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Behind Closed Doors Audiobook

Behind Closed Doors

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Publisher's Summary

The instant New York Times and USA Today bestselling debut psychological thriller you can't miss!

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

"A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night." —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl

"This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself." —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)

"The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver." —The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's 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. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it's 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 doesn't 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 what's 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.

©2016 B. A. Paris (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive.... A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night." (Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Good Girl)

"This outstanding debut novel will leave you breathless." (Bella)

"Brilliant, chilling, scary and unputdownable." (Lesley Pearse, best-selling author of Without a Trace)

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    Andre M. Gorelkin New York, NY United States 09-04-16
    Andre M. Gorelkin New York, NY United States 09-04-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Slow start but a gripping experience"

    I highly recommend this book for fans of psychological thrillers. I would warn that it is a frightening story, and while not frankly violent, there is some upsetting content regarding abuse.
    I'd also suggest that the listener needs to be patient for the story to get off the ground. In my opinion, the author spent far too much time laying groundwork when the issues are pretty obvious for anyone with the least bit of skeptical disbelief of 'perfect' appearing existences.
    This book straddles the horror genre as well- I've just finished and find myself with an ongoing sense of dread and fear that built as I listened. For anyone who says that this 'could not happen'- think again. And

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    Ann 08-15-16
    Ann 08-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow"

    Wow...I've listened to MANY audio books and never felt the need to write a review after I was done. But this book definitely deserves recognition! I could not stop listening!!! It was intense, nail biting...all the way till the very end. The details were so well written that I actually felt like I was living in the moment of the story. I could not stop listening. At first I thought ok, this will be just a regular suspense story...starting of with the details of each character. But within 2 hours into it, I was hooked! Written VERY WELL, narrated VERY WELL!

    234 of 255 people found this review helpful
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    Lady J 09-16-16
    Lady J 09-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very enjoyable psychological thriller"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this! Stressed me out and enraged me but in a good way. you will b rooting for the main character. I couldn't stop listening to it. my fave book I've listened to in a long time! Gonna tell everyone I know to read or listen to it so that it will b made into a movie!

    71 of 78 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 03-28-17
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 03-28-17 Member Since 2014

    I listen to something educational on my way to work to wake myself up, and listen to a page-turner on my way home to stay alert on the road!

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    "2-Star Story; 4-Star Narration"

    Although I stuck with this one to the bitter end out of sheer morbid curiosity, I can't honestly recommend it for anyone. The story merits only two stars; the third star is for the narrator, who does the best she can, god bless her, though even she can't save this clunker. This story--which reads like a high school creative writing assignment--is so implausible and so humorless that it already feels like a VERY tough slog even before the puppy is tortured and killed. Nuff said? In case you need more reasons to avoid this book, here are some more:

    *You'll be jolted immediately out of your willing suspension of disbelief when the main character, who is indeed every bit as doltish as other reviewers have suggested, casually reveals that she accepted Jack's marriage proposal even though she'd only known him three months and they'd never even had sex once, let alone lived together.

    *I began very early on to wish that the author had to give me a dollar for every time she used the word "perfect" or any derivation thereof (perfection, imperfection, perfectly, imperfectly, imperfections, perfecting, etc.). If she had done so, I'd have had enough money for a two-night stay in Mendocino by the end of the book.

    *The book is very poorly researched. For example, any SLP (or developmental psychologist, pediatrician, or parent of a student with Down syndrome) could have informed the author that if an individual with Down syndrome were to somehow be so intellectually advanced as to fully comprehend Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" (not to mention use it as a blueprint to hatch her own murder plot), she would NOT also have the expressive language characteristics of a toddler and speak telegraphically, as in "It yellow" and "He bad man."

    Conclusion: Just say no. Grade: C- or D+

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 09-25-16
    Kelly 09-25-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Upsetting"

    Probably the most upsetting audiobook I've ever listened to. Any story where something bad happens to a puppy is not great. Would have been better if it was a little less horrifying and a little more three-dimensional. As it's written it's less psychological thriller and more campy horror movie.

    58 of 66 people found this review helpful
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    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 10-08-16
    Eric MALIBU, CA, United States 10-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A solution that works if it is too hard to listen"

    After reading the initial description, I felt this this book reminded me a bit of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. As the story unfolded in opening chapters, one wondered when the darkness would enter the story. When it inevitably did, this turned out to be a very different story than Big Little Lies. Reviewers who are incredulous at the premise have every reason to be, but I suspect the psychological torture in the story is present in modern society in human stories that are just as incredible. The author cleverly and elegantly closed off all the options for Grace and Millie's escape, doing so as effectively as one could to scaffold the story.

    Still, once the darkness entered the story I could not go on much more than 30-60 minutes before throwing in the towel. It was too dark and uncomfortable and I figured I would just return the credit. Yet, reviews promised a great ending, and I considered the ending in Big Little Lies to be perhaps the most multilayered and well-structured ending to a novel I could imagine reading. Could this also have a great ending?

    So I decided I could try to skip the middle four hours of the story, and pickup with something like an hour forty left in the story. It worked for me. I just can't listen to that much darkness and I assumed that is all it would be, replete with creative ways to make Grace's situation seem even more hopeless. In the expectation that perhaps the ending would be great, and that I knew enough of the storyline to pickup the last fifth or sixth of the story, I decided at least to give it a try. The ending was indeed very well done, and while nothing in this genre is going to match Big Little Lies, it had enough intricacies and layers - right up to and including the last three letter word in the book - for me to give the book a strong overall rating. It was worth the credit to me, even if I skipped the middle half of the book which I assumed would be too psychologically gruesome for me to bear. It was a good way to manage the listen.

    31 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Sue 10-04-16
    Tammy Sue 10-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The more I listened, the more I got annoyed"

    It was a great story at first. But the more I listened, the more I got annoyed with the main character being such a wimp and twit. I could tell it was going to all work out in the end, and I just got weary waiting for it to get there.

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    Caren S. Knox-Hundley Charlotte, NC, United States 10-26-16
    Caren S. Knox-Hundley Charlotte, NC, United States 10-26-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Unbelievable and Unbelievably Brutal (dog killing)"

    I was intrigued by the first part of the book, but after the wedding, things just got too far out there and completely unbelievable. People did not act or react like real people would; it just became too far-fetched to continue. I may have soldiered on until the end, but when Jack's torturous killing of a dog became evident, I stopped right there, before it was fully revealed. This is a needlessly cruel book.

    The narrator was very talented with accents, but had a habit of whispering the final words Jack spoke when he was being cruel, and that became very annoying in short order.

    I'm so glad Audible has a generous return policy, it actually felt good to delete this one from my queue.

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    Amazon Customer 08-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Worth a Credit"

    The end of this story is worth the read/listen. I did have some issues with behavior of a woman who was intelligent, well traveled for her job and living an independent life before she meets " the man of her dreams ". After that I was puzzled by her choice. I don't want to give anything away but I'm curious how others will view her actions after she realizes he's not who she thought. From my point of view after he gave her the choice to go with him or get out of the car, I would have been out of that car so fast his head would spin. I feel she knew enough of the situation to get away now!! of course then there would be no story. I kept reading because I really needed to find out what happened in the end. I think some will really like this suspenseful listen, others not so much. The ending was worth the read and I will recommend it for that reason.

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    Adnan Abbas 09-06-16
    Adnan Abbas 09-06-16
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    "A "page turner", but...."
    What did you like best about Behind Closed Doors? What did you like least?

    Even though the book is told with "present" and "past" alternating, it was still quite fast paced and enjoyable. The book is let down by one of the absolute dumbest lead characters I've ever read. She could have been out of her predicament in 5 minutes if she acted like a normal human. The antagonist also comes off as dumb for his schemes, but it only works because the lead character is such a dullard.


    104 of 123 people found this review helpful

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