felt much for her ranging from pity and empathy to annoyance and rage. I wanted to yell at Grace many, many times and jump in the book and give her a good shaking.
The plot interested me from the start, I read the book in one glued-eye sitting until the early hours and was glad that I did, this my reader friends is one of those real escapism books. Love them. Taut, terrific and terrifyingly real at times. I have no doubt these marriages do exist. Think on that. Loved, loved and loved Behind Closed Doors and am intrigued to read more from B.
I double dare you. Many thanks to Harlequin UK for my copy of this book in exchange for a professional book review. All opinions are my own. To follow me on Twitter: View all 20 comments. Nov 19, Debbie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Holy moly what a ride!! Dry eye made the words blurry, but who cares? And food? Is that really necessary? My only necessity was finding out how this story turned out, to get me out of the claustrophobic terror created by a holy-shit psychopath.
It was some tense! This guy Jack is one sick psycho. Will he win in the end? I went back and forth many times, believe me. I'm super impressed that this new writer could come up with such far-out displays of evil and ingenious push-backs.
The writing is excellent—it flows seamlessly and there are no fillers. And the story is told by the woman, Grace.
The pace never lets up. Okay, actually it did get a tiny bit slow in the middle, but it could have just been my discomfort super nail-biting unchiness that made me want it to go faster so I could see what happened. The beginning and ending were just scrumptious.
But had Grace been able to expose Jack then, what a boring fizzle-out it would have been! Also, Millie seemed a little too clever for someone with a low IQ—could she have successfully hidden pills, and would she have been able to cook up such a scheme? And in the end, I really wanted to actually see Grace get her revenge: I wanted to see Jack suffer, to watch her make him suffer, to see his reaction.
But then again, it was so clever and effective the way the author had Grace happily heading off to the airport by herself, and it kept me incredibly tense and curious about what had happened and whether she truly would be free. A good psychopath can take your mind off of anything. This was just what the doctor ordered. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy.
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May 07, Kevin Ansbro rated it it was ok Shelves: Lead character, Grace, must be THE most gullible woman ever to walk the planet, and characterless Jack is about as evil as Mr Bean and dull as ditchwater! I ask you, who could possibly be duped by such a dullard? D I also wonder if the author has ever flown abroad in her life?
D B A Paris even seems to think that you can get upgraded to First Class just by giving the check-in staff a hard luck story oh, per-lease, get real! To make things worse could they be any worse? So, what do I know? View all 75 comments. There seems to be a great deal of new releases on the best sellers lists for psychological-thriller style novels about relationships between married couples and they all seem to be readable but quite mediocre and this was among one of three that I downloaded that has fantastic reviews but failed to deliver a satisfying and credible ending.
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace, successful, newly married, devoted t 2. Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace, successful, newly married, devoted to each other but is their relationship and life as rosy as it appears on the outside? I fell for the premise of the story as the characters are well drawn and the plot well executed to begin with but about half ways through the story I was finding myself having to suspend belief at some of the actions of the characters and plot line weakened and became repetitive.
I read this on Kindle and thought I was missing pages as the book seemed to end so abruptly. An entertaining beginning but a disappointing conclusion and a novel that lacked any real depth. View all 26 comments. For about the first pages, I was all in. Sitting on the edge of my seat, excited to see how things were going to unfold with Grace and Jack.
By all appearances they had the perfect marriage, but we all know looks can be deceiving. It was definitely an interesting, but eerie scenario. While I thought there were a few opportunities that presented themselves, I could understand her trepidation and the need to protect her younger sister. Millie turned out to be one of my favorite things about the story. Was it just me or did she have way more guts than Grace?
It was somewhere around the halfway mark that my feelings started to change. The story became stagnant and took on a bit of a repetitive feel. I kept waiting for something big to happen. Something to breathe some life back into this story. It was a lot of talk, but not much action. I felt like we were only given a small glimpse of his dark side. I will say, the author delivered with the ending. While slightly unbelievable, I would expect more of an investigation obviously, it made me like the story that much more.
It was kind of clever the way Grace pulled it off.
The fact that someone else knew what really happened, and how she figured it out, was an added bonus. Martin's Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. View all 30 comments. Enjoyable, even though the psychological pathology and methodology really don't make any sense. But it's written in a way that keeps the pages turning, even if the plotting and details are a bit loose and the characterization not hugely complex.
I'm a little surprised to see this described as "terrifying" and other such adjectives, though. Maybe I've been too hardened by other thrillers and life to find it that exciting. But I liked the book overall, especially the note on which it ended. View all 12 comments. There's no way I can review this book without sounding like an asshole but I'll try. You're following the story of a woman who's in an abusing relationship. Classic bait and switch. As soon as she gets married to him, she realizes he's a monster.
However, even if the audiobook narrator did a great job, I just had troubling caring much about her or feeling like she didn't have opportunities to get out of there Wasn't for me. Wouldn't recommend. View all 4 comments. Jack is a successful lawyer, Grace an ex-downloader for the upmarket Harrods store, in London. It transpires that Jack and Grace have been married just one year and that Grace gave up her job a job she admits she loved so that she could be home more often to support her husband.
Then we learn that Grace has a sister, Millie, who suffers from Downs syndrome. Millie will soon come to live with her sister and her husband.
A lawyer who specializes in defending battered wives, Jack promised Grace her dream home to share with Millie, and convinced her to give up her job with Harrods to be a full-time homemaker.
Throughout the first chapter, however, there are hints that all is not well. Of the lily she received as a hostess gift, Grace hopes that Jack will plant it in the garden where she can see it from her bedroom window. Or is something more sinister going on? The chapters alternate between Present and Past. One never gets lost in these time shifts, thanks to the chapter labelling, but one is often confused.
By keeping us uncertain, author E. Paris is making us experience something of what Grace is going through. While Grace and Jack are the co-protagonists, with Grace the first-person narrator, the most interesting character, and one essential to the plot, is Millie. Despite her intellectual limitations, she knows bad behaviour from good, and has a strong love and loyalty toward Grace. The question as to why she would hate George Clooney, and why she links the two men in her mind as a Jekyll and Hyde, keep us reading.