Title: Behind Closed Doors
Author: B A Paris
Release Date: August 2016
My Rating: 8/10 Solid
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?
This is the first thriller I’ve read in a long time that has actually managed to frighten me. It’s not the kind of book with lots of twists and turns, in fact, we know the worst from the off. B A Paris makes no effort to hide what is happening to Grace, which only makes it more frightening. To give a minor spoiler – one that you can gather from the synopsis and the first couple of chapters – Grace is imprisoned by her husband Jack. The book cleverly focuses on the repeated escape attempts of Grace, and the suspense is built around the escape, rather than the reasons for her imprisonment.
What I found to be the best aspect of the book is the brilliant writing and masterfully crafted plot. B A Paris leaves no plot holes – with moments of ‘yeah but why doesn’t Grace just try this’ always resolved. I know that doesn’t make much sense; it’s difficult to talk about this without giving much away, but I will say that it is a book that I didn’t expect to enjoy. Those who have read my post on psychological thrillers will know I have a love-hate relationship with them right now, and always tend to expect the worst to avoid disappointment. Behind Closed Doors proved to me that there are thrillers out there worth reading.
Overall, I found Behind Closed Doors to be a very solid, creepy and suspenseful thriller, perhaps using tropes often forgotten about in the new wave of psychological thrillers we see so many of right now. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves proper thrillers, and doesn’t mind having to put it down to catch your breath every few chapters!