Behind Closed Doors B.A. Paris Release Date: August 9, 2016
WOW. This book reminds us of the fact that abuse is not just physical but can be mental too. It happens slowly, over time, until you realize what you have gotten yourself into. This was an intense read. Excellent writing, with the creepiest protagonist I have encountered in a long time. He seemed to have thought of everything. I walked away from the book a couple of times before I hit the middle of the story. I didn’t go back because I was asked to read the book, but because I had to know what happened. Once I hit the middle of the book, I could not put it down until I finished it. The story resonates with you for a long time after the last word. It is going to make a wonderful book club book or even a movie. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, this book is for you.— Della McNamara
August 2016 Indie Next List
“Jack is charming and handsome, but underneath his cool exterior is a brutal psychopath who thrives on terrifying others. His wife, Grace, found out too late that he is a monster who seeks to control everything she does. Even her sister, Millie, a handicapped young woman who depends on Grace, is part of Jack's vicious plan. Paris has crafted a riveting, intense tale that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page.”
— Stephanie Crowe (W), Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
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.
About the Author
B. A. PARIS is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, Bring Me Back, The Dilemma, and The Therapist. She grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher.
“Debut-novelist Paris adroitly toggles between the recent past and the present in building the suspense of Grace’s increasingly unbearable situation, as time becomes critical and her possible solutions narrow. This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —BOOKLIST, Starred Review
"Newlyweds Grace and Jack Angel seem to lead a perfect life in British author Paris's gripping debut, but appearances can be deceiving...Grace's terror is contagious, and Millie's impending peril creates a ticking clock that propels this claustrophobic cat-and-mouse tale toward its grisly, gratifying conclusion." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"The writing was incredible, and the pace is quick, offering up too many chills to count...Behind Closed Doors screams: Stay single!” —SUSPENSE MAGAZINE
"This debut is guaranteed to haunt you — especially if you're about to tie the knot. Jack and Grace, the couple at the center of this totally enthralling novel, are so clearly not what they seem you'll have no choice but to read and read and read until their darkest secrets are revealed. Warning: brace yourself." —BUSTLE
"[Georgia Maguire's] overall narration is calm and elegant but emotional and alarming during the horrific moments Grace experiences." -AudioFile