Narrator: Georgia Maguire
Published by Macmillan Audio on 09 August 2016
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Suspense
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The instant New York Times and USA Today bestselling debut psychological thriller you can't miss!
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 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
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.
©2016 B. A. Paris (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
I almost had to stop reading this. Almost!
I read horror on an almost daily basis. What this has that many horrors do not is a plot that is right in your face. Grace knows what is going on, almost from the very beginning and so does the reader. The knowledge makes this worse.
There are some minor spoilers due to the way this is written and writing a review on this thriller is difficult! It is so terrifying and there seemingly is no way for Grace to do anything to get back at her captor. He even allows her to make choices but when she makes the wrong ones, he simply takes something away. He treats her like a petulant child that is being naughty and if that were it, maybe it would not be that great of a story, but it gets so much deeper.
The timing jumps back and froth from past to today and back again, over and over. At first I wondered why but what this does is allows the reader to see little clues of what Grace is doing, or has done from step one. It’s completely terrible and horrifying to know that Jack had all the bases covered and Grace didn’t even know they were playing baseball. He had it all set in motion from day one which means that although Grace learns more and more about Jack, she is always a step behind.
The reason I wanted to put this down was because I had a hard time sticking with this plot. I loved it, don’t get me wrong, but the horror of it all made me want to step away, or get through it fast. Grace goes through so much and the entire story is about a year and a half.
I listened to this one and the audio was fantastic. The narrator, Georgia Maguire, did a lovely job of portraying a woman first, that is shocked and appalled, but then dejected. This character is so strong and Jack just beats it out of her, although not literally. He is too conniving to actually leave a mark on her. I listened at a faster speed than normal so I could get through it faster. There are a lot of pauses and even at 1.5 there were breaks. Nothing to take away from the thrill of the story, actually I used them as breathers. A second or two here and there to just hope that Grace was going to be able to outsmart Jack. I could listen to Georgia’s beautiful voice all day long. She was like a balm for this horrific ordeal.
In short: This book is horrible but fabulous. If you can deal with the subject matter, it is definitely a good read. You’ll want to get to the end if you pick this up.
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