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Behind closed doors : a novel
2016
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Characters
Jack (Male), Attorney, Married, Wealthy, Grace's husband; controls and mentally abuses his wife
Grace (Female), Homemaker, Married, Wealthy, Jack's wife; skilled at gardening and cooking; takes care of her younger sister who has down syndrome
Genre
Fiction
Psychological
Thriller
Domestic
Topics
Husbands and wives
Marriage
Man-woman relationships
Wealthy lifestyles
Secrets
Sisters
Down Syndrome
Domestic abuse
Mental abuse
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Jack and Grace Angel had a whirlwind meeting, courtship, and marriage, and quickly became the envy of all of their friends. Jack is a successful attorney, and Grace is a magnificent hostess and homemaker. However, Grace is rarely seen outside of her home, she's losing weight, and she doesn't have her own cell phone or email address. Despite being an independent and successful career woman when she met her husband, Grace is now secluded in the home Jack created for her. Grace's only link to her former life is her disabled 17-year-old sister for whom she is guardian. Debut novelist Paris presents an exceptionally clever and swiftly moving thriller that covers the span of 18 months, deftly moves between past and present tenses, and tells the story of the radical changes that have occurred in Grace's life and the lengths to which she will go to remain present for her sister. The audio production is of fine quality, with narrator Georgia Maguire doing a great job navigating the various characters and the rapid transitions in time periods. VERDICT Listeners who like books by Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Ruth Ware should enjoy this title. ["A can't-put-down psychological thriller": LJ Xpress Reviews 7/22/16 starred review of the St. Martin's hc.]-Nicole A. Cooke, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Newlyweds Grace and Jack Angel seem to lead a perfect life in British author Paris's gripping debut, but appearances can be deceiving. In addition to being a handsome, successful attorney, Jack is also a sadistic psychopath, and the couple's picture-perfect home in Spring Eaton, England, doubles as Grace's prison. She makes the postnuptial discovery that he's a controlling, sadistic misogynist who murdered his mother and has disturbing plans for Grace and her younger sister, Milly. In delineating the ways in which Jack creates a physical and psychological prison for Grace, Paris pushes credibility one step over the line. But with reader Maguire's help in making listeners feel every torturous moment of Grace's hellish married life and her almost feverish plan to gain freedom for herself and her sister, credibility is trumped by emotion. Along with Grace's helplessness, Maguire provides the voice of sweet innocence for Millie, as well as the convincingly soft-spoken, kindly Jack and the equally credible but icy cold, domineering, and psychotic post-wedding version. A St. Martin's hardcover. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p> THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING DEBUT PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU CAN'T MISS </p><p>The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? </p><p> "A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night." --Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl </p><p>"This debut is guaranteed to haunt you... Warning: brace yourself. " -- Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)</p><p>" The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver. " --The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post </p><br><p>Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You'd like to get to know Grace better.</p><p>But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.</p><p>Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn't work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.</p><p>Some might wonder what's really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.</p><p>From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors .</p>
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