Book Review: Behind Closed Doors

This book had made its way around half of my family before it landed in my lap and when my Mum recommends a book to me I sit up and listen because let’s be honest, when are Mum’s ever wrong?!

The Plot…

Grace and Jack have the perfect marriage and the perfect life. At least that’s how it looks to the outside world. When their front door closes however it’s a whole other story. For what their friends don’t know is that Jack is keeping Grace prisoner.

Locked up in a tiny box room with no home comforts Grace must while away hours with no food and no hobbies until Jack decides to bring her out where she must play ‘the perfect wife.’

Unable to take Jack’s beatings and torture any longer Grace realises that there is only one way out. She will have to kill her husband. Behind Closed Doors follows Grace as she plots how to make her escape and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her freedom back.

The Review…

It’s not very often that you find yourself rooting for the murderer but that’s exactly what happens when you delve into Behind Closed Doors. From the word go you’re rooting for Grace to succeed and escape her husband’s clutches before it’s too late.

What I really liked about this book was that in today’s social media crazy age appearances really can be deceptive and that’s exactly the theme that this book explores. Now I’m not suggesting that the #LifeGoals Instagram accounts you follow are actually masking people being held prisoner but it does make a valid point that you never know what’s really going on ‘behind closed doors.’

As seems to be common practice for psychological thrillers these days this switches between present day and the past. As you explore the past you learn how Grace got herself to be in such a precarious situation and these flashback chapters add a whole new dimension of character development.

This was one of those books that was gripping whilst still being a relatively easy read, I whiled away my Saturday morning with this in one hand and a croissant or two in the other. The more you learnt about Jack and the torture he was putting Grace through the more you supported her and with each attempt at escape I found myself literally holding my breath to see if she would succeed.

Behind Closed Doors came to me with strong recommendations so my expectations were high and I can assure you I wasn’t disappointed.


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