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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris- Feature and Review

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?



Behind Closed Doors

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris is a 2016 St. Martin’s Press publication.

Behind Closed doors is yet another outstanding debut novel, and one that came highly recommended to me by folks who understand my taste in books.

The story sucked me in swiftly, delivering that jarring blow to my psyche, and then pumping up the adrenaline with a blood pounding intensity, leaving me with sweaty palms and my heart racing at warp speed.

Grace has a handsome, devoted husband, a beautiful house, and by all appearances, a perfect life. But, as we all know, appearances can be deceiving.

Grace had nearly given up on marriage because she is happily responsible for her mentally challenged sister, Millie, and the two are a package deal, but some men just can’t handle that.

But, when Jack meets Grace and Millie, he knows instantly Grace will be the one for him, and of course Millie is welcome to live with them. It will all work out perfectly, but once they are married, Grace finds out married life is not all it’s cracked up to be, but no one would ever guess how truly unhappy she is because no one knows what really goes on behind closed doors…

Normally, when a sub-genre becomes mega popular and tons of books flood the market trying to cash in on the trend, I burn out on it fast. But, I have always loved a good mind game, a dark, tense psychological thriller that keeps you on edge from start to finish. So, I am loving all these new novels of suspense, and I love the new talent bursting out into the forefront, which is long overdue.

While most any debut novel will stand on shaky legs,at least to some extent, this one is pretty solid, and quite unique. I felt sucker punched once I got a few chapters in and it took me a while to shake off the cobwebs. Once I got my bearings back, I was riveted by the race against time atmosphere, and filled with a feeling of dread, wanting to scream at the characters to DO SOMETHING!! Somebody, anybody! I got my wish from the most unlikely of sources and I loved that part best of all.

This author has the right idea, knows how to create a taut situation, and knows how to evoke emotions too, which is something many of these newer psychological thrillers are missing. I have to care about the characters, in some way. Love them, hate them, either way- but they must have some complexity, or development in order for the reader to feel completely engaged, and this one scores on that front, which is impressive considering the atmosphere of the novel.

If you like psychological suspense, you don't want to pass this one up!

Overall, a terrific debut!





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 and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.


  1. This sounds so good! I can't wait to read it-love a good thriller!

  2. Stephanie,
    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Thanks for stopping by The Book Review. Happy reading!


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