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Behind Closed Doors: The gripping international and Sunday Times bestselling psychological crime thriller for fans of Lucy Clarke

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Later on, Millie is also the one to come up with the perfect solution for killing Jack—sleeping pills. Barristers usually act on the instructions of solicitors, and they generally don't deal with clients directly. I don’t know what this says about me, but I was kind of disappointed that we never truly got to see what Jack was capable of. Grace’s thoughts and actions come quick and naturally, focusing only on what needs to be focused on. Lead character, Grace, must be THE most gullible woman ever to walk the planet, and characterless Jack is about as evil as Mr Bean!

They are new to the area and tonight is the first time we've met, which makes me feel more nervous than I already am. There's also the strange issue of Jack Angel's status as Millie's legal guardian, which he obtained after a mere matter of months with no previous relationship to Grace, Millie or any of their family. the fun of this book is not in figuring anything out, but in watching it unfold in its absolutely relentless pacing; one of those white-knuckle, edge of your seat reads where the story is broken up between the past and the present, as the time between those two periods narrows, bringing the two stories together for the dramatic explosion.On the contrary, it was the knowledge that Grace would do anything for Millie that made me realise she was the woman I'd been looking for all my life. However, even if the audiobook narrator did a great job, I just had troubling caring much about her or feeling like she didn't have opportunities to get out of there. Because I want book authors to be working hard at taking me on a journey of excitement and discovery, not audaciously reaching over my head for a grab at the bigger bucks that a movie starring one Mr Clooney would provide them. I'd like to tell her that I'd much rather do as she does, that painstaking calculations and sleepless nights are the currency I pay to serve such a perfect dinner.

It's the kind of fast-paced, pulpy read that plays with your emotions without ever making you think too hard. I don't want to detract from the wonderful work you do, but there is often physical evidence, or witnesses, are there not? As he closes it behind me, I can’t help thinking it’s a shame he’s such a sadistic bastard, because he has wonderful manners. He wins her over when he saves an awkward moment—dancing the waltz at the park bandstand with Grace’s sister, Millie, who has Down Syndrome. One of the guests is a new acquaintance of Jack’s and his wife is making slightly bitchy comments to Grace and asking her a series of questions about her life and her relationship with her partner.

When talk turns to Jack's job as a lawyer, everyone congratulates him on his most recent conviction. It must seem strange that these are often kept shut during the day, but as Jack tells anyone who asks, with a job like his, good security is one of his priorities. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. But when I knelt down beside her and found her body cold and rigid, I thought about the terrible death she must have endured. Its strong, its solid, no flaws, the pitch the power and pace is just right for any reading to be pulled along its path.

and as much as i hate to use this review space to rant about something only tangentially related to the book, these things matter to me. That all said, Paris's exploration of a convoluted, complex world of domestic abuse gives rise to what is becoming more and more apparent is a very hidden issue. I did not connect with the characters, I did not find even a page of it to be plausible and frankly, I'm surprised that I finished it. When he comes to commiserate with her, his guard is down and she slips sixteen crushed-up pills into his drink. Grace walks headfirst into what is obviously a bad deal in such a glorious fashion that I’m reminded of that old lie about chickens staring up at the rain and drowning.That slip-up might be cause for further questioning from some people (most Brits I know wouldn't even bother and would just let this slide), but Esther's leap from A to Z with no other evidence or explanation in between is ridiculously implausible. I should thank Shelby for sending this to me, but I kind of feel like she April Fooled me a month late. B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown and Bring Me Back.

If you get the chance to read this book, then do so, but just be thankful, that when you've finished, and you put it down, you can put Jack to one side forever. Every time I put the book down I tried to figure out how this horrific monster would possibly be defeated. Grace is frantic and considers putting off the wedding but Jack convinces her that while Millie won't be able to attend the wedding, she is otherwise just fine. I have a younger sister with special needs, and - while to be fair - her welfare is presided over by the state, there are myriad hoops to jump through when it comes to advocacy and guardianship. but a man whose only interest is in locking up and torturing a woman with down's syndrome who is melodramatic enough to decorate her bloodred cell with paintings he's forced her sister to paint of his battered clients?In a rare moment alone with Millie in a restaurant bathroom, Grace finds out that Jack pushed Millie down the stairs at their wedding, and that Millie thinks that “Jack [is] a bad man” (164). This is not an upsetting brutal man in the full sense of the word as in beatings, so don't be mislead that this may turn your stomach, because it won't.

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