This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Behind Closed Doors
Summary: 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?
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
So, I did get this book back in 2016 and for whatever reason, I took my sweet time to read it. It was quite buzzed about and while my Twitter buds were careful to not reveal too much about the book- I thought I had it figured out.
And I did. Kinda. But the truth is…. When you figure out what’s happening- its SO much worse than what you can think.
This book brought forth a lot of feelings like Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter did for me.
I know there is evil in the world. I know there are people who have darkness in their soul. I watch the news, I watch Criminal Minds, I KNOW that it’s out there. But it’s always out there… like way over there. When I read books like this, I’m bringing it closer to me and I feel.. sick. And yet- I can’t turn away because I must know how the book ends. I have to know that somehow good triumphs evil because that is how I can read these dark books.
What I liked:
The cover. Hints at so much darkness.
How the story is laid out- the alternating chapters of past and present.
What irked me:
The parents. Gah, how selfish they were. I’m not saying this could have been avoided if they had just thought about others instead of their own selfish needs, BUT they could have at least put up some effort.
Some of the people that Grace interacted with at dinner parties. There were clues that they could have picked up on for gosh sake!
Bottom line: This is not a book for the faint of heart. It truly isn’t. I was gripped, but I was also sick at some of the things that was revealed. It is a good book but be prepared for the dark places this book will take you.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T
12 thoughts on “Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris”
It was a good but disturbing book.
You summed it up. Good, but disturbing!!!!
Great review… and I was saddened that New Zealand was used as an excuse for the parents’ non-involvement. I mean, it’s far away but it’s still on planet Earth, y’know?
But gripping read!!!!
Those parents REALLY annoyed me. Like UGH!
It’s so creepy!
Oh goodness, I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this one. I read one I thought was good but disturbing and the author totally left the ending hanging. That hope I held throughout the book was dangling and I thought there was plenty of evil in it too. It totally ticked me off that the book didn’t resolve, to me its the reason we endure the darkness of these books. Thanks for the review!
This is disturbing, but the ending does not leave you hanging! 🙂
I agree with you and Elizabeth!
I was just almost sick at times as I turned pages. And yet=- I HAD to know how it ended!
Totally disturbing and I was irked at the same issues. I didn’t find the characters were likable (except for Millie) or well drawn. It was an okay read for me but I much preferred Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door.
Millie was great! I haven’t read The Couple Next Door yet, but will see if my library can get it for me!