Book Review: Behind Closed Doors

Apr 26, 2017

Have you ever seen so many mixed reviews on a novel that you become so intrigued to read it yourself? That's how I found myself purchasing Behind Closed Doors. The idea of a married couple with a super dark secret immediately had me interested in this thriller. Are they rogue spies? Domestic abusers? Criminals? Here's a short summary from Goodreads:
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?


Pros: This novel does a great job at throwing you into scenes quickly. There was always a sense of excitement no matter the pace, which helped me glide through chapters easily. I enjoyed learning about such distinct characters: gullible friends, skeptical friends, evil people, and hopeless people are what make the story fun. The sequence jumps back and forth through past and present tense. I liked this, as it's a great method of creating suspense. My favorite part of reading this novel was the ending. It was certainly satisfying in many ways, and the story was wrapped up cleanly.

Cons: From the very first day of reading Behind Closed Doors, I wanted to give up on it. I pushed through solely because I felt like sharing my review was necessary (and I still believe that). This thriller is simply ridiculous. When reading mysteries and/or thrillers, I think about how credible the story is. Nearly everything the antagonist does is unbelievable. The actions are outlandish, extreme, and nonsensical, regardless of the given explanations. I tried my hardest to keep an open mind. It's a story, it's all fun and games. Okay. However even putting that into thought, the story just doesn't make sense. I couldn't even wrap my mind around the protagonist's actions. How many times did she need to screw up to realize she should probably stop doing the same thing over and over again? I couldn't believe her blatant, unchanging naivety. Yes, the ending was wrapped up well and I enjoyed the overall outcome, but even the conclusion was pretty ridiculous (as I expected at that point). 
 
Overall: If you're looking for a thriller that makes sense and chills you to the bone with genuine fear, this novel is not for you. If you're looking for a playfully weird thriller that you won't be invested in, maybe give Behind Closed Doors a try? Overall, this simply isn't a recommendable novel.

Personal Rating Score: 2/5
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