Published by Mira
ebook and paperback – 11 February 2016
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. Though, 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.
The Twitter hashtag for this book is #StaySingle. After reading this story, you will understand why.
They have only been married for a few months but Grace and Jack Angel appear to be the perfect couple. Jack is good looking and a successful lawyer who fights for the victims of domestic abuse. They have an enviable lifestyle and Grace has been able to give up her career and devote her time to looking after Jack in the beautiful house he has designed and had built for her. Anybody watching them would believe them to be madly in love, always together, always holding hands. To add to his perfection, Jack has taken Millie, Grace’s younger sister who has Down’s Syndrome to his heart and is embracing the idea of having her live with them once her time at a residential school comes to an end. They are the envy of their friends.
But behind closed doors…….
This is one of those books that will make you gasp. It is so terrifyingly realistic with mind games, clever manipulation and the thought processes in place to ensure always being one step ahead. The reader does not have to suspend disbelief here, it’s not beyond the possibility that this could actually be someone’s relationship! The chapters, told by Grace, flit between past and present and with each new revelation there were times when I was actually scared to read on.
I’m not going to go into any detail about the story – you need to discover this for yourself. It might make difficult reading for some but if you like your psychological thrillers dark and twisted then this is the book for you.
It’s disturbing, chilling, gripping and totally addictive – everything I look for in a thriller. Behind Closed Doors is the author’s debut novel and deserves to be THE thriller of 2016. It’s certainly a contender for inclusion in my top books of the year.
At the time of publishing this post, it can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK – the download being just 99p. An absolute bargain!
My thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via Netgalley.
About the author:
B. A. Paris is from a Franco/Irish background. She was brought up in England and moved to France where she spent some years working as a trader in an international bank before re-training as a teacher and setting up a language school with her husband. They still live in France and have five daughters.
This is her first novel.