Behind Closed Doors is a seriously sick and twisted story. At the beginning it seems like a wonderful love story. Grace meets Jack at an outdoor concert at a park where he dances with her younger sister, Millie, who has Downs Syndrome. Grace never thought she’d meet someone who would love her and understand the obligation she feels towards Millie. But Jack seems to be the most understand man on the planet. And after a quick romance, they are married and living in a remote location in the house of their dreams. To all of their friends (previously Jack’s friends) they appear to have the perfect marriage. They never fight. They host the most amazing dinner parties. They are madly in love. Or are they?
Written in alternating “Now” and “Then” chapters in Grace’s voice, we slowly begin to see the truth of their marriage. Things are seriously messed up! This story is very well written and expertly crafted, but I always wonder about writers who think up these types of disturbing stories. This book wasn’t my typical read, but I decided to give it a chance since I was sent a review copy. I kept reading because I wanted to know the resolution, but it wasn’t as suspenseful as I would have hoped. It’s kind of a slow build with an almost anticlimactic ending. I appreciated that there isn’t a crazy twist at the end which seems to be the norm in this type of book these days, but I just couldn’t get past why someone would write this type of story.
If you like this kind of book, I think you’d enjoy this title because as I said, it’s very well done. It just wasn’t really for me.
Rating: 3 Stars
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.