A friend lent me this book and didn’t tell me much about it, just that I would enjoy it (we have very similar taste in books). I’m glad she didn’t go into too much detail, because you really need to read this book and discover it for yourself.
The cover of Behind Closed Doors makes no attempts to hide what it’s about – with the strap line – The perfect marriage or the perfect lie? Hmm, I wonder which one it is…
The back cover gives you more of an idea what you’re about to read by describing the couple: Jack – handsome, dedicated lawyer, loving husband and Grace – elegant, consummate housewife, prisoner.
Grace can’t believe her luck when she meets handsome, successful Jack and they soon fall in love. After a whirlwind relationship, they get married and Grace is happy to give up work to spend time with her husband. She is especially happy that Jack understands she is committed to her younger sister and happy for her to live with them.
But then things start to unravel…
You can feel the threat right from the very start of the book, during an uncomfortable dinner party, where one of the guests keeps pushing to find out if life really is as perfect for Jack and Grace as it appears.
And it all just gets scarier and scarier. This is without a doubt one of the scariest books I’ve ever read. But I won’t go into more detail and give the plot away.
I thought it was a fantastic story and I couldn’t put it down, but it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea. I should think that anyone who has experienced domestic abuse would want to give it a very wide berth.
But if you can cope with the scary aspects, I would definitely recommend Behind Closed Doors.