Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris

29th December 2016

What the publisher says:

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.

 

 

 

What I say:

 

I wasn’t sure what to make of this book as it had such mixed reviews.  On the one hand it was marketed as a thriller for those who loved “Girl on a Train” yet at the same time on Amazon there are many reviews pointing out flaws with the book. It was available as an offer to download onto my kindle though so I thought it was worth a try.

To some extent I do agree with the negative reviews on Amazon as at several points I was frustrated by how weak Grace was.  She was painted as a character so desperate not to upset Jack that she was actually quite annoying.  I find it hard to believe that she would not have been able to raise the alarm and get help for both herself and her sister who was also being threatened by Jack.  If her sister, who was being cared for at a special school, was to mention anything to anyone then I am sure safeguarding measures would have been put in place and the two of them would have been safe.

 

Despite that there is the essence of a good story here which would have been executed differently by a different writer.

 

Rating 2 out of 5

 

 

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