July 23, 2018

Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

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.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

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.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

Grace is an idiot.  Her learning disabled sister has more going on than she does - and coincidentally is my favorite character with my favorite scene in the whole novel. Grace is one of the characters that you just want to shake.  There is one scene in particular where after having discovered the full extent of the dangers she's in, she decides to take a shower so she can refresh herself- thereby dooming herself and her sister for a long time.  Despite this "Are you out of your mind?!" scene, I did continue all the way to the end.  The villain gets their comeuppance - although it is off-scene.  The ending is ultimately satisfactory despite the protagonist's frustrating decisions.  If a movie does get made, the script writer is going to have to fix the holes in the narrative for the audience to adequately suspend their disbelief.  

Poor George Clooney...

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