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

I’ve had this book in my possession for a while, but after seeing a lot of my Goodreads friends reading and enjoying it I finally picked it up. I have to say, it was an enjoyable read. It had that addictive quality to it that made you feel like you had to keep reading. I  NEEDED to find out what happens next.

Without giving too much away, this book is about a couple (Jack and Grace) who appear to be perfect, happy and loving on the outside, but are actually nothing but. The story is told in alternating chapters from the past and present, showing how they got together and their relationship now.

When I think about what I would change about this book, the first thing I think of is that some of the characterization could have been better. When you try to portray people as being evil, I think it is easy to overdo it and fall into caricature territory. This book suffered from that a bit, in my opinion.

I’m pretty picky when it comes to thrillers, so I thought this one was just alright overall. I think this book had a really great premise and the potential to go to a really dark and psychological place, but for me, it was all just sort of surface-level horror.

The journey to the climax of the story was paced really well, but the actual climax was “meh” for me. Certain aspects of the ending were very predictable, but at the same time, still satisfying. I felt good when I turned that last page.

Behind Closed Doors was actually released in the UK first and it was a pretty big hit over there. I can see why people would enjoy this book, so if you are looking for a thriller I wouldn’t steer you away from this one. I do think there are better ones out there, but this one isn’t so bad!

3 Stars!

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*This book was sent to me unsolicited by St. Martin’s Press. All thoughts shared in this review are my own.


Title: Behind Closed Doors
Author: B.A. Paris
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Pages: 304
Find On: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis:
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?

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3 thoughts on “Book Review | Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

  1. Great review. I had similar thoughts about this book. It was sick and twisted but not as suspenseful and exciting as I was hoping. I need to write me review. I finished this book a couple of weeks ago.

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