Title: Behind Closed Doors
Author: B. A. Paris
Page Count/Review Word Count: 288
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
I find it quite hard to categorise this book, but I will say that I ought to preface this with a trigger warning – this about domestic abuse at its worse level, and whilst there’s nothing inherently gory or explicit in it, the whole concept is pretty terrifying. Let’s get into it.
Basically, Jack Angel is a lawyer who specialises in defending abused women from their husbands, but he has a dark secret – his perfect wife, and his perfect marriage, aren’t quite what they seem. Why is it that they’re never seen on their own? And how come she doesn’t own her own mobile phone?
Turns out that something shady is going on, and this book follows Grace, Jack’s wife, as she recounts her tale whilst flicking between the past and the present. A lot of books try to do this and don’t do a very good job of it, but that’s not the case here – in fact, considering that this is Paris’ debut novel, I think it’s a hell of an achievement. That’s why I gave this a rating of 9/10 – it’s not just good, and it’s not just professional. It’s more than that – it’s pretty awesome, and I read the whole thing in the space of a day because I wanted to know what happened next.
But be warned – it might give you nightmares. I haven’t slept since reading it, and I haven’t got a good feeling about it – it’s sinister, and there are a lot of twists along the way.