The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
Jack and Grace Angel are the ideal married couple, living in a beautiful home in England. Jack is a successful lawyer. Grace is beautiful and charming. She also prepares amazing meals and always manages to stay slim. Others want to get to know Grace more, but how can it happen with Jack always at her side? Although Grace doesn’t work, she never seems to have time to meet friends for coffee, or anything else, for that matter. In fact, she never answers her phone. And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?
Once they’re alone, Grace goes from loving, patient wife, to a life as Jack’s prisoner. While he remains polite and charming toward others, Jack preys on Grace’s fears. Although there isn’t a lot of physical abuse, Jack uses verbal abuse and threats to control Grace in their home and in public. No matter how hard Grace plots her escape, Jack is always one step ahead of her.
I won’t give away too much, but I must say this story is as suspenseful as it is scary. Grace thought she’d married the man of her dreams, only to soon discover her husband is a psychopath. The thought that real people who are in these kind of situations is terrible. The abuse in the story is awful, but I had to keep reading. In fact, I’m still thinking about the conflict. This book may not be for those who are emotionally sensitive to this genre, but I also won’t discourage anyone from reading it.
Behind Closed Doors will be available on August 9, 2016. As always, feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!
*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: B.A. Paris grew up in England, but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher. She has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.