Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris

Behind Closed Doorsby BA Paris

‘If you love The Girl on the Train read Behind Closed Doors.’ - Elle

‘Twists our expectations of the entire psychological thriller genre’ - The Guardian

‘The tension builds almost unbearably’ - Good Housekeeping

‘It took me just an afternoon to read this book and by the end, my heart was pounding. If you like fast and frantic stories, you’ll love this.’ - The Sun

From the back of the book:

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.

You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.


My Review (no spoilers): (1 / 5 stars)

As a caveat to my review, this book might be just tolerable as a forgettable beach read.  It was very quick to get through and as some positive reviews said, if you can ignore plot holes and suspend belief, then you may find the book a bit of fun.

Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book as I often found myself saying "no one would ever do that!!"  Even really minor things like when the main character had an extra 10 minutes before leaving the house, so she decided to do her nails.  That is just not possible - has the author ever used nail polish before?!  I also thought the characters were not well developed and their motivations and actions made very little sense.  One of the book club members put it very well saying "it feels like this is a caricature of what a psychological thriller is supposed to be."  Enough said.

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