Book Review – Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

by Maryse on September 15, 2016 · 13 comments

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Behind Closed Doors: The most emotional and intriguing psychological suspense thriller you can’t put down

QUICK NOTE!!! For those that love going into a psych-thriller blind (or by the blurb alone) stop reading the review, and instead, READ THE BOOK!!! I loved it, I 4.5 starred it, and I’m reviewing at 5am just to get it our of my system, because it affected me so. Mind you, I don’t spoil anything below, but I went in on that genius blurb alone, and it TOTALLY gave me a blurb-jolt. That, coupled with a few awesome but vague reader reactions, and this one had me guessing all sorts of possibilities!

Jean: “Maryse, Amy, Grey, R, and whoever else was reading Behind Closed Doors…..did ya finish? Just got done and that last line literally had a chill go through my entire body! I loved it!”

Rita: This is a fabulous book! TO THE VERY LAST SENTENCE!!!! Y’all will not be able to put it down!!!

Maryse: Okay… I AM LOVING THIS BOOK, halfway through…

Sheri: Just finished it :D …quite good.

Amy: Holy moly…my anxiety is through the roof because of this freaking book!!

Anastasia: I’ve read about 4 chapters last night and the best word to describe the experience so far: Intriguing!

Gemma: I’ve read this! Brilliant

R: Good luck with BCD, it comes at the price of sleep… Soooo hard to put down!

Amy: Holy MOLY!!! I am finished with BCD and absolutely wrung out. But dang, that was a fun ride! :D

Claudia: Yay!! just one clicked..thanks

Okay, and now for the review:

Unsettling to say the least. And to me, utterly terrifying. This is every woman’s nightmare, but if you’re like me and you love a good psych-thriller, put this one on your “TO BE READ NOW” list! It almost unputtdownable, but you’ll need to put it down, just to catch your breath and settle your nerves.

A blurb that had my stomach in knots with anticipation (I just HAD to read this one ASAP so I one-clicked it, price be damned!), and a story that had my stomach in knots with dread. This was exactly what I was in the mood for, and it certainly delivered the chills. In fact, it’s yet another book that has given me a few nightmares, hence me writing a review at 5am… because I can’t sleep.

Maryse: STILL READING IT NO SPOILERS!!! GAH!!! I HATE HIM!!!!!!! (halfway in)

R: I’m at almost 65% and I’m having to FORCE myself to stop so I can get some work done!!!

Jean: I promise no spoilers!

Amy: HOLY MOLY!!!! This book is working me over something awful!! My anxiety is through the freaking roof right now…and it’s not from angst so this is REALLY different for me. Jack is horrible. I would really like to nail his sac to a chair (a nail right between the boys…BAM!) and then slice his johnson open and turn it into a hooha. THEN I would turn him loose in general population in a prison. I. Hate. That. Man.

I don’t know why I love dark reads so much, ’cause the really affecting ones make me feel so claustrophobic. I can’t breathe while reading, I find myself hyperventilating, jump up and pace trying to catch my breath, and end up watching a comedy, or just the good ol’ peaceful cooking channel to bring myself back to my own personal safety. But while I’m reading, and even a day or two after I’ve finished, when they’re good like this? I’m jolted awake (multiple times even) with that sense of terror, and sometimes I can’t get back to get back to sleep.

Which is the case with this one. And yet, I LOVED it.

So what’s it about?

Independent and happy Grace (that is caring for her younger sister that has Down Syndrome) meets the enigmatic, gorgeous “Jack Angel” (a successful, wealthy lawyer famous for representing and defending battered women). He woos her. Charms her. Makes her feel like the luckiest woman in the world. And soon into their whirlwind romance, they marry.

It’s during evenings like this that I’m reminded of why I fell in love with Jack. Charming, amusing and intelligent, he knows exactly what to say and how to say it.

And like most successful, outgoing and enviable couples, they entertain their friends and entourage…

I fix a smile on my face, praying that they’ll like me. Esther doesn’t smile back, so I guess she’s reserving judgement. But I can’t blame her. Since joining our circle of friends a month ago, I’m sure she’s been told over and over again that Grace Angel, wife of brilliant lawyer Jack Angel, is a perfect example of a woman who has it all— the perfect house, the perfect husband, the perfect life. If I were Esther, I’d be wary of me too.

…but all is not well behind closed doors.

I feel a sudden flash of happiness, which I try to hang on to. But it disappears as quickly as it came.

Told completely from Grace’s perspective, you will feel every single moment. And right from the very atmospheric start, I just knew that Jack Angel could possibly be the devil himself.

I hold my hands out in front of me and the shaking that I can’t control tells me what I’ve only just begun to realise but what Jack has known all along— that fear is the best deterrent of all.

That. EXACTLY that.

But I don’t want to say any more, because it’s all in the journey.

Absolutely unforgettable and almost unputdownable (if you can stand it)! It was everything I expected from that blurb, and this is most certainly a cautionary tale.  A dark read, indeed.

4.5 stars!


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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Lise September 15, 2016 at 6:34 AM

I am half way through as I read until 3:00 AM. Good thing I have the day off ;-) Grrr… that Jack Angel is just- an evil devil?… back to reading!

Maryse September 15, 2016 at 9:01 AM

YAY Lise!!!!

I can’t wait to hear what you think. Tee hee!!!

*rubs hands together with glee*

Amy September 15, 2016 at 9:28 AM

That feeling of claustrophobia and then hyperventilating…YES!!!

I, too, had to set it down several times and catch my breath because of feeling like *I* was the one going through it. Especially with the “past” chapters…she thought pretty much how I would have been thinking, and it was just not enough. THAT was sobering. :?

Johanne Pearl Couturier September 15, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Damn girls !!! It looks so frightning that I feel like I want to read it now… but am I safe from nightmares ??? I guess it is not really a good read for a vacation… ha ha ha

Maryse September 15, 2016 at 6:07 PM

Oooooh Johanne… remember my nighttime anxiety attacks from that last book?

This is like that bit even scarier.

Jean September 15, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Great review Maryse! Just enough to hook everyone to read it with no spoilers whatsoever. And yes, hyperventilating and totally inside her head the whole time. I will not be forgetting this book.

Anastasia September 17, 2016 at 1:10 PM

I finished! There was a particular moment in the book that I almost folded not wanting to continue. It was that difficult to take, to believe, to witness. I’m glad I stuck with it and was moved by the very gratuitous ending will making a silent prayer for those who are at going through even a fraction of Grace’s nightmare.

Lori L Clark September 20, 2016 at 3:41 PM

This is one of my favorite genres! I am going to one click it! <3 Thanks for the review!

Shirley September 20, 2016 at 8:29 PM

Looks good but pricey.

Erica November 3, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Was I the only one a little bummed when I finished this book? I won’t spoil anything, and I loved it and would recommend it to everyone, but suffice it to say I saw things going a little differently in MY head. Lol

Maryse November 4, 2016 at 9:42 AM

Erica… the ending was definitely almost a little too calm considering. ;)

stephanie October 18, 2018 at 4:29 PM

Nope, sorry. This was as compelling as a lifetime movie. The type where the female lead runs up the stairs rather than out the door. The women in this book were written carelessly, and were absent minded. Honestly, none of her “friends” thought it odd she was never seen out in public without her husband, And her husband objected vehemently when one would suggest she even be driven home by a female friend. Let’s not forget that she didn’t even have her own personal email address, the fact that her purse was obviously empty (come on ladies, we can all tell when a purse has no contents in it right?) no, instead, they just marveled and idolized how Grace didn’t work, had nice clothes, was thin (until it was painfully noticeable she was too thin) and she was a good cook. It’s as though these are the things women only care about.

The poor portrayal of a young woman with Down Syndrome was also tasteless. The animal cruelty was just crass, oh and the clumsy way she snuck the sleeping pills into the whisky was abhorrent and unrealistic. Sorry, spoiler? Nah. The real spoiler is how when a friend obviously knows what’s going on, she plays along instilling the thoughts that woman should stay quiet because nobody will believe they’ve been subject to abuse. In today’s issues it’s unbelievably tone deaf. We need to expect more from our female leads even if they’re fiction. If we can’t imagine strong women, we’re lost.

Maryse October 18, 2018 at 8:11 PM

Thank you for your take on it Stephanie.

Not all abused women react to their abuse the same way. This was one take (and one that some abused woman might relate to).

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