By Ewelina Szybinska
You know you came across a good psychological thriller when it affects you in some way. Behind Closed Doors makes you think twice about human behaviour. Can you tell when someone is wearing a mask? The book is a page turner and the only way you’ll be able to put it down is after you’re finished.
The book was published in 2016. It has been purchased in 38 territories and translated into many languages. The demand rose and it soon became an international bestseller.
The title caught my attention, as it indicated mystery. Something is hiding behind those closed doors and you’ll be eager to find out the truth. The author carefully organises the book into two: the present and the past. This adds to the suspense you will soon discover. You will be kept alert and all you will want to know is how it ends.
Two lovers, we have all heard of a couple like Jack and Grace. He is handsome and wealthy; she is enchanting and elegant. The life behind closed doors seems peaceful and dreamy, but what do you do when you’re married to a sadistic psychopath?
Jack Angel, a trustworthy lawyer who is seemingly devoted to his pretty wife Grace, seems to be the perfect man. You will quickly change your mind about this character. As the book progresses, the core of him burns you up so much. You wait to see him fail but success is just engraved.
Soon, Grace falls in love with the sympathy he shows towards her sister Millie, who has Downs Syndrome. The chapters provoke a rollercoaster of emotions. Grace must be careful with what she says and does to keep Millie safe, but what exactly is she keeping her safe from?
Bars cover every window. Doors are locked and the gate is closed. And that one room.
Follow Grace and her attempt to escape. It’s all a little harder when you’re kept under 24-hour surveillance without a phone. No passport or any other personal belongings. Compassion develops for the main character and you will find yourself waiting to read that she broke free from the situation she has found herself in.
A dark, disturbing read for curious minds. It reminds us that quite often, things are not what they seem to be. The thrill follows you as you turn each page. It’s a book I have read and re-read.
The million-copy bestseller is a highly recommended book by many newspapers and magazines. The critics say “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).
If there’s one book you plan to read, pick up a copy of Behind Closed Doors.