Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

Book - 2016
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The friends of a seemingly perfect socialite couple begin to see cracks in the facade when they realize that the husband and wife are never apart and that there are bars on one of their upstairs windows.

McMillan Palgrave


The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl

This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —Booklist (starred review)

"A can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)

The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.” —The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post

This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.” —San Francisco Book Review

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

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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. Herfriends 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??" --
The friends of a seemingly perfect socialite couple begin to see cracks in the faðcade when they realize that the husband and wife are never apart and that there are bars on one of the couple's upstairs windows.

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250121004
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 08, 2018

He has looks and wealth...she has charm and elegance...Jack and Grace seem to be the
perfect couple and have the perfect marriage but not everything is what it seems...dark...
twisted...psychological thriller

Mar 03, 2018

Read this book in 2 days
Honestly keeps you on the edge of your seat

Feb 17, 2018

Excellent finish! Recommended for readers who think this sentence is much too long and descriptive.

Feb 08, 2018

I agree with a lot of the other comments. I felt anxious the whole time I read this book, but had to finish it because it HAD to finish better... the abuse, the animal cruelty, the prospect of abuse towards the disabled. This book sucked. Gave me nightmares.

Dec 04, 2017

There is enough animal abuse in the real world that it takes a real loser to decide to make some up. Horrible author and book.

Oct 30, 2017

While I understand there are relationships in the real world parallel to this story, I could NOT continue. For anyone who has triggers around abuse of innocence and animals, PICK A DIFFERENT BOOK.

Oct 19, 2017

This story of abuse about the supposedly 'perfect couple', but people don't know what happens when no one is looking. However predictable, the book is exciting and to me resembles 'The Girl on the Train' a lot. I liked it but it isn't thought-provoking.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 09, 2017

I loved this book!! It was different and uncomfortable. We have all been in love and have given up things blindly. This is falling in love gone wrong. The British language added to the intrigue.

JCLCourtneyS Sep 09, 2017

The first part of this book made me feel so frustrated and uncomfortable, both about the way Jack treats Grace as well as about the actions of Grace herself, which are something like the bad-marriage equivalent of going down to the basement alone with no flashlight in a horror movie. I didn't want to keep reading but I still felt compelled to do so, so I could see how the story ended.

Aug 18, 2017

This is another book about a man controlling and abusing a woman. Absolute trash. Don't waste your time

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Apr 15, 2017

Interesting story line but somewhat predictable.


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