Behind Closed Doors

Behind closed doors by B A Paris

Originality: ♥♥♥♥

Quality of Writing: ♥♥♥♥♥

Plot: ♥♥♥♥

Setting: ♥♥♥♥♥

Character: ♥♥♥♥♥

Overall: ♥♥♥♥♥


Behind closed doors is a domestic thriller that starts with a jolt. Jack and Grace are seen as the perfect couple, but as you can guess, not everything is perfect at all. In fact, nothing is perfect. Grace is emotionally and mentally abused by her control-freak husband. Worst of all, Jack is aware of what he is doing – because he loves fear and loves to cause pain. Grace and her downs-syndrome sister are his playthings, and fear is just one part of the game. Trapped in her beautiful but closed-up house, Grace’s imprisonment is pushed to the limits when Jack starts revealing his plans to lock up her sister in the red basement with paintings of abused and battered women. Grace knows that the clock is ticking, and that every second she wastes is a step closer to her sister’s future predicament. But how can she overcome a person that calculates her every move and break free from his grasp?

I thought this book was utterly terrifying. Some may argue that is far-fetched, but once someone is weakened so much, it is hard to think clearly. We are human, and weak humans find it hard to climb to the top than others. Jack is not just controlling, but he is also pure evil. He deliberately does these things because he likes the smell of fear. Grace used to be a bright and clever women who travelled to South America as part of a job, but once she married Jack, all that stopped. Now, she is locked away in the box room day and night, with silence and misery as her only companion. Occasionally Jack and Grace go to social dinner parties and host some of their own, and this is the only time Grace can get out of the house. Grace’s sister Millie has downs-syndrome, but she is sharp and sees through Jack’s charm. It is Millie who actually puts the plan to get rid of Jack in action.

I read this book in under three hours, I just refused to put it down until I knew there was a satisfying ending. I hated Jack with a passion. He did some truly terrible things which was hard to read at times, but I ploughed through because the suspense was hot! This is definitely not a book for the soft-hearted. Whilst at times it was sickening, Behind Closed Doors deserves a whopping five stars.


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