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Behind Closed Doors
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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
Husbands and wives
Man-woman relationships
Wealthy lifestyles
Down Syndrome
Domestic abuse
Mental abuse
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

[DEBUT] Jack and Grace are the picture-perfect couple. She is thin, gorgeous, kind, and a fabulous cook, he is handsome, successful, and dotes on his wife. Jack has even agreed to let Millie, Grace's special-needs sister, live with them when she turns 18, going as far to design Millie's perfect bedroom. But can any couple be that perfect? There are slight chinks in their public image: Grace is never out of Jack's loving gaze, doesn't own a cell phone, and doesn't email. And why does Jack keep mistakenly saying that Millie's new bedroom is going to be red when her favorite color is yellow? Verdict Making her smash debut, Paris switches chapters between the present and the recent past, taking us along on Grace's journey and keeping the suspense level high. In the same vein as Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, this is a can't-put-down psychological thriller. [An August LibraryReads pick.-Ed.]-Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park H.S., MD © 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 Spring Eaton, England, home doubles as Grace's prison. Jack forced Grace to quit her job, refuses to allow her unsupervised contact with the outside world, and cruelly punishes her escape attempts. Grace would welcome death were it not for her 17-year-old sister, Millie, who intends to come live with them once she finishes school. Grace's life may be hell, but Jack has made it clear that Millie's in for far worse, so Grace must free herself in order to save her sister. Paris reveals the couple's past and present in alternating chapters, creating suspense regarding both their origin and their fate. Jack's mustache-twirling monologues occasionally sap the story of tension and believability, but Grace's terror is contagious, and Millie's impending peril creates a ticking clock that propels this claustrophobic cat-and-mouse tale toward its grisly, gratifying conclusion. Agent: Camilla Wray, Darley Anderson Agency (U.K.). (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p> THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING DEBUT PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU CAN'T MISS! <br> <br> 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 is one readers won't be able to put down. " -- Booklist (starred review)</p> <p>" A can't-put-down psychological thriller ." -- Library Journal (starred review)</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> <p>" This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read. " -- San Francisco Book Review </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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