Jack and Grace are the perfect couple... or at least they appear to be.
They look amazing together, host elaborate dinner parties, finish each other's sentances and dissappear away on romantic exotic holidays.
But Grace is never seen alone, she always cancels plans and she never answers the phone. What is going on behind the front door of their perfect home?
This book is a tricky one to review. It is really dark and twisted - which is usually right up my street but It really got under my skin, to the point where I had full blown nightmares 3 nights running (I've not experienced this since I was a teenager reading The Bad Place by Dean Koontz). So clearly the author hit a nerve and with subject matter this distrurbing it would be hard not to feel affected by the storyline. But it wasn't quite the book it should have been. I can't quite put my finger on why but I think it was character development - I never really felt a connection to Grace and that stopped me from properly engaging with the book. Millie's character was the complete opposite though - I almost feel like I actually know her, and all of my angst, worry and fear throughout the book was for her. The less said about Jack the better really, I'm not sure it would be possible to meet a more despicable, scary character. Hats off to B.A.Paris for scaring the wits out of me, I'll never look at a happy couple quite the same way ever again.
But what about the ending? Afterall that is the measure of a good thriller. Well without saying too much It was a relief to finish the book and It was the ending I expected (and was hoping for) so yes, it ran the predictable yet satisfying route. Prior to reading this book I read Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbot which has a similar theme but not quite as twisted. It was definitely a more sophisticated read with an excellent storyline which just kept you guessing right up to the last page.
So if you are looking for a proper scare definitely give Behind Closed Doors a try
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