For all appearances, Jack and Grace are the perfect couple with the perfect marriage. This is the perfect lie. When Grace met Jack, he seemed too good to be true. He was. Page after page reveals just how far from good Jack is. This was a book the subject matter of which was difficult to read at times, but nothing could tear me away until I knew how it ended. I have to say, the antagonist did not terrify me in the way I thought he might; it was the situation he placed the main character in that did. I had my moments of “Why don’t you just…” and “Can’t you try…” and “Just do this…” – but then she would, and then she’d try, and then she did. And it was all in vain. I think there’s a different kind of fight to put up when you have nothing to lose and when you have someone you’re fighting for. Because of Grace’s love for her little sister, her options were very limited. And speaking of her little sister, Millie was quite the scene-stealer and easily my favorite character. The clock is counting down and Grace knows she only has one chance left before her nightmare becomes someone else’s.
Behind Closed Doors was a fast read and an intriguing debut from B.A. Paris. Though it is being touted as the next *insert 2012’s best-selling thriller that shall not be named here* – as is every psychological thriller that has since followed it – this is not that book. It doesn’t need any comparison; it does just fine on its own. Creepy, thrilling, and will definitely have you side-eyeing your significant other!
A huge thank-you to the publisher for sending this book in exchange for my honest review.