Content Warning – Abuse/Torture
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.
Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim? And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
This was one of the eye-opening novels as far as abuse. I was so stunned how someone can change so fast, but that this type of thing tends to happen often in the real world and it is sad. This book had me screaming as I read what Jack was doing and his sadistic game he was playing with Grace.
Your two MCs are Jack and Grace. Everyone thinks they have the perfect marriage, that nothing could be wrong. Jack is an abuser, he gets the thriller out of a woman being scared. Grace has become his next victim. Shortly after they are married, the Game begins. Jack is counting down the days till he gets Millie moved in with them. Millie is Grace’s younger sister who has Down Syndrome. Jack wants her locked in the basement so he can play games with Millie and get excited off her fear.
Grace, in the beginning, was naive and honestly dumb, but as the time went on she got smarter in Jacks game and began to outsmart him. I loved seeing her stand up to him, no matter the consequence, to protect her sister. The way she thought on her feet and came up with ways to keep him from Millie was amazing. I also thought B.A. giving Millie a voice and letting the reader know that Millie knew exactly what Jack was and trying to help Grace.
I have never Screamed at someone to die in a book so much as this one. The whole novel I just wanted Jack to burn for everything he had done. He was such an evil, sadistic bastard who deserved to die. I rooted for Grace through the entire ending of the book. What shocked me more was the friends at the end, it seemed like they all knew. My issue is if they knew why didn’t they ever step in to help Grace and was the shading in the novel really Esters doing or Jacks.
This book had me so intrigued and captured in the writing that I couldn’t put it down. I wanted so much more from it. I fell in love with B.A.’s writing and how she told the story, her way of in capturing you in what happened to the characters. I will be picking up her other novels to see if they are just as good as this one.
Have you read Behind Closed Door? What Did you think of it?