Sunday, 24 January 2016
Review by Annette Hannah of "Behind Closed Doors" by B A Paris
(This was review was originally published on Sincerely Book Angels here).
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.
One word, "Wow": this is the most fast paced psychological thriller I have ever read. The narrative races along and gives you a feeling of foreboding and absolute terror at what awaits Grace and her sister Millie who has Down's syndrome.
To all their friends Grace and Jack have the perfect life, they have a beautiful house, fancy holidays and they are completely in love with each other and everyone thinks Jack is so kind for offering to let Millie live with them but what goes on behind closed doors is another matter.
Jack is in complete control of Grace's life and he has every corner covered. Grace knows that time is running out and soon her sister finishes school and comes to live with them for good and then she knows there will be no escape. New friend Esther seems suspicious of their relationship but if Grace lets anything slip then she will be punished beyond belief and so will Millie.
This book was thrilling and scary and in fact I was actually scared to go to the loo on my own and my heart was still racing for a while after I'd finished reading it. There were some lovely moments when describing the relationships between Grace and Millie. It portrayed Millie's personality very sensitively which I thought was lovely and she was a brilliant character.
A gripping thriller that will ensure you will not want to put this book down, I have never rooted so much for a murderer to come out on top. I have just watched Room which was brilliant and I think this is on a par with that.
About the reviewer
Annette Hannah is married with three children. Originally from Liverpool now living in Hertfordshire. She has been blogging for almost a year and loving it; through blogging she has managed to meet lots of her favourite authors and lots of lovely blogger people too. Her blog is Sincerely Book Angels.