Behind Closed Doors: A Novel (Paperback)
August 2016 Indie Next List
“Jack is charming and handsome, but underneath his cool exterior is a brutal psychopath who thrives on terrifying others. His wife, Grace, found out too late that he is a monster who seeks to control everything she does. Even her sister, Millie, a handicapped young woman who depends on Grace, is part of Jack's vicious plan. Paris has crafted a riveting, intense tale that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page.”
— Stephanie Crowe (W), Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING DEBUT PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU CAN'T MISS!
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
âA hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.â âMary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl
âThis is one readers wonât be able to put down.â âBooklist (starred review)
"A canât-put-down psychological thriller.â âLibrary Journal (starred review)
âThis debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.â âBustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)
âThe sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.â âThe Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post
âThis was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.â âSan Francisco Book Review
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. Heâs 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. Youâre hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. Youâd like to get to know Grace better.
But itâs 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 doesnât 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 whatâs 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.
About the Author
B.A. PARIS is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, Bring Me Back, The Dilemma, and The Therapist. Having lived in France for many years, she and her husband now live in the UK. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher, and she has five daughters.
An August 2016 Best Books of the Month by Real Simple magazine
An August 2016 Indie Next pick and LibraryReads list pick
An August 2016 Book Club Pick by Popsugar: âPerfect for fans of The Girl on the Train!â
As seen featured in The Skimmâs newsletter: âItâll have you page turning âtil the end.â
âIf youâre hunting for a thriller to give you chills in August, look no further than this book, which is already a big hit in the U.K.â âReal Simple magazine
âThis debut is guaranteed to haunt you â especially if youâre about to tie the knot. Parisâs thriller asks the question: âThe perfect marriage or the perfect lie?â Jack and Grace, the couple at the center of this totally enthralling novel, are so clearly not what they seem youâll have no choice but to read and read and read until their darkest secrets are revealed. Warning: brace yourself.â âBustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)
âA gripping domestic thrillerâŠthe sense of believability and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.â âThe Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post
âB.A. Paris takes the clichĂ© about not knowing what goes on beyond closed doors to nightmarish placeâŠ. Each chapter escalates the tensions and stakes faced by Grace in the nightmare that is her new âperfectâ marriage to Jack.â âHuffington Post
âBehind Closed Doors takes a classic tale to a whole new levelâŠThis was one of the best and [most] terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever readâŠeach chapter brings you further in, to the point where you feel how Grace must feel. The desperation, the feeling that no one will believe you and yet still wanting to fight because someone you care deeply about will get hurt.â âSan Francisco Book Review
âParis grabs the reader from the beginning with a powerful and electrifying tale. Behind Closed Doors, a novel sure to make one's skin crawl, also reveals no one truly knows what does go on behind closed doors.ââNew York Journal of Books
âThis dark and twisted thriller will keep you on your toes and have you wondering exactly what goes on behind your neighborâs door.ââBuzzfeed (â6 Thriller/Mystery Reads That Will Have You Sleeping With the Lights Onâ)
âReally freaking creepy. And really good. Until the end, which was an honest gasp and imaginary pearl clutching moment. Yes, that good. Reader, if you want to read the thriller that enthralled even this jaded soul, pick up Behind Closed Doors by BA ParisâŠ. Then draw the blinds and turn off your phone because you will not want any interruptions.ââ LitHub (â18 Books You Should Read This Augustâ)
âDebut-novelist Paris adroitly toggles between the recent past and the present in building the suspense of Graceâs increasingly unbearable situation, as time becomes critical and her possible solutions narrow. This is one readers wonât be able to put down.â âBooklist (starred review)
âMaking her smash debut, Paris [keeps] the suspense level high. In the same vein as Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, this is a canât-put-down psychological thriller.â âLibrary Journal (starred review)
âNewlyweds Grace and Jack Angel seem to lead a perfect life in British author Parisâs gripping debut, but appearances can be deceiving...Graceâs terror is contagious, and Millieâs impending peril creates a ticking clock that propels this claustrophobic cat-and-mouse tale toward its grisly, gratifying conclusion.â âPublishers Weekly
âA frighteningly cool portrait of a serious sadist, Behind Closed Doors is a gripping, claustrophobia-inducing thriller... Read at the risk of running from every handsome British lawyer who crosses your path.â âRomantic Times
âThis book proves that looks are most definitely deceiving...Disturbing, to say the least, readers will definitely be shaken as the story commences and they become immediately absorbed. The writing was incredible, and the pace is quick, offering up too many chills to count...Behind Closed Doors screams: âStay single!ââ âSuspense Magazine
âB.A. Parisâs debut, Behind Closed Doors, is a chilling confirmation of the adage that no one ever really knows what transpires in other people's private livesâŠ. Paris has created one of the most heinous villains in recent memory, upon whom even the most pacifist of readers might wish torturous revenge. Theyâll likely remain behind their own closed doors as they race through this thriller to see how, or if, the nightmare ends.â âShelf Awareness
"This book just has to be huge in 2016. I flew through it in two breathless sittings. Quite simply: astounding." âS.J.I. Holliday, author of Black Wood
"This outstanding debut novel will leave you breathless." âBella
"This one is 2016's answer to Gone Girl. Nuff said." âWomen's Health UK
"It took me just an afternoon to read this book and by the end, my heart was pounding. If you like fast and frantic stories, you'll love this." âThe Sun
"Behind Closed Doors is an intriguing, sharply gripping debut thriller." âLovereading.co.uk
"An utterly compelling journey through the darker side of the human psyche. Your blood will run cold but you won't be able to stop reading, I promise you that." âSarah Harper, Lovereading reviewer
"This has been one of my best reads EVER and will be huge in 2016. Congratulations to B A Paris on a remarkable debut book." âShelley Bennett, The Book Club member