Behind Closed Doors: A Novel

Written by:
B.A. Paris
Narrated by:
Georgia Maguire

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
1037
Narrator
274
Release Date
August 2016
Duration
8 hours 40 minutes
Summary
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING DEBUT PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER YOU CAN'T MISS!

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl

“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)

“The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.” —The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post


Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.
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Latoya L.

Jack, Jack, jack, what an evil monster of a man. He's killed his mother and set his father up to go to jail for the murder, changes his name only to inflict more hatm to others. A man who has to control his wife's every move, to what and when she eats to what she wears. He loves to see people in fear and is looking forward to torturing Grace's sister who is disabled with Down syndrome. A crazy book, but good.....the revenge is so sweet. #book10of2019 #bookworm #whatsnext

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April H

Suspenseful page turner!

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Andrea m

I love books where women stand up for other women. I also like it when karma wins.

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Hana F.

How am I the ONLY one who hated this book. It was not only boring but repetitive. The author keeps repeating the same things over and over. Mind numbing. The storyline is Ridiculous. I pushed through thinking it could possibly pick up. NOPE. Terrible.

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Brandy S.

Just not good to me.

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Christal T.

Great book! Jack definitely got what he deserved. Kudos to Grace!

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Deanne G

I love this author and her other book. I’m looking forward to audiobooks getting her new one!

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Lee I

I was sad it ended. Narrator is very natural. Plot was surprising with no obvious foreshadowing. I just downloaded her second book. I’m hoping it’s as good as this was!

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marcella b

love this book i cld listen to it over and over

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Gillian B

Having read The Breakdown, by the same author I was excited to begin this audiobook. I could not stop once I has started! Audiobooks are my treat for when I commute but I continued to listen to this one, long in to the night because it was so full of suspense . A gripping novel .

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Stephanie A

I expected some sort of abuse when I read the summary of the book, but it was nothing like I imagined. The story was well written and well told. Having been through something similar (but not quite to the same degree) I hated some of the characters and wished some would have done things differently. I found myself anxious and relieved and anxious again while listening. Well planned out and executed. Looking forward to the author's next endeavor.

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Karyn Benchoff

This book was an exciting thriller. The person narrarating made the characters so much more interesting.

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Kristine Bush

I listened to the whole story in one day! it was absolutely riveting, and I couldn't stop listening!

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Mel B.

I’m so pleased that Grace and Molly prevailed!! Love love love the past present set up!! Great read!!

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Jay C.

This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't all that great. I've seen story lines before where the perfect gentleman turns out to be a scumbag once they get married. The problem I had with this book is that despite that Jack is an evil person, we never know why. Yeah, he says he killed his mother and blamed it on his father, but even Grace questions whether or not it is true because Jack is such a fabulist and liar. Yes, we understand that he finds joy in watching women suffer mentally, but what could possibly motivate him to want to mentally torture a woman with Down Syndrome? He puts on a big act, buys this huge house, spends all kinds of money so he can inflict as much mental abuse on a disabled person as he possibly can? Ok. WHY? By just turning Jack into this evil sadist, he's a one-note antagonist — like a Jason or Michael Myers horror movie character who is there just to kill.

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Anonymous

Terrible!

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Arlene F.

This book kept me terrified and wanting more! My husband did not understand the ending but I found it perfectly done with no need for explanation. The reader is fabulous making it so easy to separate the characters with her different voices used.

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Anonymous

very good book!

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Fergmoyn

It started out slow but once you got into the plot it was riveting. I like how I can drive to this book which passed the time away. Definitely loved the ending!

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zurripop

The ending was good but the bulk of it was just emotional torture porn

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Anonymous

This book sucked. The plot was boring and predictable. Jack wasn’t very believable as the monster and overall, not my favorite

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Chelsey K.

The ending was amazing!! Love a girl power book.

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Anonymous

Ending was ridiculous. Never explained the whole Esther thing. 1st 30 minutes of the last hour toooo long and waste of time.

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P B.

Amazing! I couldn't stop listening!

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Mary T.

I found the action repetitive & tedious. If the plot was not so unbelievable, it would be disturbing. Jack was incredulously evil & his wife another long-suffering victim. It was only toward the end of the novel that the story became exciting & advanced at an interesting pace. Laura FINALLY does what should have been done chapters earlier. Laura’s beloved Down’s Syndrome sister was refreshing, believable & ends up the true heroine by helping Laura commit the necessary deed. In essence, she not only saved herself & her sister, but also this novel.

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Eclass

The book was slow I wanted to fast forward the long and drawn out book but I enjoyed the end

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Elaine S.

If you like suspense, this is for you

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Micaela P.

AMAZING! Been recommending to everyone!

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Danimar

This book was ok but not as suspenseful as I’d hoped

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Anonymous

Excellent read!!!! Would have liked a little more at the end, but I will just have to use my imagination!

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Anonymous

This was a good read and it definitely had me hooked! I listened to it very quickly, however the ending was disappointing. I was expecting more.

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Stacy D.

awesome!!

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Anonymous

Good read. Finished quick

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Kacie S.

Honestly not my style of book, hard to stomach multiple parts. Good book, it was quick to wrap up the story so quickly.

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Andrica D.

Excellent read!!!!!

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Anonymous

Pretty good

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Anonymous

How did this even get published? The characters lack any depth whatsoever and are unbelievable - and the whole thing is completely unrealistic and also unbelievable. Inspiring though in making me think I could write a novel though if this is what’s out there. Forced myself to get through it.. checked the box’s for the basic story telling ingredients, note - BASIC.

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Lauren E

Wow! Absolutely loved this book; I couldn’t stop listening to it. Some really great twists, and edge of you seat moments. Narration was also awesome.

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Kykyd303

ALL TIME FAVE...

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Anonymous

ABSOLUETLY WONDERFUL!! Highly recommended psycho thriller, no dirty words no dirty sex, Just good old cat and mouse mental games! You will remember this book for a long time to come! I will be listening to this again!

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Jennifer R.

I loved this book. Without spoiling anything I have to say the ending was perfection.

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Mary B.

Not a fan of the ending! I needed more info!

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Khristen H.

This is the best book I've listened to in a long time. highly recommend!

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Sarah B.

100% riveting

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Shawn B.

Suspenseful, gripping physiological thriller - I LOVED every minute of this book!!! I was sad when it was over!

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Stephanie K.

A great, easy listen. Even though I basically knew how the story would end, I couldn’t stop listening. I loved it!

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Florentina G.

I liked the book. It is a little slow paced, which at times kept me in suspance, but at times bored me... Better than average, in my opinion.

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KT

This was the first time I described a book as utter drivel. The writing was terrible and repetitive in my opinion. The villain husband is a caricature; exaggerated to the extreme. The entire plot was completely improbable and contrived. The MC was way too gullible. The dialogue was terrible. I don't understand why "domestic thrillers" as bad as this one become so popular, but if thrillers are your thing and you don't care about suspending disbelief due to unrealistic storylines, you may enjoy this.

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Brandi J.

wow!!! I was on the edge of my seat...

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Anonymous

Good best. A little dark but liked it.

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Keltie H.

could not stop listening to this story..

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Danielle D.

this is one of the best books i have ever read!! the end gave me chills

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Pamela J.

Enjoyed listening to this one! I love how it all come out in the end.

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Alison H.

Loved it!!! Couldn’t stop listening!! The narrator is really good.

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Mary C.

I thought the book was good especially the ending. I enjoyed the story

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Melissa M.

I loved this books it was amazing and I loved the ending so much

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Anonymous

Just read it. It has such a satisfying ending.

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CiCi D.

I loved this audio book. I usually only listen on my long commute twice a day but this book had me listening at all hours of the day. This listen had me going from one emotion to other in the blink of an eye. I found myself caught up in it many times. The narrator was easy to listen to. The sound of her voice, the pronunciation and her accent drew me in from the start. Great listen!!

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Raquel M.

I couldn’t put it down! Love it!

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Natale R.

it seems a little impossible at some moments. But if you can suspend your disbelief that human fear can cause you to do things that you wouldn't ordinarily do. It's a suspenseful and spine-tingling Tale

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Diane R.

Wow, what a book. I just finished listening and it's left me haunted. I've actually gone back and listened to certain parts again to review nuances not earlier heard and/or appreciated. It's disturbing and dark for sure, but the ending was worth the ride. It's got the same kind of vibe as "The Girl Before" which I've also read. If you like this style, I would recommend reading "The Good Girl".

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Joanie G.

This book drove me crazy at first, I was like, what? But when they started going back and forth, it really pulled me in, loved it!

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Joanna L.

I love this book, I wanted to keep reading what would happen next. Must read!!

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Joanne R.

Easy read. Creepy that there are people in this world that are actually like this. Loved the narration.

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Kyra C.

Amazing!!!

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Laura F

This book surprised me by how good it was. Great story , definite page turner and I did really enjoy the narration , very very well done! Loved it !

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Anonymous

Delightful accent

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heather h

I love this book and audiobooks, it helped me get through cleaning and, driving in traffic! I think everyone should listen to it

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Teresa S

I also listen to audio books during my work commute. This was a good read I didn't want to get out of my car once I got home.

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Karin E

Awesome thrilling suspenseful kept me wanting more. I love each character and can't wait to read the breakdown by BA Paris after listening to this

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yuri a

OVERALL GOOD BOOK

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Ashley C

Overall, I really liked this book. It was hard to put down and there were a lot of twists and turns. It was hard to believe that she was never able to escape, like some of the other reviews stated. She seemed to have many opportunities, so it wasn't always plausible. I would definitely recommend it.

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Adela C

Loved the story line and the narration was great! Would listen to her again.

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reina h

The book overall was pretty good but I thought it was slow in some parts and it was hard to believe that she could never find a way to escape. I loved the ending and the narration was very good.

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Christa T

I didn't like where I thought they were going with the book in the beginning. The middle and end definitely made up for it. I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. The ending was fantastic!

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Maria H

I absolutely loved this book!!! I wasn't a big fan of the ending but I understood it. I wish there was more. I left wanting more. But overall is a great book.

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Doreen B

I really didn't like this book, the story line was implausible. It started off interesting enough then I thought "are you kidding me?". This women was not very suave in the escape department , it all seemed pretty lame. Me? I would have thrown a knife over his shoulder while cooking one of those perfect meals, while he was distracted, stabbed him in the heart with another knife or how about just throwing hot oil in a pan right in his "movie star looks" face! Instead she 's talking hysterically to hotel managers, policemen... the cut up note in the hairpin! Nope, it seemed unrealistic. I read/listen to escape but I couldn't escape the lame attempts at freedom. Millie was much more cool and calculated, feigning trouble sleeping to obtain and in turn save up sleeping pills. Nice! Go Millie!!!! Nope, in case it's not obvious, not a book I would recommend. "The Woman in cabin 10", good read/ listen.

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ERICA L

Awesome book!! So many twists and turns with this one!!

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Tabatha B

This was a great book. I loved the end.

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Breanna J

This was hard to put down, a quick easy listen. The narrator was perfect for the character.

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Mary R

Overall, I thought it was pretty good, but it wasn't my favorite. I like Gone Girl more than American Psycho. I'd probably recommend. I suppose my criticism would be that I thought it used too many (basically every single one) typical/textbook psychopathic traits to develop the psychopath (if that makes sense). Anyway, I think it was well-paced. I did like the sister; her actions and strength were a great part of the book, and I thought they gave the story more depth and character development all around. Also, the title is clever, touching on many aspects of the book. I thought the narrator matched up with the character well. For reference, some of my book preferences: Really liked -- Sharp Objects, Girl Before (JP Delaney), The Girl Before (Rena Olsen), Big Little Lies, Cross the Line Meh -- The Perfect Girl, Everything You Want Me to Be Really not so much -- The Good Girl

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Kristi G

The book is suspenseful and addictive. The title is a dead giveaway about the couples less than perfect marriage. This is a book you will surely recommend to a friend. I enjoyed the narrators as well.

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Admon A

Story starts slow but picks up and keeps you engaged the rest of the way!

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L G

I devoured it all in one day. I couldn't wait to find out how it would end.

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Lesa T

Excellent Book!!! I was intrigues the whole time! I actually loved the ending! CanNOT wait for the movie!

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Victoria L

A little predictable but still a good book! Narration was great!

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ASRAA R

I thought the book was pretty average. The character of Jack was made out to be more creepy than he really was. I thought it was anti-climactic that all he really wanted was to torture the sister. He went through a lot of trouble to marry one girl to torture somebody else. Just was not as creepy as it could've been. And I think the whole thing was dragged out and a little bit predictable. I think the only exciting thing was how the pills were given to Grace by her sister. That was pretty creative of her. But other than that nothing creepy or super exciting or scary happened like I expected. I mean the title told you that something is going on behind closed doors, so I expected some real big thing going on, only to find out that he keeps her captive and hopes to torture her sister one day. Yawn

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Josie P

Excellent book!! The narration was amazing!! Would listen to her again!!

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amy sara

OMG!!! amazing from beginning to end the irony is uncanny. Amazing finished it in a day. A MUST READ!!!

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Belynda Hinsch

Excellent book! Couldn't stop listening. Would listen to her again.

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Deborah Sedillo

Very satisfied with the ending!

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Denise Murtagh

Great book! How did Jack get in the Red room?

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Amber Jenkins

Once I began listening to this book I wasn't able to stop, every chance I had I continued to listen. Within one day I had finished the book though I felt as I wanted more at the end, I was content with the way it ended.

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Dion Santiago

I hate George Clooney! Clever Book, kept me on edge until the end. I hoped for a more climactic end but it was satisfying.

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Lee Anne Foster

Excellent book. Couldn't put it down. Surprise story line, I didn't expect. Good read. Good narration.

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Melissa Fuller

I really enjoyed this book. The narration was good.

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Michele Ruiz

I just couldn't quite buy the premise of the story but loved the conclusion and collusion of the female characters.

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Kim White

A bit disturbing but loved the ending!

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Roxanne Hanna

While it is somewhat predictable, there isn't much way to avoid that. This was well written and all the bases were covered. This book was supposed to last me a couple weeks worth of driving to and from work, but I ended up doing a lot of sitting in the driveway and finishing it one.

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Tanya E Keane

Has a slow pace but because you fall in love with the characters (especially Milly!) you hang on to find out about the surprise ending!

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Stacey Walker

Good book. Smooth Narration. The ending is great!

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Kristi Pallen

Could not stop listening to this book - Amazing! I highly recommend.

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Amy Griffith

Book is predictable and a bit redundant. Narrator has a beautiful voice.

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craig specht

Very well written, I really enjoyed this book. Kept me interested. I loved the narrator, she was very good!

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Francee Doolittle

Ok book, very predictable. Not enough drama/suspense.

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tanya bensler

It was okay. Predicable. I loved the character of Milly.

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Savannah Ennis

Really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes thrillers.

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Sherri Barclift

Really enjoyed this book!! Great debut!!

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mark meadows

It was a very interesting story. It was predictable to a point but very well written. I would recommend this read.

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Lea Yamaguchi

Such an interesting book! I didn't want to stop listening and get out of the car. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Narrator did a great job, really felt the tension and stress the characters felt.

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Oksana Skidanova

This is a nice choice if you like thrillers. It will keep you entertained and amused. It's well written, and narrated. I definitely recommend it!

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Molly Williams

Excellent book! Picked this one out to listen to during a long night drive and it kept me fully awake and interested. I wasn't ready to get to my location because I knew I was going to have to wait to continue listening. I love how the author left no holes in the plot. The whole thing was wonderfully written and very suspenseful and twisted. The narrator is wonderful as well. Would definitely recommend this book. :)

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Candice Wheeler

Really loved this one. The care and love between the sisters, clever Millie, the thorough explanation of hopelessness and the narration, just fantastic.

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Kandace Tyson

What a fabulous story!!! I was hooked right from the beginning. One of those great books where you can't wait to see how it ends yet you don't want it to end... Just terrific & was so engrossing my running miles would fly by.

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Annmarie Higgins

Outstanding story! I couldn't wait to get back in the car to keep listening. Narrator was one of the best - she makes the reader sympathetic towards the character. Highly recommend this story.

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Cynthia Gulbranson

I throughly enjoyed this thriller! Great characters that continue to bloom throughout the book. It was read well and I couldn't stop listening! If you are new to audiobooks, this is a great one to start on...if you are a long time listener, you too will enjoy this fast paced story!

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Suzanne Taylor

The narrator made me feel like I was apart of the story, I wanted to help Grace. I don't normally listen to psychological thrillers, but this was an excellent book. I highly recommend it.

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Nataki Williams

This was a really great book with a great ending!

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kimberly SCoggins

This book is excellent!! I could not stop listening. The story is very well written and captivating. The narrator did an amazing job of bring the emotions of the characters and letting you feel her stress, fear and happiness. I will probably listen to this book many more times. I highly recommend this book.

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Becky Drimmie

Great book. Loved every second of it!!! Couldn't stop listening....

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Brandi Fields

This book made me mad but the ending was worth the torture ????

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Michele Mireau

I loved this book. I have already told friends to make this the next book they listen to. Can't wait for the next book.

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Lamoria Washington

Great book! I couldn't put it down, and they ending brought a tear to my eye ????

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Vanessa Carley

Let me start with saying WOW. Going into this story I wasn't expecting anything but seeing the reviews I figured it was worth listening to. It opened slowly with the dinner Jack and Grace were hosting, so the first fifteen minutes or so wasn't particularly interesting but I kept listening. By the time the dinner was over, I just knew it was taking a delicious turn into a story that was going to have me glued. The author did an amazing job bouncing between past and present as the actions and words between Jack and Grace pieced together. Each time revealing more of the truth behind their "closed doors." The ending was perfect as well. I might need to listen to it again to pick up on anything I missed the first time.

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Sarah Wysocki

Excellent!!! So good!!! One of the best books I've listened to!

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Deepthi Krishnan

As someone who never likes to read anything dark/disturbing, and pretty much only reads chick-lit/romantic comedy type books, I'm appalled at how much I enjoyed this book. There're definitely portions that weigh you down and mess with your mind because the suffering is more psychological than physical, however, I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time, in hopes of a satisfying resolution at the end of the book (I will not tell you whether this resolution happened, as I don't want to give anything away). That said, the very end of the book, specifically, the very last part of the final conversation in the book left me with goosebumps! It was such cleverly worded, and just amazing! The narration was excellent as well!

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Lea Solid

I loved this book! I even listened to it while showering! Very intense and the ending was perfect! Chilling to the end! The narrator was awesome too. 5 stars for sure!

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Mary Holland

Loved every minute! Couldn't stop listening and can't wait for the next by B.A. Paris!

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Yvonne Milanovic

Was hooked right from the start. I couldn't stop listening.

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Cindy Parker

Excellent, riveting story. Very easy to get immersed into the characters I found myself talking to Grace and having a number of ideas of what I would like to do to Jack The ending reminded me of a one act play I read years ago called "Trifles" The narration was also very good Highly recommend. Hard to put down

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Erika Monan

Bummed the audiobook ended. Really good audio. He got a little taste of his medicine.

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Brenda Sasser

Just read Behind Closed Days. So good. You do not want to put the book down.

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