Past :- Grace finds a handsome, elegant and wealthy man Jack who promises to be a perfect husband. Even the fact that Grace is primary care giver for her 18 year old Sister Millie, suffering from Downs Syndrome does not budge him from proposing to her.
Present :- Grace and Jack are living in a sprawling mansion in a wealthy neighborhood and entertain guests with sumptuous meals that Grace prepares meticulously. But then one day Millie gives some sleeping pills to Grace and asks her to drug her husband, Jack.
Behind Closed Doors is exciting, thrilling and absolutely unputdownable (clichéd but very true). This dark and twisted tale narrates the horrifying experience happening behind closed doors. The seemingly perfect couple has a secret, a secret that is going to cost lives. Though people are comparing it with Gone Girl, I do not see any direct resemblance here. Except the fact that protagonists in both are stuck in a crazy mind-numbing situation and have to conjure equally twisted solutions. Pick it up in the evening and this one will keep you up at night.
Jack and Grace are that perfect couple whom everyone aspires to be. While Jack is successful lawyer who fights for women victimized by abuse and domestic violence; Grace is smart, educated and equally deft in kitchen. However, that’s just a façade. What happens behind closed doors will numb your mind. The sinister plot that one of them is planning will come into action as soon as Millie moves in with them. The other one has only that much time to counter-act.
The plot oscillates between past and present and slowly you realize the hopelessness of the circumstances. The writing is smooth and seamless and does not tax the reader during these frequent switches. I like books which make me think hard. And this one did that. I don’t like to read about physical abuse and hence, the first few pages made me wonder if I should continue. But soon I realized that there was no violence. It was about mind games and fear. Lots of fear. How twisted can one get to derive pleasure for sinister motives? This was one WOW read.
I generally have one parameter to judge an author- will I pick the next book by the same author? And in this case, I am certain that I will.
About the author:- B A Paris grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.