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Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
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Apr 24, 2017

really liked it
bookshelves: 2017, age-adult, realistic, thriller, audiobooks

By all outer appearances, Grace has the perfect marriage. But behind closed doors, her husband Jack is a monster. For a year Grace has been literally held prisoner in her house, fearing the day when her sister Millie, a teen with Down's Syndrome, finishes school and comes to live with them, for Jack has plans for Millie. And so far, Grace hasn't been able to escape...

This book was a rollercoaster of emotions. The opening sets the reader up to know that something isn't quite right about how perfect Jack and Grace are, and Grace's flashbacks to when she first met Jack and his courting her sound equally as perfect. But from the minute they are married - or even just a few moments before - Jack's sadistic nature comes out, and then it's a harrowing journey into exactly how sadistic he is. The narrative goes between present and past, until the moment that the present becomes the past and we are left wondering how exactly Grace managed to do it, and will she get away? Somewhere in the middle, I found myself annoyed at Grace and her crying jags and hysterical behavior, more because it plays right into Jack's hands, and isn't that what makes being the victim of domestic abuse (in this case, largely emotional abuse) so difficult, that the woman isn't believed, or that people think she could just say something or leave, but it was true that Jack had planned well. There were also a couple of moments where I wondered little things like if she's trapped in a room with paintings on the wall, those paintings are probably hung with nails, etc. Overall, Grace's fear and isolation are what keeps her trapped, and I loved that it was (view spoiler).
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Reading Progress

January 6, 2017 – Shelved
January 6, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
April 17, 2017 – Started Reading
April 24, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
April 24, 2017 – Shelved as: age-adult
April 24, 2017 – Shelved as: realistic
April 24, 2017 – Shelved as: thriller
April 24, 2017 – Shelved as: audiobooks
April 24, 2017 – Finished Reading

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