Happy last day of September! Apparently, this month has been all about psychological thrillers set in London so without further ado, here’s my review of Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris.
I picked up Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris simply because it was the September pick for my book club. While I wasn’t able to make it to this month’s meeting, I was able to carve out the time to read this absolutely spectacular psychological thriller. In this novel, Jack and Grace Angel are seemingly the perfect couple. Jack is a defense attorney who specializes in defending battered women and Grace is a flawless homemaker. They have a beautiful home in the English countryside and consistently have lavish dinner parties with their friends. While the inseparable nature of Jack and Grace’s relationship may seem loving at first glance, the truth of what goes on behind closed doors is unbelievably terrifying.
The tone that Paris sets immediately and carries throughout the novel is masterful. For the portions of the novel that the reader is still in the dark about the nature of Jack and Grace’s relationship, the language that Paris uses puts the reader completely on edge. All the red flags of an abusive relationship are there, yet is virtually impossible to foresee exactly what transpires throughout the rest of the novel. Furthermore, the flawless double entendres that Jack speaks in in order to keep up appearances and terrify Grace simultaneously speaks to Paris’ incredible literary talent.
The character development of Jack, Grace, and her sister Mille is phenomenal. The stark contrast between the facade that Jack and Grace put forth and the reality of their relationship is perfectly portrayed. Moreover, I cannot even find the words to express how grateful that every female character in this novel is portrayed as a smart, strong woman. With subjects such as domestic violence and special needs some authors tend to overdo the victim aspect of DV or allow a person’s disability to define them which is very frustrating and frankly unacceptable in my opinion. However, Paris absolutely nails it. Grace’s fighting spirit doesn’t waver for a moment and her love for her sister Millie is inspiring. Furthermore, Millie’s radiant personality and quick wit are rightfully at the forefront, rather than her Down’s syndrome.
Ultimately, I am so in love with this book. I absolutely devoured this book and have spent the last few days encouraging everyone around me to pick it up and start reading immediately. Frankly, if you thought Gone Girl was good, this is even better.
5 out of 5 stars