“Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie. ”
Published in 2016, Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris follows married couple Jack and Grace who are the envy of everybody they meet. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better, but it’s difficult because you realise that Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.
Behind Closed Doors is a book that I have really been looking forward to after seeing so many 5-star reviews for it over the years, so I was really excited to finally pick it up this month.
Full of big shocks and a chilling suspense, I could instantly see why so many people rave about this book. I didn’t often put it down as it’s a quick and thoroughly entertaining read that is easy to get through, but I was so desperate to pick it back up again whenever I did. I could still feel the tension between Jack and Grace when I wasn’t reading, so it’s safe to say that this book had me well and truly hooked.
Published over five years ago now, I have read a lot of similar stories over that time so I did predict some of the initial revelations. But this in no way deterred my enjoyment of it as I was still desperate to see how things would develop. And while I have read quite a lot of books with similar premises, Jack and Grace’s situation is definitely one of the darkest, and I couldn’t stop thinking about where the story would go next.
But I’m still not sure how I feel about this book completely, as there’s one thing that stopped me from being able to jump on the 5-star-giving bandwagon. And that’s because I was so excited for an explosive conclusion, but the book’s format ruined my anticipation of what was to come. Because it jumps between past and present, the way these two stories catch up with each other means that you know what’s going to happen, so the excitement just died for me in those final chapters. However, I absolutely loved the final page, but I’m just not sure that it made it up for me.
On a whole, my experience of this book is a brilliant one and I definitely think that I will forgive its single flaw when I give it the chance. But for now, there’s that one small thing stopping me from adding it to my favourites list, although it’s certainly hovering very closely.