3.5 star, adult

Review: Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris


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. 

This one was a truly thrilling one – I had to stop so many times at the intense suspense I was feeling; definitely kudos to the author for being able to create the suspense through her writing!

Behind Closed Doors follows Grace, who seems to have the perfect life to the outside world. An insanely handsome husband, a huge house, a lot of money – what can only be described as perfect. But as we dive back between the present and the past (marked by the chapter), we quickly discover just what lies beneath the surface, behind closed doors. This novel does a great job at exploring how something that looks so perfect from the outside could be so twisted on the inside. Seriously chilling story!

Although this truly was one of the most chilling thrillers I have read in a while, the twists and the plot weren’t altogether too shocking for me. Actually the concept itself was quite unique, how the author pulled this story together – I guess it was only my experience with thrillers that allowed me to accidentally predict the plot. That being said, it’s impressive that this was so thrilling even with its predictability – I guess that speaks to just how twisted and frustrated I felt for Grace. It was definitely a well crafted story, most things explained well, and great foreshadowing and themes that made it feel like a cohesive story. The scariest part was how real it seemed, and how very possible it would be to face the same difficult choices with no right answer.

If you enjoy reading this kind of novel purely for the emotions it can make you feel and the tension it can create, this would definitely be the book for you. However, if you are the type who unconsciously (or consciously) likes to predict the plot and like things being completely unpredictable, this is not the book I would recommend. Overall I would say this book is well written, and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with it – though I may need a breather – you’ll see what I mean if you read it.

Overall Recommendations

Behind Closed Doors is a well crafted thriller novel that follows Grace as she navigates her “perfect” life. The things she must do to maintain her perfect image…lest what happens? A truly chilling story of a husband and wife that is seemingly perfect in all respects – except for what happens behind closed doors. My main gripe is that it was a bit predictable for me getting towards the end, but at least it still left me wondering how we would get to that point. A very exciting read indeed if you are looking for a truly chilling thriller novel to read!


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