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Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

behind closed doors

I have so many feelings about this book! Grace is a food buyer for Harrod’s in England and has never found Mr. Right. She is the guardian of her sister with Down’s Syndrome, Millie, and she travels a lot for her job, so she has a lot on her plate when she meets and marries the Perfect Guy. Or is he? DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNN….

After Grace marries Jack, there is an abrupt change in his demeanor and we slowly figure out what is really going on. Not to give to many spoilers, but we quickly find out that Jack isn’t exactly the guy we think he is. The book is told from Grace’s perspective alternating between the present and the past.

Paris is great at creating suspense in the first portion of the book, but I think once we find out what is going on, it’s more of a “oh crap how are we getting out of this situation” kind of vibe which goes on a bit long. Some of the plot points are a bit week, but what really bugged me was abuse of an animal – I honestly just couldn’t handle reading those parts and so I kept skipping over them.

I also am troubled by how many thrillers I’ve read where a woman lacks power in a relationship and this leads to *bad things*. I feel that women are portrayed too often as weak or doe-eyed in thrillers and can only become powerful through ridiculous struggles. Why can’t a woman start out as powerful and savvy and still overcome the adversity she faces?  Why does a woman have to be clueless to start with?

I listened to the audiobook version of this novel – the narrator was perfect for this book and did a great job at leading the suspense with her voice. Overall, I think Paris has a knack for suspense writing, and this being her debut novel, I think I will definitely check out her other books.

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