Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Behind Closed Doors

Book: Behind Closed Doors
Author: BA Paris

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. Her friends 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?-Goodreads

Review: Grace is in her early 30's and extremely close to her younger sister Millie, who has Downs Syndrome. Their parents never wanted children so Grace has also taken on a 'mother' type role for Millie and plans to be her caregiver when Millie turns 18 in a few years and leaves the boarding school she is at. Grace hasn't had much luck dating until she meets Jack. Jack is a handsome, successful attorney who specializes in domestic violence. In fact, he's never lost a case. Jack is a true gentleman who treats Grace wonderfully and seemingly loves Millie too. After a whirlwind courtship and marriage, things take a drastic turn on their honeymoon. 

**mild spoiler**

Still here? Okay, this isn't a huge spoiler since this happens very early on in the book. On their honeymoon, Jack confiscates Grace's passport and explains to her that he is a sadistic sociopath. I'll refrain from saying why he married her exactly, but he has a specific reason. Now, it was odd that he just lays it out on the table. There is no guessing with Jack, we know what he is and why. Grace ignored a lot of red flags up to this point (who quits their job to be a stay at home wife..when you have no children and aren't even married yet?!) and finds herself trapped. While Grace's day-to-day experiences were a tad boring (and the sadistic part of me was waiting for Jack to be more evil than he was), I could not stop turning the pages and see how it would end. 

When I finished this book I thought I would rate it 2 stars (tad boring in the middle, a lot of suspension of disbelief, I was wanting more "evil" from Jack, good ending) but I can't stop thinking about it and what I would have done in that situation. So, rating upgrade! I will definitely read more from this author. Also, I think this would be a really good movie. 

Grade: 3.5/5

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