I did a thing where I read a book in one sitting. I haven’t done that since I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was refreshing. I won’t lie – 15 year old me is highfiving me right now.
It’s been a while since I sat down with a good book. Usually, I spend my evenings blogging or working and when I go to bed, I find it super hard to switch off. My head is exploding with thoughts and my never ending to do list. So when we got back from Berlin on Tuesday afternoon, I was happy to receive an Amazon birthday parcel from Ms Mistry and open it to reveal 2 books I couldn’t wait to read. Feeling full of a cold, I grabbed a green tea and went off to bed with Rufus to divulge in Behind Closed Doors.
Behind Closed Doors is a mix between Gone Girl and Unravelling Oliver. It’s a psychological thriller about the marriage of Jack and Grace. Jack is a successful lawyer who specializes in domestic violence, whilst Grace is a housewife who looks after their wonderful home in Surrey. They come across as the perfect, successful couple who are in separable. They host dinner parties, visit Grace’s little sister Millie who has downs syndrome and go away on expensive holidays to Thailand. All seems perfect, luxurious and what more could you want?
Paris switches the chapters of the story between the present day and the past, being the start of Jack and Grace’s relationship. At first, Jack is the perfect boyfriend to Grace – handsome, polite, has a wonderful job and always treating her. Most of all, he understands how important Millie is to Grace and that once Millie is 18, Grace will have full responsibility of her. Grace knows not many partners will be so accepting of her little sister so is swept off her feet when Jack accepts Millie for who she is. But the chapters telling the present day, Jack is holding Grace prisoner in her own home. Keeping her locked up in a bedroom, telling her what she can and can’t wear and breaking her spirit day at a time.
The book is a super quick read. I was desperately turning the pages wanting to know Grace’s fate. Although, I found some aspects of the novel a little unbelievable and some topics felt they weren’t researched thoroughly, I still enjoyed the novel. The characters were built wonderfully. One of the most important aspects of the book is that things aren’t as they always seem and that you don’t ever know what is going on behind closed doors. (no pun intended)
So, if you’re after a book for a HYGGE night with a blanket and a hot chocolate, I would definitely recommend!