UK Publishing Date: 11 Feb 2016. 352 pages.
I was quite surprised when I just checked the number of pages for this review because Behind Closed Doors felt like quite a short book. In reality it isn’t it just keeps you turning the pages so quickly that it feels shorter than it is.
Jack and Grace are seemingly the perfect couple. They have an amazing house where they host fabulous dinner parties, all catered by Grace herself. Jack is a successful lawyer specialising in cases where he prosecutes people who abuse women. He is handsome and attentive. She is elegant and beautiful. They have a perfect lifestyle. On the outside.
In a similar style to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl this book weaves two different timelines together. One from the present day and the other starting at the beginning, when Grace and Jack first met. They cleverly reference each other adding to the sense of tension and menace.
I did find myself wanting to shout at Grace unable to believe that she could be so stupid at various parts in the story. You could imagine Jack getting away with everything fifty years ago but it felt a bit far-fetched that someone could slip through the cracks so easily in this day and age.
The biggest issue for me was the point at which the book finishes. It stops short of a conclusive ending and while it is up to the reader to come to their own suppositions it felt a little lazy to me. It is an entertaining psychological thriller but lacks a reality check and ends up a little clichéd.
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