Review: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B. A. Paris

Review: BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B. A. ParisBehind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 9th 2016
Pages: 336
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Psychological, Suspense
ARC provided by BEA 2016, St. Martin's Press

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Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: 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 realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.
Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace's friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn't Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?
And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie??

Reading time 2 mins

This story was a bit horrifying. Grace and Jack look like the perfect couple. They have the perfect home. The throw the perfect parties with elegant homemade meals. Grace looks perfect and she is so devoted to her husband and home. Jack and Grace are also inseparable. Jack is ruggedly handsome and works hard as a lawyer to provide them the perfect life. They don’t have children yet, but soon Millie will come to live with them. Jack has opened their home to Millie, Grace’s little sister who has down syndrome. It all seems perfect. Only Grace knows the horror of what happens behind closed doors.

How much do we really know about our neighbor’s lives? That’s the question this book poses for us. Things are not always as they seem. Sometimes what looks perfect is only a facade. In only Grace’s POV, we see the reality of life with Jack. Not everything is as perfect as it seems.

I liked Grace. I felt her fear and loathing in this story. She is smart, but not too smart. As she is being constantly outwitted, I felt her frustration. It seems the author thought of everything I thought of, way before I thought of it. Grace is lovingly attached to her little sister Millie. Her devotion to Millie was admirable. Millie is all she really has. Grace’s devotion to Millie is what kept her single for so long, and it is the catapult to her situation with Jack.

At first Grace is really hard to understand. This story starts in the present and then flips between past and present. That’s the only problem I had with this story. I mean, why would anyone do what Grace does? The author carefully lays Grace in this trap. I couldn’t look away. By the ending, I felt I understood how Grace got to where she was in the beginning. It took a minute to get there though, and I wonder how dedicated readers will be to seeing how Grace got duped. She didn’t really have a choice.

The pacing in this a little slow to start. I actually did enjoy the build up, I think the shift from past to present was smooth. The characters were well described, as were the scenes. I could clearly picture what was going on. For a debut author this was an incredible thriller. The ending was perfect. So perfect. I will definitely be watching out for this author.

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About B. A. Paris

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.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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Mother, Lover, Writer, Reviewer, Social Media Princess. Karen has been a blogger since 2010. She is a US Army veteran, a medical professional, and the mother of four. Karen is the owner of That Book Store llc. She reviews books and shares mind vomit for this blog in her 'spare' time. Karen lives in New England.


  1. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    August 1, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

    I have this one to get to soon. It sounds really intriguing! I will have to remember that it starts slow but is worth it. Great review!
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  2. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy August 1, 2016 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a fascinating thriller! With so many layers. I’m glad this was a great read for you, I’m going to look it up!

  3. czai August 2, 2016 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I’ve been seeing this book a lot lately and it sounds really like my type of read. I’m a big fan of psychological-thriller reads!! I also love the sound of shifting time frame. Makes things more thrilling!! Great review! 😀
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  4. Olivia Roach August 14, 2016 at 8:29 am - Reply

    That’s actually a very chilling question. Because as we see the neighbours ambling around everyday, no one really knows what goes on in a person’s house. This one sounds as if at times it can get a tad confusing, but that it was dark and still a very good read nonetheless.
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  5. Criss Dimla August 14, 2016 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    It’s been a while since I’ve read a thriller book, I would pretty much read this soon. Thanks for sharing your review, it’s a big help for us readers to know whatvtobread next.

  6. techeditor August 16, 2016 at 11:21 am - Reply

    I was already interested in this book. But I’m not happy to hear it’s slow to start. I want a book to grab me right away.

    • Karen Blue
      August 16, 2016 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      I too like a book to grab me right away. By the start of the second chapter I knew I wouldn’t be able to leave this book alone.

  7. Alecia August 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I’m definitely intrigued by this thriller of a story involving Jack and Grace and their seemingly perfect lives. It goes to show we really don’t know someone behind closed doors. I like how we get a glimpse into their real lives once Millie starts to live with them and I’m glad to hear theirs an admirable sister bond between Millie and Grace as I absolutely adore close sibling bonds in books. Great review, Karen!

    • Karen Blue
      August 26, 2016 at 7:27 am - Reply

      Oh Millie doesn’t actually start to live with them, they are making preparations throughout the story for that to happen though. I really liked this story.

  8. Debbie (@DebbieK427) August 27, 2016 at 12:01 am - Reply

    I’ve seen this one pop a few times over the bookish community and with mostly positive praise so that’s always a good sign but after reading the synopsis I was even more eager to read this mystery/thriller novel! It sounds like it’s a very chilling story and a total mind f*ck but I’m all for it! Can’t wait to check this one out!

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