Monday, February 27, 2017

Behind Closed Doors

 Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris Audiobook review by Tomes and Tequila Blog
For the first time in months and months, I actually have an Audiobook review for you!! Yay!! I decided to do the Free Month Trial of Audible through Amazon which gives you two free Audiobooks, with the caveat that I had to start listening while at work or on the treadmill etc. I don't have a commute to work, so I don't have as much time for Audiobooks as a lot of folks do. I barely have time for one song on my morning drive! But I enjoyed the free trial enough that I stayed on once it was up. I figured that the $14.95 monthly fee is basically the cost of one book...and with that fee you're given the credit for one as long as I'm actually listening to them, it's worth it! So my little Audible promo was basically my way of saying you'll be reading more Audiobook reviews in the future (my guess would be one a month! LOL). 😊

This month I used my credit for the book Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. I've been trying to help get a new Book Club up and running on the base here and this was their pick. It had been on my "Want To Read" list on Goodreads for quite awhile so I was super jazzed to get my hands on it finally.

The first thing you need to know about this book is that if you are bothered by physical and/or emotional abuse of any kind in your fiction, this is not the book for you. I don't feel like that's a spoiler, as it's billed as a psychological thriller similar to Gone Girl. But I do have a few friends who might be taken aback by the content of this particular thriller. I don't know if it was worse listening to it on an Audiobook, but I could see it being a little too much for some folks. Consider this my trigger warning.

Jack and Grace Angel appear to be the perfect couple. Jack is a fabulous good-looking lawyer whose never lost a case, a champion for abused women. Grace is his beautiful new wife with a big heart. She loves her 17-year old sister Millie who has Down Syndrome, and intends on taking care of her once she and her new husband have settled down and her sister is of age to leave the home she's been living in. It's the stuff jealous girl talk is made of...

But is everything as it seems?

From very early in we realize that Jack Angel isn't the champion he initially presents himself to be upon meeting and woo-ing Grace...but to say to what extent would be far too spoilerish for one of my reviews. Let me just say that this is a fast paced sinister thriller that doesn't hide a twist from you, or try to sneakily change things up just to be clever. Even listening to it, which slows down someone like me who can read faster than an Audiobook, it was still a very quick straightforward psychological thrill ride. There was just something about it that kept me rapt, waiting to see just how bad it was going to get before someone broke.
 Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris quote from review by Tomes and Tequila blog
As for structure, this is one of those books that goes back and forth between time periods, which I thought was going to be very difficult in an Audiobook but truly wasn't because it actually said "Past" at the beginning of those chapters! Kudos for setting up the book that way, as it made it far less confusing when listening. So there were no stumbling blocks for me with the format I chose...I enjoyed the narrator and she did a great job giving voice to the different characters. I will probably forever hear the name George Clooney in her Millie voice!!

I'm giving this one a solid 4 stars. I've really been enjoying suspenseful thrillers lately, and this one kept my attention. I really do wish people would stop comparing books to Gone Girl in Press Releases and promotional blurbs though. Can we just call it a Thriller now and leave Gone Girl out of it?? Please??? And I know a few people thought it read like a Lifetime movie on Audiobook, but I think that says more about the people reading it than the actual book. It deals with abuse, and I hate when people write things in reviews that are akin to "why didn't she just leave?!". But once again, as they say in Doctor Who...spoilers. 

Are you sick of books being compared to Gone Girl??? Or is it just me?? Got a good Thriller you think I need to read next? Let me know in the comments here or over on my Facebook page

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