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Behind Closed Doors

behind closed doors

Oh My Goodness! What a shocker! I could not put this book down and read it in 3 nights!! It was rather horrific but it only goes to show that we can never judge a book by its cover. I thought it was a great read.

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I had heard a lot about this book and therefore wanted to know a bit more. It was suggested as a must read at book Book Club, but as some had already read it it became one of our ‘suggested’ reading books. So I read it. I looked at a number of reviews and this is what Goodreads had to say about it:

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace.

He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. Though, you’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

Personally, I was really blown away by the book, to be honest. I felt so much for Grace. On one hand you wanted to shake her and on the other hand you could understand her actions. Mental abuse is such a cruel thing. The emotions that B.A Paris evokes within you are incredible. Sadness, desperation, anger, anticipation disgust …. you name it! You honestly believe that you are experiencing the same emotions as the character throughout.

The story is very disturbing. It’s clever but disturbing. Mental domestic abuse is not often mentioned and I feel that it is not addressed in the way the physical abuse is. Mental abuse is as serious as any other kind of domestic abuse and Paris opens the door to this, giving the reader a true insight on the effects that mental abuse has on one’s state of mind which becomes totally self-destructing.

I read the book in 3 readings as I couldn’t put it down, and yet when I finished reading it I can’t say that I was completely satisfied. The ending was good, the story was a page-turner yet I kept asking questions  and I would have liked to have known a bit more about Jack. However, this really is a brilliant read!

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