Behind Closed Doors: A Stunning Psychological Thriller by B. A. Paris – Book Review

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Author: B. A. Paris

Release Date: August 9, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Thiller, Psychological Suspense

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS…

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

MY REVIEW: 5 TERRIFYING STARS

There are novels you can’t put down — and there are others you HAVE to put down simply to take your next breath and wrap your mind around the story. Behind Closed Doors is a genuinely terrifying, powerful, compelling thriller with relentless, mind-blowing suspense that was so intense I found myself walking away more than once. But it’s so well-written that once you engage in the story, you can’t help but hang on for dear life until the end. It’s an incredibly dark, twisted tale with an antagonist so deeply disturbed he will haunt you for days after you put it down. I don’t believe I’ve ever hated an antagonist more; nor could I find anything to redeem him, or any way to justify how he grew up to become his new wife’s ultimate nightmare.

The story is one of devious, calculated manipulation, from start to finish; a reminder that “if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.” The heroine, Grace, is held captive by the force of sheer terror, and a deep fear of what might happen to her vulnerable young sister, Millie, if she doesn’t comply with the demands of her deeply psychopathic husband. Outwardly, Jack Angel is a self-sacrificing, generous, charming, successful attorney who represents women in abusive relationships. He’s never lost a case, never shown a sign of weakness in his relentless pursuit of perfection. But behind closed doors, as the title implies, Jack is the personification of the pure evil all women fear…the monster behind the mask. Grace is powerless to expose him for what he truly is. He’s crossed every ‘T’ and dotted every ‘i’ in crafting the perfect scenario to keep her captive and take everything she loves away from her before it’s all over.

There is very little overt violence in the story, and although it deals with domestic abuse, it’s not of a sexual or violent nature. Rather, it’s the worst form of emotional torture and psychological terror imaginable. It’s the systematic, meticulous breakdown of the human spirit and the will to survive. It’s a carefully executed plan to instill helplessness and hopelessness in a victim to the point that she loses the desire and the capacity to fight back, and it appears flawless. The conclusion seems to be obvious. But is it? That’s the question that will keep you reading long into the night.

Behind Closed Doors is a debut novel well worth reading. It is incredibly, frightfully plausible, with an intensity unmatched by any other contemporary thriller I’ve read this year…or last. While frequently compared to Gone Girl, it goes beyond in delivering a flawlessly executed, heart-pounding conclusion. It taunts, teases, twists and lingers in the mind for days. It may be intensely difficult to read, and seem impossible to finish with your sanity intact. Fortunately, despite the psychological cruelty portrayed in the story, the tenacity of the heroine gives the reader hope and a reason to believe that she will prevail before it’s too late to escape a fate worse than death.

Readers, be warned; this is a no-holds-barred thriller that will haunt you for days – perhaps weeks. But I guarantee, you’ll never forget it. If you love stories that drag you to hell and back, give you hope, then snatch it away until you think you can’t stand the tension anymore…don’t wait to check out Behind Closed Doors. It’s a knock-out.

Meet B. A. Paris

Photo of author B A ParisB A Paris grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel. Her next novel, The Breakdown, is set to release in 2017. She sold the movie rights to Behind Closed Doors after its release – follow her on social media for updates.

 

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1:05 a.m.: A Compelling Dystopian Military Romance by C. M. Moore

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by C. M. Moore

Genre: Dystopian Military Romance

Series: Ice Era Chronicle (Book 1)

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front cover, 1:05 amYearning for a normal life, assassin Karmen-Marie has had enough. Enough of surviving contracted hits, and enough of the post-apocalyptic world. Forced to take one last job, Karma sets out across the frozen landscape of Earth.

Rea MacBain’s job is to ensure the safety of Earth’s precious few water purification plants. He believes his abusive past must stay buried under the snow that encases his domain.

A single bullet will send Karma and Rea in a direction they’d never expected. Ice cold assassin’s blood drives the woman sent to kill him, yet it ignites the fire which thaws Rea’s heart.

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MEET C. M. MOORE

C.M. Moore is a retired soldier, and a romantic at heart. After being blown up in Afghanistan and receiving a purple heart; he began writing. Connor’s first book 1:05 am is a mixture of love, sex, and action. Today if you are looking for Connor, you can find him volunteering with veteran organizations, and harassing his military buddies. You can also find him attempting to “hunt” in the woods and ponds of Minnesota. In the event you find him in the woods, don’t be scared, he can’t hit anything.

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Constellation

by Jennifer Locklear

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 20

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She’s intelligent, beautiful, and emotionally numb.
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Up-and-coming executive, Kathleen Brighton is ready to launch her family’s firm into the next level of success. Polished and professional on the outside, Kathleen’s personal life is a source of constant struggle and letdown. But after one night alone with Jack Evans, her sexy new colleague, her life takes a turn toward erotic intensity.

Torn between her instinct to guard herself and her irresistible desire for Jack, Kathleen has only known heartache. And when she finds herself in the middle of a shattering personal crisis, she must trust fragile and uncertain bonds to survive. Will Kathleen conquer the demons of her past to find a future worth fighting for?

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Jennifer Locklear lives in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. She married her high school sweetheart, Morgan, in 1995. She is the mother of two children, a son and daughter.

Jennifer enjoyed creative writing as an adolescent, but set aside her favorite hobby to concentrate on college studies, career and family. In 2010, she rediscovered her passion for writing when her husband recruited her to edit his own stories. They co-authored and published their debut novel, Exposure, in 2014.

Since 2000, Jennifer has been employed in fundraising and development for a non-profit organization. She has been a contributing reviewer for the “Bookish Temptations” book blog and is a founding moderator of “Argyle Empire,” an approved fan site for author Sylvain Reynard.
She also enjoys participating in charitable activities, both locally and online.

Constellation is Jennifer’s first solo novel.

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