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Newlyweds Jack and Grace Angel have what looks like the perfect marriage. Their luxurious Spring Eaton home is one of the finest in Surrey. Wealthy, successful, and beautiful, they're the perfect couple. Except that their gleaming facade is a gilded lie. Jack is a sadistic psychopath, Grace his terrified prisoner. Desperate to save her sister—a 17-year-old with Down Syndrome—from Jack's clutches, Grace must find a way to break free. But, how can she escape her personal Fort Knox? Will anyone believe her incredible claims about her refined lawyer husband? How can she save her sister when she can't even protect herself?
Behind Closed Doors, a debut novel by B.A. Paris, has been touted as "2016's Answer to Gone Girl" (Women's Health), a chilling psychological thriller that is "Amazing!", "Brilliant!", and "Unputdownable!" I agree that it's compelling; I had to keep reading just to find out how it would end. But amazing and brilliant? Meh. Not only does the plot lack depth and complexity, but it also gets a little absurd. Far-fetched. I prefer my psychological thrillers to take a subtler approach, surprising me with clever twists. Behind Closed Doors does not do this. The story is engrossing, there's no denying that. It's just not very original or satisfying overall. For me, it didn't live up to the hype it's been receiving. Not at all. Bummer, that.
If this were a movie, it would be rated:
for brief, mild language (no F-bombs); violence, and disturbing subject matter
To the FTC, with love: I received an ARC of Behind Closed Doors from the generous folks at St. Martin's Press. Thank you!