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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.
Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.
Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.
From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors. (Synopsis from Amazon)
If I had to describe BEHIND CLOSED DOORS as succinctly as possible, I’d say chilling.
B.A. Paris does a fine job of having Jack cover every eventuality. He, Grace, and their marriage are a perfect example of people seeing what they want to see, a key factor in the accomplishment of many crimes. It did cross my mind that in this day and age such a thing would be nigh impossible to pull off, but then a couple of fairly recent “impossible” cases sprang to mind, negating that. Also, there’s the time frame. Jack and Grace’s marriage covers a six month or so period. So, taking all this into account the impossible seems highly likely after all.
There’s a sense of wrongness from the beginning as Grace alternates between the past and present giving readers a complete picture of how and why she arrived where she is.
B.A. Paris evokes a quiet sense of menace, dread, and pure evil. There’s a calmness to Grace’s narrative that makes it more terrifying and propels you through the pages. Her determination regarding her sister’s wellbeing, intelligence, and indomitable spirit are character traits that got her where she was when Jack met her, and three powerful traits he failed to take into account. Millie and Grace are quite the pair. I confess to reading the last couple pages several times, and with a huge smile, that’s how satisfying it was.
If you prefer a devil that exists to the unearthly/supernatural kind that goes bump in the night, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is the book for you.