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Behind Closed Doors: A Novel Hardcover – August 9, 2016
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An August 2016 Best Books of the Month by Real Simple magazine
An August 2016 Indie Next pick and LibraryReads list pick
An August 2016 Book Club Pick by Popsugar: “Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train!”
As seen featured in The Skimm’s newsletter: “It’ll have you page turning ‘til the end.”
“If you’re hunting for a thriller to give you chills in August, look no further than this book, which is already a big hit in the U.K.” ―Real Simple magazine
“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you ― especially if you’re about to tie the knot. Paris’s thriller asks the question: ‘The perfect marriage or the perfect lie?’ Jack and Grace, the couple at the center of this totally enthralling novel, are so clearly not what they seem you’ll have no choice but to read and read and read until their darkest secrets are revealed. Warning: brace yourself.” ―Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)
“A gripping domestic thriller…the sense of believability and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.” ―The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post
“B.A. Paris takes the cliché about not knowing what goes on beyond closed doors to nightmarish place…. Each chapter escalates the tensions and stakes faced by Grace in the nightmare that is her new ‘perfect’ marriage to Jack.” ―Huffington Post
“Behind Closed Doors takes a classic tale to a whole new level…This was one of the best and [most] terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read…each chapter brings you further in, to the point where you feel how Grace must feel. The desperation, the feeling that no one will believe you and yet still wanting to fight because someone you care deeply about will get hurt.” ―San Francisco Book Review
“Paris grabs the reader from the beginning with a powerful and electrifying tale. Behind Closed Doors, a novel sure to make one's skin crawl, also reveals no one truly knows what does go on behind closed doors.”―New York Journal of Books
“This dark and twisted thriller will keep you on your toes and have you wondering exactly what goes on behind your neighbor’s door.”―Buzzfeed (“6 Thriller/Mystery Reads That Will Have You Sleeping With the Lights On”)
“Really freaking creepy. And really good. Until the end, which was an honest gasp and imaginary pearl clutching moment. Yes, that good. Reader, if you want to read the thriller that enthralled even this jaded soul, pick up Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris…. Then draw the blinds and turn off your phone because you will not want any interruptions.”― LitHub (“18 Books You Should Read This August”)
“Debut-novelist Paris adroitly toggles between the recent past and the present in building the suspense of Grace’s increasingly unbearable situation, as time becomes critical and her possible solutions narrow. This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“Making her smash debut, Paris [keeps] the suspense level high. In the same vein as Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, this is a can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“Newlyweds Grace and Jack Angel seem to lead a perfect life in British author Paris’s gripping debut, but appearances can be deceiving...Grace’s terror is contagious, and Millie’s impending peril creates a ticking clock that propels this claustrophobic cat-and-mouse tale toward its grisly, gratifying conclusion.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A frighteningly cool portrait of a serious sadist, Behind Closed Doors is a gripping, claustrophobia-inducing thriller... Read at the risk of running from every handsome British lawyer who crosses your path.” ―Romantic Times
“This book proves that looks are most definitely deceiving...Disturbing, to say the least, readers will definitely be shaken as the story commences and they become immediately absorbed. The writing was incredible, and the pace is quick, offering up too many chills to count...Behind Closed Doors screams: ‘Stay single!’” ―Suspense Magazine
“B.A. Paris’s debut, Behind Closed Doors, is a chilling confirmation of the adage that no one ever really knows what transpires in other people's private lives…. Paris has created one of the most heinous villains in recent memory, upon whom even the most pacifist of readers might wish torturous revenge. They’ll likely remain behind their own closed doors as they race through this thriller to see how, or if, the nightmare ends.” ―Shelf Awareness
"This book just has to be huge in 2016. I flew through it in two breathless sittings. Quite simply: astounding." ―S.J.I. Holliday, author of Black Wood
"This outstanding debut novel will leave you breathless." ―Bella
"This one is 2016's answer to Gone Girl. Nuff said." ―Women's Health UK
"It took me just an afternoon to read this book and by the end, my heart was pounding. If you like fast and frantic stories, you'll love this." ―The Sun
"Behind Closed Doors is an intriguing, sharply gripping debut thriller." ―Lovereading.co.uk
"An utterly compelling journey through the darker side of the human psyche. Your blood will run cold but you won't be able to stop reading, I promise you that." ―Sarah Harper, Lovereading reviewer
"This has been one of my best reads EVER and will be huge in 2016. Congratulations to B A Paris on a remarkable debut book." ―Shelley Bennett, The Book Club member
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author B. A. PARIS grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.
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The story flips between the past and the present. The past describes how the couple met and how their relationship evolved. The present deals with how Grace is trying to cope with the structure of their marriage and preparing for Millie to move in.
I don't want to give too much away but the abuse is horrific. It's not really physical but the mental and behavior treatment made me sick to my stomach. I have enjoyed books with violence but this, without any real gore, was beyond my ability to cope. I could not believe the evilness of it and I couldn't shake it. It is awful that it is rattling in my head. I wish there was a new [book:The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency|7061] but there's not. I will settle for a Hamish Macbeth.
I gave it two stars because it is well written and does keep you on the edge of your seat. There was a lot of improbabilities in it but it kept you reading. For me it was awful. If I was not reading it to review I would not have finished it. I would not recommend it to anyone.
This is like a really bad Lifetime TV movie. Characters poorly written and the plot totally predictable.
I love a good psychological thriller, but as popular as they are these days, a good one is hard to come by. The genre seems to have been taken over by abused women stories that do nothing to clarify understanding of the issue---while all being breathlessly compared to "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train"---two books that whether you liked them or not at least provided more than one layer vs. stories so thin you can see thru them.
The writing is workmanlike. I can imagine the author filling in the words between her plot bullet points efficiently, in order, with no interesting thoughts, reflections or unexpected insight to anything in the story.
That is the question that Grace asks herself periodically since marrying Jack, her knight in shining armor.
Grace and Jack are the perfect couple, living in a perfect house, eating perfect meals and always have the perfect answers. However, no one can truly be THAT perfect, can they? That is the question that Esther asks upon entering their home for a dinner party. Surely no one can be that poise, that happy and that “in love”.
When Esther finds out that Grace does not have her own phone, or her own email address, and that she continuously cancels plans with their mutual friend Diane, Esther grows suspicious of just how perfect Grace and Jacks lives are.
The book proves more than anything that where there’s a will, there is a way.
Throughout the story, you definitely felt your skin crawl at times that left you wondering if something like this was truly capable of being reality.
Throughout the book I would find small exerts that would make me wonder if it was still written by the same person due to the drastic change between a captivating adult suspense novel and something that I can best describe as a young adult novel for someone in grades 8-10. Whilst that definitely caught me off guard and sometimes made me wonder which direction this book was heading, I’m glad I hung in there because the last 2 pages blew my mind. The last few lines especially.
It was a very quick and easy read that I would recommend to anyone that doesn’t hate domestic thrillers.