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Behind Closed Doors

Written by: B. A. Paris
Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The instant New York Times and USA Today bestselling debut psychological thriller you can't miss!

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

"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

"This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself." —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)

"The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver." —The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post

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.

From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

©2016 B. A. Paris (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

What the critics say

"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 best-selling author of The Good Girl)
"This outstanding debut novel will leave you breathless." ( Bella)
"Brilliant, chilling, scary and unputdownable." (Lesley Pearse, best-selling author of Without a Trace)

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A must listen

Suspenseful, intriguing and incredibly narrated a book I wouldn't have been able to put down but one brought to life in this audio version.

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Grace is INSUFFERABLE.

The main character Grace is so infuriating that I almost stopped read on at least 4 occasions. I did not want to finish this because I hated it. I have never felt such hatred towards a fictional character... also if Jack is supposed to be a psychopath, make him a psychopath! Instead of making him kind of nice, but also not because he's mean and won't let her leave... like really?

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well written

kept me intrigued beginning to end, and the ending was perfect!!! needs to be made into a movie

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Far-Fetched and Utterly Unbelievable

This novel has no respect for the reader's intelligence. The protagonist, Grace, is an insufferable idiot. I have no problem with flawed characters and I totally get the paralysis that often imprisons abused women. But Paris takes both too far, way past the point of believability. And when the 'big reveal' finally comes, the form Jack's abuse ultimately takes is so ridiculously ludicrous that I'd have found it laughable if I wasn't so annoyed at having wasted my time to get that far.

I forced myself to finish this one but my advice for you would be to learn from my mistake and skip it completely.

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  • Sam
  • 2018-11-08

AMAZING, THRILLING

I think I might even register to this one, I felt so attached by the end I didn't want it to be over! Lots of twists and turns, that you think are predictable but will definitely be unexpected and shocking! loved it

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Great Read!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very well written and loved the narrator. It kept me interested right until the end.

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Edge of my seat!

I ended up working late just to hear the last 15 minutes of this story. Amazing ending! Loved the narrator too.

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Great read!

I loved this book and couldn't stop listening to it. It's a gripping, thought-provoking thriller with some psychological and mystery elements that will keep you at the edge of your seat. The story has some interesting twists but it's also terribly frightening since this could happen to anyone. I would definitely recommend. #Audible1

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Everyday people, down to earth, yet grips reader easily

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This book was the first one I’ve read that brought me right into her life. This book was well written I was so taken with it I just had to finish it even when doing other chores I was thinking about where I could get a little time in for #audible1. She was like my friend I couldn’t wait to listen to her!

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Spellbinding

What a riveting story! I can’t believe this is a debut! Absolutely brilliant! I couldn’t stop listening.

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  • Vanessa Arizona
  • 2016-09-04

Slow start but a gripping experience

I highly recommend this book for fans of psychological thrillers. I would warn that it is a frightening story, and while not frankly violent, there is some upsetting content regarding abuse.
I'd also suggest that the listener needs to be patient for the story to get off the ground. In my opinion, the author spent far too much time laying groundwork when the issues are pretty obvious for anyone with the least bit of skeptical disbelief of 'perfect' appearing existences.
This book straddles the horror genre as well- I've just finished and find myself with an ongoing sense of dread and fear that built as I listened. For anyone who says that this 'could not happen'- think again. And

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  • Ann
  • 2016-08-15

Wow

Wow...I've listened to MANY audio books and never felt the need to write a review after I was done. But this book definitely deserves recognition! I could not stop listening!!! It was intense, nail biting...all the way till the very end. The details were so well written that I actually felt like I was living in the moment of the story. I could not stop listening. At first I thought ok, this will be just a regular suspense story...starting of with the details of each character. But within 2 hours into it, I was hooked! Written VERY WELL, narrated VERY WELL!

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  • Eric
  • 2016-10-08

A solution that works if it is too hard to listen

After reading the initial description, I felt this this book reminded me a bit of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. As the story unfolded in opening chapters, one wondered when the darkness would enter the story. When it inevitably did, this turned out to be a very different story than Big Little Lies. Reviewers who are incredulous at the premise have every reason to be, but I suspect the psychological torture in the story is present in modern society in human stories that are just as incredible. The author cleverly and elegantly closed off all the options for Grace and Millie's escape, doing so as effectively as one could to scaffold the story.

Still, once the darkness entered the story I could not go on much more than 30-60 minutes before throwing in the towel. It was too dark and uncomfortable and I figured I would just return the credit. Yet, reviews promised a great ending, and I considered the ending in Big Little Lies to be perhaps the most multilayered and well-structured ending to a novel I could imagine reading. Could this also have a great ending?

So I decided I could try to skip the middle four hours of the story, and pickup with something like an hour forty left in the story. It worked for me. I just can't listen to that much darkness and I assumed that is all it would be, replete with creative ways to make Grace's situation seem even more hopeless. In the expectation that perhaps the ending would be great, and that I knew enough of the storyline to pickup the last fifth or sixth of the story, I decided at least to give it a try. The ending was indeed very well done, and while nothing in this genre is going to match Big Little Lies, it had enough intricacies and layers - right up to and including the last three letter word in the book - for me to give the book a strong overall rating. It was worth the credit to me, even if I skipped the middle half of the book which I assumed would be too psychologically gruesome for me to bear. It was a good way to manage the listen.

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  • Lady J
  • 2016-09-16

Very enjoyable psychological thriller

Thoroughly enjoyed this! Stressed me out and enraged me but in a good way. you will b rooting for the main character. I couldn't stop listening to it. my fave book I've listened to in a long time! Gonna tell everyone I know to read or listen to it so that it will b made into a movie!

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  • Tammy Sue
  • 2016-10-04

The more I listened, the more I got annoyed

It was a great story at first. But the more I listened, the more I got annoyed with the main character being such a wimp and twit. I could tell it was going to all work out in the end, and I just got weary waiting for it to get there.

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  • Donna
  • 2016-09-19

Just odd

Story was not believable. Even the end was unbelievable. Disappointed, glad it's over. I enjoyed the narrator who did a good job.

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  • John Andrew Neu
  • 2016-09-20

Lame

The characters behaved in such inexplicable ways, and the story relied on so many implausible elements, you keep rolling your eyes. The villain is one dimensional and possesses a superhuman ability to get people to buy into whatever outlandish set of facts he fabricated because: charisma and he is an attorney? I didn't even feel bad for the protagonist's situation, because after awhile her judgements and actions were so inconsistent with the character build it just got to be ridiculous after awhile. Not recommended.

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  • Kelly
  • 2016-09-25

Upsetting

Probably the most upsetting audiobook I've ever listened to. Any story where something bad happens to a puppy is not great. Would have been better if it was a little less horrifying and a little more three-dimensional. As it's written it's less psychological thriller and more campy horror movie.

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  • Oddly Specific
  • 2016-11-09

Overwhelmingly Awful...

I feel duped. I purchased this book based on other reviews saying how it was a "thriller", "exciting", "page turner", etc. I can only guess that these are maybe friends and family of the author.

This book was absolutely terrible. The story is dreadful. The plot is ridiculous beyond words. I really cannot imagine any publisher sitting down with this book and thinking "people would really love to read this". The characters are poorly written. I won't give any spoilers in the event that one of you will burn cash or credit on this moronic tale. The only redeeming quality of this coma inducing stupidity was the narrator.

Seriously, skip this one and tell a friend.

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  • Adnan Abbas
  • 2016-09-06

A "page turner", but....

What did you like best about Behind Closed Doors? What did you like least?

Even though the book is told with "present" and "past" alternating, it was still quite fast paced and enjoyable. The book is let down by one of the absolute dumbest lead characters I've ever read. She could have been out of her predicament in 5 minutes if she acted like a normal human. The antagonist also comes off as dumb for his schemes, but it only works because the lead character is such a dullard.

126 of 151 people found this review helpful