Finished September 27
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
For me, this was the best thriller I've read in ages. This debut novel was unputdownable. I stayed up into the wee hours as I just had to finish it. The plot is chilling. The story is told in two timelines. They aren't that far apart and they both move forward, so at some point the "Past" timeline actually intersects with earlier "Present" timelines.
We know something is wrong early, and gradually learn just how wrong the situation is, and what is happening when no one else is around.
The plot here opens up thoughts on how little we know beyond the surface of what we see, and how we infer things from what we see.
This is a book about control and how fear can be used to make us do things we never thought possible.
Before she married, Grace had a successful job and a good life, if sometimes a lonely one. It is that vulnerability that opens her up to being used by a man that has his own agenda. It is a book about power and influence and about how so many take things at face value without looking closer at what is really happening.
Great first novel, and I'll look forward to seeing more from this author.