Audiobook Review: Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

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  • Title: Behind Closed Doors
  • Author: B. A. Paris
  • Format: Digital audiobook
  • Narrator: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hours, 23 minutes
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Year of Release: 2016
  • Trigger Warnings: Animal cruelty, psychological abuse, and murder
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Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Publisher’s Summary

The instant New York Times and USA Today best-selling debut psychological thriller you can’t miss! The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive…. A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” (Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Good Girl)

“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you…. Warning: brace yourself.” (Bustle: 10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer) “The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn’t waver.” (The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post)

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows. Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over and the front door has closed. From best-selling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

©2016 B. A. Paris (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

If you were to take my darkest fantasy about marriage, add in some drama, and turn it into a novel, you would get Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris. This psychological thriller had me riveted to my seat until the last haunting sentence.

Grace Angel appears to live an idyllic life. Her husband Jack works as a prosecutor who champions survivors of domestic violence, insuring that their abusers are severely punished. He loves her so much that it pains him to fathom his beautiful wife having to work, so she stays at home to garden, pursue hobbies like gourmet cooking, and read to her heart’s content. Appearances can be deceiving, and such is the case with Jack and Grace. Within the walls of their palatial mansion, Grace is living a nightmare filled with psychological torment and perpetual fear.

During a weekend at the park, Grace and her younger sister Millie, (who has Down Syndrome), meet Jack Angel, a man who seems too good to be true. He dotes on them both, exhibits charm, and quickly convinces Grace to marry him. It is only after saying “I do” that Grace realizes she has made a terrible mistake.

This book is told from Grace’s point of view, and deftly shifts between two narratives: the past and the present. Both storylines eventually collide, and B. A. Paris keeps the suspense high throughout the entire novel. Details which seem unimportant are hidden cleverly throughout the book, and I had to go back and reread parts of it to fully comprehend how things were masterfully woven together.

Georgia Maguire, who narrates this story, was an excellent choice for this book. I appreciated that she did not force her voice to become unnaturally low and gravelly. She captured the character of Jack’s voice by speaking in a low and menacing way. When accents were called for, such as when she read the role of a French hotel concierge, she was able to do so without any pretense. Listening to the story should not detract from the suspenseful experience, and indeed, may add to it.

If you are looking for a chilling domestic thriller that will make you grateful it’s only fiction, give this one a read.

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