Behind Closed Doors
by Paris, B. A.

The friends of a seemingly perfect socialite couple begin to see cracks in the facade when they realize that the husband and wife are never apart and that there are bars on one of their upstairs windows.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author B. A. PARIS grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.

*Starred Review* The marriage of Grace Harrington and Jack Angel seemed perfect, except for what went on behind closed doors. They met in a park, when Grace took Millie, her 17-year-old Down's syndrome-afflicted sister, who was like a daughter to her, for an outing. When music from a band inspired Millie to stand up and dance alone, Jack got up to take Millie's hand and dance with her, charming Grace in the process. So when Jack-a movie-star-handsome London lawyer who had never lost a case on behalf of battered wives-proposed marriage, Grace accepted with delight, especially since he pledged to bring Millie to live with them once her institutional schooling ended the following year. But Grace's rapture ended on her wedding night. On their honeymoon trip to Thailand, Jack made clear his psychopathic plans, using Grace's deep love for Millie as leverage in concocting a scheme that seemed as foolproof as it was depraved to achieve his desired satisfaction. Debut-novelist Paris adroitly toggles between the recent past and the present in building the suspense of Grace's increasingly unbearable situation, as time becomes critical and her possible solutions narrow. This is one readers won't be able to put down.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Published earlier in the U.K., this has gotten rave reviews and topped the best-seller list, with movie rights sold. Expect similar success on this side of the Atlantic. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Behind the facade of a perfect English marriage, a woman is held prisoner by her dashing husband.Grace thought her life would eventually revolve around the care of her younger sister, Millie, who has Down syndrome, and if she could find a man she loved along the way, all the better. She didn't expect to be swept off her feet by the charismatic Jack Angel, a chivalrous Prince Charming who dotes on Millie as much as he seems to love Grace. After a whirlwind courtship, Grace and Jack get married, though the affair doesn't go entirely smoothly, with Millie tumbling down the stairs hours before the ceremony and breaking her leg. It isn't until the couple is away in Thailand for their honeymoon that Paris begins to dole out the first bites of something sour in the relationship. Turns out that Jack, who, ironically, is an attorney specializing in defending battered women, has a penchant for psychological (and physical) torture. By shifting between the revelatory rather than romantic honeymoon and Grace's life in the present, when Jack keeps her locked in their beautiful Spring Eaton home, Paris underscores Grace's seemingly unassailable predicament, especially with Millie soon coming to live with the couple. Yet Paris undercuts her own suspense by allowing Jack to, at great length, recount his coming-to-villainy back story. Grace schemes a way to escape Jack's clutches and save Millie from the same fate, but the tension sags. An at times tense debut with a clever heroine caught in an overladen plot. Copyright Kirkus 2016 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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