- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (July 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250132363
- ISBN-13: 978-1250132369
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4,630 customer reviews
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“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
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“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
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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.
A great story that starts you out slow and wondering what exactly is wrong with this perfect couple. I️ imagined the worse and its pretty close to that.
The story line is perfect just like the couple is portrayed until you find out Grace is married to a psychotic nightmare control freak.
No women wants to end up in Grace’s position, especially when she is a smart intelligent woman.
The ending is a little short but I️ love the fact that the tables get turned in the end. It’s just very scary to find out how easy Jack fools Grace right up until after she says “I️ do”.
You gotta love Mille, she may be intellectually disabled but she is extremely smart when it comes to this relationship.
How did you give 5 stars to this book, I'm amazed. All I can think is that due to my age I have read so many thrillers, mystery books that I have a better judgement than many. This book was grim. The characters were weak and the whole story was so far fetched that if it hadn't been so sick it would have been laughable. The main character wavers from being capable of being physically violent to being a doormat the size of a luxury hotel. Her mentally impaired sister has far more sense than she has and yet we are led to believe that she was a high class buyer. The whole tale is so improbable that although it's a story when we are quite willing to pass over an oddity here and there this was brimming with them. Can somebody tell me who cleaned this 4 bedroomed villa and who kept this garden looking a picture. There is no twist, her friends have forgotten her but hey ho here comes a woman that has met her so briefly exchanged only a few words with her and yet completely understand the situation that she was in. I will forgive that as the last chapter gave it the second star, the rest of the book was drivel.