Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Rating: 4 stars
Jack and Grace are newlyweds who seemingly live the perfect life. Jack is a highly praised attorney who represents battered women and has never lost a case. Grace is his perfect wife who stays home throwing perfect dinner parties with their friends and taking care of her younger sister who has Down Syndrome and will come live with them after her 18th birthday. Jack and Grace are inseparable. Literally. Because if they were ever apart all of the perfectionism would immediately disappear after the truth of their marriage is revealed.
This is a psychological thriller that will probably stick with you a very long time. Jack is so completely in control of Grace’s every move. She is stuck with him performing to his wishes in order to try and save her sister Millie before it’s time for her to come live with them. She’s blackmailed into being his perfect wife while he keeps her under lock and key, never allowing her a chance to escape. The story is a page turner, but it also feels desperately hopeless. Jack is so prepared for every tiny thing Grace might do to try and save herself, it’s almost unbelievable. The fact that Grace never gives up hope is incredible in itself.
I picked up this book because I heard it talked about on a podcast where a lady questioned why someone would ever want to even write a book like this, let alone read it. Of course that piqued my curiosity enough to immediately read it! And I did enjoy it, for lack of a better word. It was fairly fascinating. And discouraging. But also perhaps hopeful? The ending was very clever and definitely worth hanging around for. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book if psychological thrillers are for you!