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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  354,361 ratings  ·  29,655 reviews
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.

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, e
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by St. Martin's Press
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Hemanth Kumar I went back and read the last 3 pages a dozen times, I loved how the author bought up Esther to conclude things in such a simple yet terrific way. The…moreI went back and read the last 3 pages a dozen times, I loved how the author bought up Esther to conclude things in such a simple yet terrific way. The way she asks " What colour was Millie's room , Grace?" says a lot that she made up her mind during Millie's party that Jack is not what he seems to be.(less)

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Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book late last night and I still can't stop thinking about it.

I have been wanting to read Behind Closed Doors for quite some time. When it was available on NetGalley I requested it right away but unfortunately was denied. I think that just made me want it more!

So when I finally got my hands on it I just had to put everything else aside and start reading. And I was pulled in right away.

***Possibly some very minor spoilers***

"The perfect marriage or the perfect lie?"

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Emily May
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars. Okay, listen up. This book is not the next Gone Girl. Don't let anyone tell you that. It just isn't. It's not that kind of twisty, secretive book at all. It's the kind of fast-paced, pulpy read that plays with your emotions without ever making you think too hard. But, so help me, I could not put it down.

karen nailed it when she described this book as being fuelled by its action, not its suspense. The story actually gives up its secrets almost immediately - in fact, most of you proba
congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best mystery/thriller AND debut author categories 2016!

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women's health calls this book "2016's ANSWER TO GONE GIRL"

dear women's health - please leave the readers' advisory work to trained professionals and stick to telling us how much water we should be drinking. for our vaginas.

this is nothing like Gone Girl. it's nothing like The Girl on the Train. i'm not even sure this can be classified as psychological suspense, really. this is a straight-up th
Kristin (KC)
*4 stars* (Because 3.98 sounds too olympic-figure-skating-judgey)

Sorry you had to take all that heat, George Clooney…

If you can dig deep and find it in you to curb your need for concrete common sense and logic for the sake of some truly fun fiction, then you, my friend, are the perfect prospect for Behind Closed Doors .

Because this is the second book by B.A. Paris that I could not put down. Sure, I had to battle a few nagging concerns while I read:
- This wouldn't really happen this way…
Kevin Ansbro
Oh, the Russian roulette of having blind faith in a complete stranger's book recommendation!
"You will love this," gushed a crocodile-skinned English lady at my Thai resort hotel. "It's partly set in Thailand and is a real page-turner."

There followed one of the most ridiculous reads I've ever had the misfortune to experience. I'm completely baffled by all the five-star reviews for this one-dimensional yawnfest; the contrived storyline has to rank as one of the most implausible of all time.
Lead c
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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My first warning should have been . . .

“The 2016 debut bloggers can't stop raving about. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train.”

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By the time I was finished, there was only one thing that was going to cure my misery . . .

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Grace was a big muckity muck – living a jet set lifestyle as a buyer for Harrod’s. That all changed, however, when she met George C
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Behind Closed Doors is an edge of your seat, frustratingly WILD ride. I really enjoyed this, y'all!!!

I was flipping these pages so fast, it's a miracle my fingers didn't catch on fire.

I became so frustrated with the protagonist, Grace, that my stress levels were legit off the charts. I loved every minute of it!

Does that sound ridiculous?

Yes, it does, but I'm telling you, this one takes you there!

I just had to know what was going to happen.

If this were a movie, I would definitely have been yell
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Brandie
I've been dying to read this book every since I first saw the blurb about it. I knew it wasn't going to be pretty and I have an un-holy attraction to books about psychos.
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I don't want to give up too much of the book because the biggest draw for it is the twisty parts of it.
Grace has not had too much luck with men.
She has a younger sister Millie who has Down's syndrome, and most men kind of back off once they realize that Grace is Millie's primary caregiver and that she isn't going to chan
Jennifer Masterson
I know a lot of you guys loved this book, but it turned out to be just meh for me. It had it's moments and kept me up late last night, but I had a hard time suspending disbelief with this one. I don't know why.

I listened to the audio version. The audio is good. It's short and only about 8 hours. The narrator does a good job, but the book translated into a Lifetime Movie via audio for me. It might be better to read a hardcopy of it.

Thank you to Lisa for recommending it to me. :). She loved the bo

Behind Closed Doors will capture your mind and keep your heart prisoner until the very last page!

I finished Behind Closed Doors about half an hour ago, and my heart still feels like it’s racing, probably not helped by me forgetting to breathe throughout the majority of the book. I found myself wishing I could read faster, just so I had a chance to catch my breath. Make sure you read this with a glass of wine or a box of chocolates, as they may save your life by distracting you from the story lon
4 Stars!!


"‘Fear,’ he whispered. ‘There is nothing quite like it. I love how it looks, I love how it feels, I love how it smells. And I especially love the sound of it.’ I felt his tongue on my cheek. ‘I even love the taste of it.’"

Before starting this one keep in mind that appearances can be deceiving. “Behind Closed Doors” is 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
Elyse  Walters

*Diving into the spoiler >>>> "Molly could only have been dead a few days at the most, because her body hadn't started to decompose. Jack had been very clever in that respect; he had left her some water, but not quite enough to last her two weeks until we got home. The shock of finding her dead was terrible. The look of malevolent anticipation on Jack's face as he opened the door to the utility room had prepared me for something --that he had
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: 11-3-16 $2.99 on kindle. Not sure for how long!

My initial reaction during the beginning of this book was, "What The Hell Is Going On." I knew it wasn't good and I had an idea but ideas are never totally what your thinking.

Jack Angel is a lawyer and his wife Grace used to be a lot of things but she's not any more. Oh, she's the perfect hostess when people are allowed to come over, but things are never what they seem. When I found out what was going on, all I could see was kill him! NOW!
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Whew! This was certainly one creepy and screwed up story. I expected it to be really messed up, but not in quite the way that it was. A pervasive sense of uneasiness stayed with me the entire time that I was reading this book. Creepy...Very creepy.

The book opens with a dinner party at Jack and Grace's home. Jack is a successful attorney, well-known for advocating for battered women. Grace is the soft-spoken, elegant wife. Everything about th
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris from NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and to B.A. Paris for the opportunity.

"Gaslighting". Flip the switch. Move over Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman. This one is lit up and burning bright.

Jack and Grace Angel appear to be in love and so taken with one another. A dinner party showcases Grace's extraordinary culinary fete and highlights Jack's lavish attention upon his wife and their guests. Their p
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is perfect proof as to why i think people who get married to someone they have known less than six months are completely out of their minds.

maybe ive been reading some pretty farfetched mysteries/thrillers lately, but this felt pretty realistic and plausible, which is probably why i enjoyed it so much. i think psychological thrillers that make you think ‘holy crap… this could happen to me.’ are the best kind of thrillers. and although i have a non-negotiable long engagement rule, this
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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* 4.5 Stars*

Jack and Grace have the perfect marriage, right? Well, scratch the veneer a little, and there's something really evil lurking beneath.
Grace is something of a trophy wife for Jack. And as for Jack, I can't really say HOW I feel about him. No, I really CAN'T say how I feel about him, because it would set me off on a rant, and I'd probably give the whole darn plot away! Let's just say that you wouldn't want to be married to him - no way. This is a chilling, claustrophobic, psychological
5 oh oh oh stars!

Holy moly what a ride!! I HAD to find out what happened, so seriously, I stayed in bed until NOON, with no thoughts of family, friends, or world chaos. Dry eye made the words blurry, but who cares? And food? Is that really necessary? My only necessity was finding out how this story turned out, to get me out of the claustrophobic terror created by a holy-shit psychopath. It was some tense!

This guy Jack is one sick psycho. Just when I think he can’t get any worse, he outdoes hims
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I have voted in 2 categories for this book in the 2016 Goodreads awards and with good reason!

You know that couple that looks SO perfect for each other?

The ones that click together in every way when you see them and you feel a jealous twang that you don't have the same thing? Sometimes what you see on the outside can be very deceptive, never ever judge a book by it's cover, always read the fine print in the middle.

Behind Closed Doors is a chilling and atmospheric psychological thriller that I pr
I’m not sure if my expectations were hijacked by the hype or if some of the other thrillers/suspense novels I’ve read this year have set the bar really high, but either way, this didn’t exactly work for me. I’m not saying it was awful or poorly written, it just wasn’t anything I would consider special. It didn’t wow me.

For about the first 100 pages, I was all in. Sitting on the edge of my seat, excited to see how things were going to unfold with Grace and Jack. By all appearances they had the pe
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars

An page turning debut novel but a ridiculously flawed conclusion.

There seems to be a great deal of new releases on the best sellers lists for psychological-thriller style novels about relationships between married couples and they all seem to be readable but quite mediocre and this was among one of three that I downloaded that has fantastic reviews but failed to deliver a satisfying and credible ending.

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace, successful, newly married, devoted t
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(2.5?) There's no way I can review this book without sounding like an asshole but I'll try.

Boring. Unmemorable.

You're following the story of a woman who's in an abusing relationship. Classic bait and switch. As soon as she gets married to him, she realizes he's a monster. However, even if the audiobook narrator did a great job, I just had troubling caring much about her or feeling like she didn't have opportunities to get out of there...

Wasn't for me. Wouldn't recommend.
Wendy Darling
Enjoyable, even though the psychological pathology and methodology really don't make any sense. But it's written in a way that keeps the pages turning, even if the plotting and details are a bit loose and the characterization not hugely complex.

I'm a little surprised to see this described as "terrifying" and other such adjectives, though. Maybe I've been too hardened by other thrillers and life to find it that exciting. But I liked the book overall, especially the note on which it ended.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
HOLY MACARONI! 4.5 stars! This book, seriously... I was emotionally gripped from page one. I think I could have read it in one sitting but unfortunately, life got in the way of that. It was quite hard to put this book down. I thoroughly enjoyed the back and forth of the way the story went. The author set this story up perfectly and I felt as if I could see it playing out in my mind. THIS SO NEEDS TO BE A MOVIE! It was emotionally gripping and I felt like I could have been psychologically examine ...more
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This world has many sorts of closed doors. Some of them people close on themselves, others on people closest to them and on other pepople in general. The most scary part is that I know for a fact that many people's lives either use or are used in some or other variation of such techniques'.

Another dangerous idea implicitly described here is that people tend to be inflexible in their worldview. Just ask someone homeless how 'easy' it is to upgrade back to home life. Ask someone getting better af
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I have read some fantastic books so far this year. This year I have a feeling is going to be awesome. I finished last year on a high and this year has started on a high for just awesomeness in book material.

Jack & Grace

They seem the most perfect of couples. Surely you have experienced it. The typically "forever happy, never row, never have a cross word, smiley at each other, gooey eyed seemingly perfect couple".

Do you get envious?
Or do you think "hmm yeah yeah"

I am sure there are cou
Andrew Smith
Jan 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The book opens at a dinner party, held at Jack and Grace’s ‘perfect’ house. Jack is a successful lawyer, Grace an ex-buyer for the upmarket Harrods store, in London. The meal has been brilliantly prepared by Grace, though it’s clear she had to expend much more energy than she’d wanted to deliver to Jack’s expected standard. One of the guests is a new acquaintance of Jack’s and his wife is making slightly bitchy comments to Grace and asking her a series of questions about her life and her relatio ...more
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris is a 2016 St. Martin’s Press publication.

Behind Closed doors is yet another outstanding debut novel, and one that came highly recommended to me by folks who understand my taste in books.

The story sucked me in swiftly, delivering that jarring blow to my psyche, and then pumping up the adrenaline with a blood pounding intensity, leaving me with sweaty palms and my heart racing at warp speed.

Grace has a handsome, devoted husband, a beautiful house, and by all ap
Charlotte May
I don’t know whether to be majorly impressed that such a terrifying character could exist, even in fiction.
Or whether to just throw the book across the room.

"When I see him standing there, I feel as dismayed as I always do at how normal he looks, because surely there should be something - pointed ears or a pair of horns - to warn people of his evilness."

4 stars ⭐️

This was a wild ride! Jack and Grace seem to have the perfect marriage on the outside, perfect home, perfect life, but all is not
3.5 Stars. This guy is SICK!

The perfectly plotted lie from movie-star handsome and brilliant lawyer Jack Angel turns Grace's day-to-day life upside down. Disbelief, shock and panic turn her honeymoon to Thailand into a living hell, but its what happens upon their return home that awakened my hatred for this sicko wishing him a long and painful death.

"It was then that I didn't only vow to kill Jack, but to make him suffer as he had made Molly suffer."

After the initial introduction and hasty m

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B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, Bring Me Back and The Dilemma. Having sold over a million copies in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a Sunday Times bestseller. Her books have been translated into 40 languages. Having lived in France for many years, she and her husband recently moved back to the UK.
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