Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris ★★★★

Synopsis:

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?

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This book first caught my interest after one of my favourite booktubers (Sarah’s Nightstand) raved about it after she read it.. last year? Yeah I think last year. I was initially gonna buy this brand new but lo and behold, this was the first thing that caught my eye after entering my favourite charity bookshop and I freaked out. It was still in perfect condition and I got it for $2.00 so yeah, that was a happy day.

Moving on, this is a psychological suspense thriller and like it says in the synopsis, it’s about a couple who everyone thinks is perfect but none of them know that behind closed doors (see what just happened? hahaha) is a dark secret about their true relationship. I guess I can kind of spoil it a little bit because everybody will assume this anyways but the husband is a freaking psycho. That’s all I’m gonna say. The whole time I was reading this I was super on edge and anxious because of what was happening. You might think that you know where this is going while you’re reading this but trust me, the plot twist was not what I was expecting. It wasn’t even close. And the last three pages? Those were my favourite because it gave me chills and I felt such relief, I think it erased my stress for a good bit.

The only reason I gave it four stars as opposed to five is because even though it surprised and intrigued me, it wasn’t that much of a mind blow to me as it was to the people who have raved about it. I think it could actually be because I’ve read a Korean webtoon called Killing Stalking and it has similar tropes but that one is actually worse. I might just be a sicko but I loved reading that and I enjoyed this novel as well.

This is a definite recommend to anyone new or old to the genre because I feel like even though there are similar stories out there, B.A. Paris has really outdone herself on this one and I know that most people will enjoy this.

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