Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Title - Behind Closed Doors
Author - B.A. Paris
Publication Date - February 11th 2016
Publisher - MIRA
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via publisher via NetGalley)
Pages - 384

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

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 and Grace 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 the bedroom windows.

Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris was incredible. This was a novel that had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Edgy, sharp, treacherous and dark, I will be highly surprised if I don't see this book rising up amongst some of the most brilliantly compelling thrillers of 2016. Behind Closed Doors has it all. That endless piece of thread that you follow, hoping all the while that what you're thinking in your head is correct, but knowing at the same time that it's not going to be. That the author, somehow, is going to lead you completely astray and bend and warp their story in a whole new way. Brilliantly written, highly captivating and drenched in danger, I really can't recommend this novel enough.

Throughout the entirety of reading Behind Closed Doors, I felt this strange sense of unease. I couldn't put my finger on what it was that had me feeling this way, but it was quite clear that something wasn't quite right. In a world where people strive for perfection, Jack and Grace, at first glance, seemed to have it all. The looks, the money, the impressive home... As the author delivered her descriptions of this flawless couple to me, only one thing remained in my mind. It's just got to be too good to be true. I understand that from the blurb, the reader is given a vague idea of things being out-of-sorts, but this mystery of Jack and Grace is emphasised upon so much more within the novel itself. B.A. Paris begins Behind Closed Doors superbly. Serene surroundings, an elegant dinner party, and Jack and Grace playing the perfect hosts to their guests, but while all this is going on, B.A. Paris ensures that there's just the right amount of danger simmering beneath the shiny surface. Small hints and Grace's internal dialogue begin to reveal a different side to the picture-perfect scenario B.A. Paris gives the reader, and it isn't long before the truth begins to rear it's very gruesome head...

Switching between the past and present, B.A. Paris takes us on a shocking journey, beginning at the very moment Jack stepped into the picture, during an outing at the park. It took me by surprise, how very charming Jack was, and it seemed to take Grace by surprise too. I think this added so much to Grace's character. She's a humble woman, doesn't expect too much of herself, and so when Jack enters to the scene, she can hardly believe that she's been so lucky as to catch such a man's eye. The fact that Grace doesn't seem to understand exactly how she's ended up with him added a sense of power to Jack's character that I didn't take to, too much. I felt like there was something too perfect about him, and Grace's disbelief at having landed such a catch only went to highlight this further. Both characters were fantastically developed, and by the end of this novel I felt that I knew them inside out, and back to front. There's light and dark to everybody, but occasionally, more dark than usual is allowed to slip in, and that's when the danger heightens.

The past begins to catch up with the present at one point in the story, and let me tell you something, it was amazing. My heart was thumping in my chest, my breathing halted, and I couldn't read the words quick enough. My eyes were skittering all over the page, and I had to keep telling myself to slow down, so as not to ruin it for myself. But it was impossible not to hurry myself along! The tension was high, the characters at a major moment in the plot, and my restrain was non-existent. At this point, I'd been told all about Jack and Grace, the truth behind their marriage, the evilness that hid just around the edges, and I was shocked to my very core. I just could not believe it.

It's been a long time since a novel had this much of an effect on me. Powerful, all-consuming, twisted and not-at-all predictable, I'd recommend this to any readers who love a thrilling, punchy and addictive story that keeps a hold on you right the way through. Becca's Books is awarding Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris with five cupcakes. I would read this again in a heartbeat. It was BRILLIANT.


1 comment :

  1. Thanks for the review. I've added this title to my TBR!