Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

“For better or for worse. In sickness and in health. Till death do us part”

It’s always been Grace and her sister Millie from day one so when a handsome stranger by the name of Jack Angel sweeps both Millie and Grace off of their feet life takes an unexpected & thrilling turn.

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The life that Grace leads on the outside is nothing compared to her life behind barred windows and locked doors. The “perfect husband” is anything but in this novel about a woman trapped in a marriage and forced to be the perfect wife in order to keep her sister safe. Paris will have you furiously turning the pages to discover the fate of the Angels. Goodreads synopsis here.

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My thoughts:

The premise of a woman trapped in a marriage with a complete psychopath is something that I’m sure we’ve all come across before. The one thing that I was not expecting was the particular brand of abuse that Jack Angel specialized in; fear. Don’t be fooled though because Grace isn’t a weak woman or stupid by any means, Jack is just manipulative enough to use his influence as a powerful lawyer to sway anyone that Grace tries to contact for help. The book itself wasn’t anything to fangirl over (don’t hate me this just isn’t my genre) but I was very shocked by how hooked I was to this story. It’s a psychological thriller for sure and I feared many times what he would do; The way he uses Grace’s sister Millie against her was stressful to say the least. It did get rather repetitive and the fact that Grace’s life was so secluded made for a narrative that could seem mundane to some.

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Grace Angel: Grace had a successful career, and pleasant life before Jack came along, she was the sole caregiver of Millie who has Down Syndrome because their parents moved to New Zealand to escape having to take care of her. I admired Grace’s wherewithal to never stop fighting because she was constantly in danger of crossing the line with Jack and no one ever knows what exactly is going on in his head. It took Grace a while to concoct an escape plan and it’s only with the help of her sister that she can pull it off in time to save her sister from the wrath of Jack.

Jack Angel: This guy has a MESSY past, like beyond messy and I won’t spoil it for you. The way he talks about “fear” as if it’s this tangible thing he can play with is just plain weird, he was always destined to become this way though because his father locked his mother up as a child which Jack loved. Yikes. There isn’t much else to know about Jack minus what’s revealed about his past in the book and how he treats Grace but I was expecting him to hurt her physically not try and cripple her mind so that was something unique to this book.

Millie: The importance of having a character that is differently abled is insane! Millie has Down Syndrome and that makes people underestimate her, but don’t let that extra chromosome fool you at all. Homegirl has a penchant for Agatha Christie (me too girl!!!) and is beyond smart. The way Millie carries herself and helps and loves her sister makes her nothing short of the hero in this book in my opinion. Millie is fearless, intelligent, and such a genuine soul it’s hard not to be completely captivated with her character.

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Wrap up:

This was a pretty short book compared to ones I usually read so it made for some quick entertainment. I wasn’t disappointed at all and it was the first time I had read this particular author’s work, I will definitely be reading her other book! It’s always nice reading books from authors that are English because the writing style is so different. I gave this book 3.8/5🌟

─── ο½₯ ο½‘οΎŸβ˜†: *.☽ .* :β˜†οΎŸ. ───

“In her mind, where the line between fact and fiction is often blurred, murder is simply a solution to the problem.”

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