***I received a free copy of this book from www.LoveReading.co.uk and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
“Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris
Can the perfect couple with the beautiful home and ideal life really be true?
I finished my previous read twelve days ago and immediately turned to this book as, enticed by the synopsis, I was eager to read it.
Regrettably, I have not had the desire to pick it up and return to its pages for over a week now. And, those first five days, were hard work too.
The plot sounded great; a perfect couple with the perfect life, too perfect it seems and with a hint of something dark and sinister at the heart of the story. I feel this is a decent tale to be found for many folk but, alas, not for me.
Grace, a young independent woman, successful in her career and capable of caring for her younger sister, suddenly becomes compliant and weak when she meets “Mr Perfect”, in the shape of Jack Angel. A whirlwind romance later and they are getting married. Every detail of their lives, and specifically Grace’s, now decided and determined by Jack. Yet, it is far from a perfect life she now leads.
I read a quarter of the book before realising that I didn’t care what caused Jack’s sudden switch from ideal suitor to brutal husband. I was a little shocked that Grace fell apart when she met Jack and the perfect marriage beckoned as her future.
Maybe it is just me but I found the characters to be unlikable, Grace especially. She seemed so weak and needy. Perhaps, in the rest of the book, she finds her earlier sparkle. Sadly, I will not be around to find out. For me this was a far from perfect read.
The Moustachioed Reader
My Rating: 1* out of 5*
Author: B.A. Paris
Publication Date: February 2016
4 Comments Add yours
I have this to read also.
I’d be interested in your opinion once you have read it. Maybe, as a male, I didn’t get how Grace fell so quickly under his “power”. Once additional gripe I had was the names, once married she becomes Grace Angel……..is the author hammering home how idyllic she seems with the use of a name?
Certainly very interested to read it now, will have to bump it up and I will let you know.
This one had some good reviews but I thought the writing was pedestrian, the plot full of holes (really, he never let her go to the bathroom by herself when they dined at friends’ homes or at a restaurant, & no-one thought that was weird?), and the characters flat and one-dimensional. I recently purchased a Kindle version of A Line of Blood, though, which you gave 3.5 stars, so I’m hoping for better things from that one!