Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Source: Purchased
Audiobook, 8+ hrs
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Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, narrated by Georgia Maguire, is about appearances, told in snatches between the past and present. Jack and Grace have the outwardly perfect marriage, even after a hasty courtship. Jack Angel is the perfect gentlemen, who moves easily within society and displays outward kindness toward even the disabled. Grace is an independent woman whose parents never wanted children, and after having two, they are ready to move to New Zealand and leave them behind. Even as Grace has had relationships in the past, she’s always put her sister, Millie, first because she knows that she will have to care for her in the absence of their parents.

Paris has created a fantastic, psychological thriller in which the reader is as terrified as the protagonist. Even before the conversation between Jack and Grace after their marriage, readers are fully aware that something in their relationship is not right. Jack hovers too much, he answers uncomfortable questions just a little too quickly, and he creates believable, yet oddball solutions to problems.

He is calculating and cold, and Grace is terrified with a perfect veneer of sereneness. She evolves from panicked to resigned and patient. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, narrated by Georgia Maguire, is narrated superbly and terrifyingly. Readers are likely to be hooked from the first page into the spiraling disaster of this “perfect” marriage. This one will keep you up at night.

RATING: Quatrain

About the 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.

  • Mystica

    I’ve heard positive stuff re this book. Sounds good

  • kay

    I added this to my shelves recently but have yet to read it. From your review it sounds creepy, perfect for the season! I think I’ll get to it soon!

    • I think it would be a good fall RIP read

      • kay

        I ended up starting it yesterday and I’m already half-through it. I agree, perfect read for the RIP! It’s uncomfortable to read yet so gripping.

        • I’m so glad you’re enjoying it…maybe that’s not the right word. LOL

          • kay

            I just finished it and yes, enjoy might not have been the word lol! This book gave me such anxiety! It was really perfect for the RIP season I have to say, it was done well.

          • I’m so glad you found it as compelling as I did!

  • Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

    Ooh, this sounds really good!

  • Suko http://www.sukosnotebook

    Serena, this sounds very suspenseful! I will definitely keep it in mind.

  • iliana

    Great review! I read this one too and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to more from this author!

  • Ti Reed

    I really enjoyed this one. It was suspenseful and I could not wait to get back to it. I read it only at lunch and it was making me crazy.

  • Gayle Weiswasser

    I found this unbearably suspenseful! I can’t imagine doing it on audio. I think I would have had an anxiety attack.

  • bermudaonion(Kathy)

    I was certainly hooked from the first page. I loved this book!