Thursday, 28 January 2016

Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Publisher: Mira UK
Release date: 11 February 2016
Rating: *****
Back cover blurb: Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.You’d like to get to know Grace better.But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack andGrace are never apart.Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of their bedroom windows. Sometimes the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

Grace and Jack Angel have the perfect marriage.

They have a beautiful home, they have money, and they have each other; Grace with her elegance and Jack with his film star good looks and excellent job as a lawyer. They frequently holiday abroad and are looking forward to Grace’s sister, Millie coming live with them when she leaves her special school (she has Down’s syndrome) at the age of Eighteen.

Their lives are so perfect that at dinner parties they are often asked to recount the tale of how they met, in a park whilst Grace was looking after Millie.

Jack voices his delight at meeting Grace and Millie, how he has been looking for a woman like Grace for so long. Grace in turn voices her good fortune at meeting Jack, a beautiful near perfect man, and about how lucky she is to have found someone willing to take on Millie.

But from the outset of the novel there is something in Grace’s tone (she is the sole protagonist of this novel) that makes you wonder if things are not quite as they seem.

Grace’s story is told in alternate chapters, one from the present, one from the past and so on. We learn the reality of how the couple met, married and honeymooned in a very short space of time, and how Grace’s life is so very different from the one that she portrays to the outside world.

Without giving too much away, this novel is one of the most chilling psychological thrillers I have read in a long time, and the author does a brilliant job of making the unthinkable so readable.

This is set to be one of the books of 2016.

I urge you to read a copy as soon as you can, you will not be disappointed.

Behind Closed Doors is available from 11 February 2016.
You can pre-order it now via Amazon online.
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Thank you to the publishers who invited me to view this novel via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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