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Publisher's Summary

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

Jack has looks and wealth; Grace has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

Sometimes the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

©2016 Bernadette MacDougall (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"This book just has to be huge.... I flew through it in two breathless sittings. Quite simply: astounding." (S. J. I. Holliday, author of Black Wood)

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Craaaaazzzyyyyy

Thriller.... he got what he deserved..... sweet justice. I can't think who in his right mind can think up the details to such a crazy story...

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Main character is incredibly frustrating

This story is easy and fast to get through. But the story itself is full of holes. The protagonist is incredibly frustrating!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Well worth the read/listen

Brilliant, gripping!!!! Very well read.
Worth the read/listen not a book I would usually read but this one had me hooked all the way through

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Frighteningly , sad

Frighteningly, sad story that kept me riveted until the end . I can't say I enjoyed it , but I would recommend it as a book worth listening to

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  • M F Herbert
  • 04-23-16

WOW !!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book ! It was gripping from the start and I couldn't put it down ! I finally finished it at 2 in the morning and then wished I'd taken it slower ! I cant wait for her next book

What other book might you compare Behind Closed Doors to, and why?

It brought to mind Apple tree yard , where being brought down so low brought out the determination for revenge

What does Georgia Maguire bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The feeling of complete and utter helplessness and being totally at someone else's mercy

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Millie made me laugh at times , what a clever girl ! At times it made me fearful for Grace I wanted to shout' don't he'll punish you !

Any additional comments?

It would make a great movie

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Jill
  • 04-20-16

gripping from start to finish

this story is so moving you won't put it down, just shows what really can happen in the walls of a seemingly loving home!!

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • David Cooke
  • 04-29-16

moving and scary

this is a great book. i really enjoyed the story even though sometimes i felt I was going to cry as things go from bad to worse. will recommend this to others. the performance of the reader is great and really puts across the feeling of the protagonist. loved it

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Chrissisue
  • 04-26-16

Utterly gripping

This was such a well crafted story I felt I was there with the narrator. I want to listen to it again immediately;

26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne Sarkar
  • 08-28-16

Ridiculous plot!

I kept going with this in the hope that there would be a twist at the end. It was such an unbelievable plot, that it was actually becoming quite frustrating to listen to. It was well read & parts of the description were good, but overall not worth listening to.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Hannah
  • 07-09-16

Weak

Started off promising but turned out to be very disappointing. Whole story lacked substance making it very unbelievable & a bit silly.
Grace came across as weak & stupid rather than someone who was abused & controlled. All of the characters lacked depth.
It was poorly written & I don't think the narrator helped. I listened until the end as wanted to know what would happen so I guess that is one positive however the ending was disappointing too. In fact the whole thing was just silly rather than a thriller!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Alex
  • 11-18-16

Dire, Unconvincing Melodrama

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who inhabit an alternative reality where email and mobile telephones don't exist.

Would you ever listen to anything by B A Paris again?

Possibly. The writing was not terrible, but the plot was wholly implausible.

How could the performance have been better?

Better material would have helped. The narrator is playing an implausibly helpless woman - and that can't be easy.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Eye-rolling incredulity

32 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicola
  • 10-10-16

Just didnt empathise with main character

What did you like best about Behind Closed Doors? What did you like least?

Best - I'm struggling to be truthful. Least - I just didnt empathise with the main character, she was just too 'wonderful' and 'goody goody' and fabulously clever / thoughtful/ well-off..... and... boring. Thankfully it felt like the author got bored of writing at some point and speedily wrapped it up.

Would you ever listen to anything by B A Paris again?

Based on this it is unlikley

Would you listen to another book narrated by Georgia Maguire?

Not for me

Was Behind Closed Doors worth the listening time?

Sorry, it wasn't the worst, but I did find my self continually checking on how long was left and being a bit exasperated that there was still a chunk of time to go

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • scotpotter
  • 10-09-16

Drags on....and on....and on!

What disappointed you about Behind Closed Doors?

An unlikely scenario is proposed in the early stages of the book which is never adequately explained. Instead the reader is treated to the same plot devices over and over like a stuck record. There is a tiny twist at the end but it is such a tiny twist that many readers, their eyes heavy with sleep, their brains exhausted by repetition, may miss it altogether.

What could B A Paris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I suspect that the writer enjoys Victorian novels as the language used seems to belong to a melodrama of that era. But the author needs to study what actually happens in 21st century Britain. People are no longer dumped in "asylums" because their family doesn't want them!

What didn’t you like about Georgia Maguire’s performance?

It was fine - she did what she could with the material.

What character would you cut from Behind Closed Doors?

None

Any additional comments?

No

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Carl
  • 11-02-16

Avoid

Poorly written, too many holes in the plot and since when do people with downs syndrome get put into mental asylums? Offensive. Also the main character is pathetic, she's either a confident woman who travels the world on behalf of Harrods alone or she's a quiet under the thumb victim, make your mind up

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • 06-05-16

Disappointing

The idea of the story line appealed to me but oh dear the main character, Grace, is such a hopeless twit. There are no shocks, no suspense but plenty of frustration and boredom. I cannot recommend this book unless you like slow, frustrating stories. Millie was the only character I warmed to and to her I would say, "I don't like George Clooney either."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-17

Loved this narrator!

The story was, on the whole, enjoyable. At times, a little too predictable, but luckily there were just enough plot twists to maintain interest. A different, less polished narrator may have led to bitter disappointment, but this girl was a joy to listen to!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-18

enjoyed this book

I found this book very easy to listen to, story was not very suspenseful full but was still worth reading

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  • Sarah
  • 05-29-18

Utterly Fantastic

I don’t often write full reviews as usually I’m dissatisfied with the book and can’t be bothered.
Every book I listen to (about 1-2 a week for the last 2 years) are rated with 4 stars or above but when I finish them I feel like they shouldn’t have been 4 stars at all and am left disappointed.
However this book “behind closed doors” really is a 5 Star masterpiece, gripping, interesting all the way through, great narrator, beautifully written and immensely pleasurable to consume.

Thoroughly thoroughly recommend !!

Haven’t enjoyed a book so much since I finished Karen Slaughters “pretty girls” years ago, so thank you B A Paris!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-17

excellent thriller

Loved every minute. The narrator had me enthralled every terrifying step of the way. Highly recommend this book.





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  • Jolene
  • 05-23-17

Great story but angered me

A great listen but some parts really made me angry at the characters. Without spoiling anything, you wonder why some characters act the way they do. Other than that, I really enjoyed it & ending was fantastic.

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  • Penny
  • 04-15-17

wouldn't recommend it.

I struggled to stay with this. kept on going but it was boring. like another reviewer grace mentioned, grace really is gutless. disappointed. the narrator was good, but couldn't save the book for me. could not finish it. waste of money

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  • Nicole
  • 02-15-17

Awesome

Loved it!! One of the best books that I've ever read!! Highly recommended! awesome read!

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  • Graham Buckton
  • 01-26-17

good story

great delivery from Georgia and creepy story but somewhat far feched as a screaming fit in public could have eneded everything .

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  • Gem
  • 01-13-17

Disturbing

I found the story a very dark and unnerving plot, the narrator does an excellent job and I was hooked straight away. I finished it in a few days but I couldn't help thinking as the story went on "I wish I didn't start this"
Excellent for those who love a thriller a bit dark for me thou.