Behind Closed Doors: The gripping, shocking, million-copy and international bestselling psychological thriller from the author of The Dilemma. Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : February 11, 2016
- Print Length : 354 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- File Size : 2403 KB
- Publisher : HQ (February 11, 2016)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B013L2OBEE
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #202,025 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
The characters were flat, I felt like the story was spoon fed to me rather than it actually happening, and what was psychological or thrilling about it? We knew who the bad guy was and why he was the way he was. Nothing surprising at all.
I found it very similar to other books and movies I've read and seen. There was no twisty ending or saving reveal, it simply after attempting (and failing) to build suspense, ended abruptly. Maybe, I've become jaded after reading so many great books but this one was not in any way remarkable. It was not the next "Gone Girl" nor "Girl On The Train". I really think hyping a book like this just makes you that more disappointed when it fails. I mean seriously, have you read a book that was hyped as the next "Harry Potter" and been blown away? No, and I doubt we ever will. That's why these books are so unique. There is nothing out there comparable.
If I'd read this 30 years ago before I'd experienced the thousands of books I've read since, it probably would have rated a bit higher but there was simply nothing that was new nor twisty to this story at all. The only saving grace is I bought it used and can pass it on to someone else who thinks it's going to be the next "it" book based on the reviews.
the author's experience/research was sadly lacking on the pomegranate front but that did not affect the story line. I don't want to give anything away but the author set up an interesting situation and the resolution was very interesting. I read this for book group and it was one of the liveliest discussions we have ever had.
Top reviews from other countries
While I would like to believe that the disgusting behaviour of Grace's husband is an extreme version of such situations, I appreciated that Paris chose to focus on psychological abuse rather than physical as this is a torture often overlooked in society.
Grace is essentially her husband's prisoner and he is a vile, sadistic and evil man. Paris' writing is so effective at times, I felt nauseous over his character's actions. Grace's sister Millie has downs syndrome and Jack (the antagonist) makes no secret of the fact that he intends to abuse her physically as well as mentally and emotionally. My cousin has downs syndrome so this but a particular nerve with me. This character is just evil.
I found myself unable to stop myself from reading on, even as the clock approached 3am on a work night! Truly gripping! While you know how the story is going to turn out, you find yourself rooting for Grace so much, in despair at her horrific situation, that you must be with her every step of the way.
An enjoyable read!
As for the end, looking back, I can say it is quite unbelievable. Surely the police would have noticed certain oddities (don't want to give the plot away) of the house and the strange circumstances of the death?
It was a great idea for a story but poor research, characterisation and plotting means it does not live up to its expectations.