Review: Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris 

Release date: August 9, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Psychological Thriller 

Goodreads blurb:

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? 


This book you guys. My God. It grabbed me tightly and never let me go until the very last word. I had been highly anticipating getting to the point in my TBR schedule where I could finally read this one because several of my most trusted fellow book bloggers had raved about it. The Twitter hashtag is #staysingle, how intriguing is that?! I can wholeheartedly join them in agreement that this is one of my top psychological thrillers of 2016. 

Within the first scene, the reader is immediately aware that there is something very off about Jack and Grace’s marriage. They seem like the perfect couple, especially when they’re around their friends and the general public, but everyone knows that things are not always as they seem. What secret are the two of them keeping? Which one of them is a frighteningly different person behind closed doors? It’s a chilling and darkly disturbing journey to the truth.

I need to warn you that there are parts of this book that are hard to read. I’m not very delicate when it comes to what I like to read, but even I found myself distressed at several points while reading this one. What is actually happening in their home is unnerving, sick, and horrifying and there is a level of manipulation and cunning that is unmatched. Even though I was quite panicky at times while reading this, I like that sort of book and enjoy the tension desperate situations create.

Paris is a gifted writer and was able to keep me on my toes the entire time. She painstakingly crafted this novel while delivering domestic noir at its finest. That ending. Wow. It sent a cold chill up and down my spine and I had one of those moments where I slowly put the book down and just stared off into space while processing what I had just read.

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to BookSparks for my copy in exchange for an honest review. 

33 thoughts on “Review: Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris 

  1. rantandraveaboutbooks says:

    Wow, this sounds amazing! He’s “miserying” her oh that’s so crazy. Or at least that’s what it sounds like. Holy hell bars on the windows. I need to read this ASAP. Great review! Did you get a copy direct or from NetGalley? I’d love a copy of this book.

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  2. Emma says:

    I almost didn’t read your review as I just got this from the library after having it on hold for ages. I was worried it might put me off but has just convinced me it was worth waiting for.

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  3. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    That cover looks like a straight horror story…

    Ahhhhh is this going to be one of those books that is going to mess me up after I’m done…. like Gone Girl? Which I didn’t technically read, but I watched the movie and now I can’t bring myself to read… You must have a strong heart because I don’t know how you are able to read all these thrillers!!! I would need to take up heavy drinking lol

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