Publication Date: 11 February 2016
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Behind Closed Doors was one of my first psychological thrillers, and the genre is definitely now a favourite. I love the suspense and hold it has on you to continue reading. I read it in just a day, and even caused me to lose a few hours sleep because I was worried about the main character.
The novel focuses on the married couple of Grace and Jack. It is told in the perspective of Grace, who is a thirty-something-year-old woman living in England. Grace has a younger sister called Millie with Down’s Syndrome who Grace will become the caregiver of when Millie graduates from school. Her previous boyfriends would usually lose interest once finding this out.
Jack firstly meets Millie by dancing with her in the park, as she was dancing by herself. Grace is touched by his awareness and courteousness, and allows him to take them out for coffee. This is how the pair meet, and they are soon married due to their willingness to begin a family.
While the novel starts with the couple in the middle of a dinner party, the readers learn about their sinister past because of the chapters that switch between the past and present. The chapters usually manage to tie in with the alternating time jumps, where as we learn something new in the present, it is then explained further in the past. This is useful in learning about the necessary backstory of the terrifying events that have occurred. I felt exactly how Grace would feel in her situation and never felt annoyed by her narration or her actions.
I loved the ending and thought it was very creative. The book mostly addressed all of the questions that I wanted answered and was able to make sense.
Expect to be horrified by the actions of one of the character’s, but as this is my first psychological thriller, I might be overstating its creepiness. Nonetheless, it certainly has elements to it that may potentially make you stay up at night, but in a good way.
I recommend this book to those who love continuous twists and suspence. There are a few upsetting parts, so this book should not be read by younger readers.