Book Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
As the school year started winding down here in the desert Southwest, I needed a quick page-turner to escape into. This thriller did the trick.
If you've read the plot summary, then you know the novel opens with this seemingly perfect couple Jack and Grace Angel entertaining friends at a dinner party they're hosting in their perfect house complete with marble kitchen counters, an antique grate in the fireplace, leather sofas, and walls covered with beautiful paintings.
The horror you suspect from what little you've gleaned from the summary is probably correct. Within the first pages, Grace alludes to cruel circumstances that will confirm your suspicions.
For one piece of the awfulness.
Once I started turning pages, I found it difficult to stop. The true savagery of this novel was revealed slowly. The contrast in my reading speed versus dreadful detail revelations worked in favor of me suspending my disbelief.
A few times I found myself rationalizing how I would handle this situation so much better than Grace. But then some new gruesome information would come out and I eventually gave up trying to second guess this character who I truly liked and grew to respect.
I flew through this book in three and a half reading sessions. I was down to the last thirty pages when I realized I had to go to work, so I was forced to wait until after earning some kibble for the final "half" session.
Without being spoilery, I will state that Millie, Grace's much younger sister with Down's Syndrome, was one of my favorite characters. Her portrayal as a character who was more clever than people gave her credit for was just brilliant. Millie kicked ass!
And the resolution was perfect. In that last "half" reading session, I knew that the book was almost over, but I found myself drawn into the final scene as if there were so many details to work out still.
However, the final scene tied up the loose ends and gave a complete sense of closure, including an emotional closure for me that left me with the reminder that paying attention to details, remembering information, and just generally being situationally aware are all good things.