Behind Closed Doors

Book: Behind Closed Doors
Author: B.A. Paris
Rating: ★★★★★

““The door opens and he stands in the doorway, my handsome, psychopathic husband.”


This book it amazing.

I devoured most of it in a day and then did everything I could to find time to read the last quarter of the book between teaching. I had to know what happened and, like, now.

Behind Closed Doors is a thrilling, thought provoking story that follows the tale of Grace, a woman that thinks she’s met the most amazing man in the world. He’s soon to be her doting husband and, as far as she’s concerned, her life couldn’t be any better.

Until it’s not perfect anymore.

One day, she wakes to find the life she saw on the horizon has been crumbled to pieces.

And her husband might not be what she pictured after all…

“We go downstairs and in the hall, he takes my coat from the cupboard and holds it open while I slip my arms into it. In the drive outside, he holds the car door for me and waits until I’m in. As he closes it behind me, I can’t help thinking it’s a shame he’s such a sadistic bastard, because he has wonderful manners.”

The storyline is terrifying – mainly because this could be happening to anyone that you know, or even a stranger who walks past you in the street, and you could be none the wiser. It is fast paced, full of details and, in the end, is a tale of just how important a true friend can be in your life.

Grace’s story was told between past and present chapters – something that I really enjoyed – and at the end it eventually married up with the present day for the big finale. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t call the ending, but the details of it I just couldn’t see coming right until the last few pages. Plus, there was just something insanely satisfying about the ending – I can’t decide what it is, but I just loved it.

A must read for anyone who loves a good thriller – this is definitely my favourite since The Girl on the Train (I’ve never read Gone Girl!).

“I cry even harder, thinking of how it could have been, of how I thought it would be. For the first time, I want to give up, to die, because suddenly everything is too much and there is no solution in sight.”