A beautiful wife (Grace), an equally handsome husband (Jack). They are deemed the perfect couple. Well, at least that’s the façade that is presented to the world.
Jack and Grace become engaged after only a few months of dating. Love at first sight? Well for one of them, I suppose it is, for a minute anyway.
I have to admit that this book grabbed me from the beginning. It’s a domestic thriller, with some very disturbing psychological elements, and a gripping read that will leave your mind wheeling. Although, there are moments that give way to total disbelief within this story. Its relentless action will take you on a terrifying ride with a sociopath, who know no bounds. He goes to great lengths to satisfy his darkest desires.
You won’t be able to put it down until the last page has been turned. You may find yourself shouting at Grace to get the hell away, and simultaneously wondering where the hell you put that baseball bat because you want it to bash Jack brains in. Just saying!
Jack met Grace and her sister Millie in a park, where Millie was seen dancing. But was it by pure chance or was it planned? He learns that her sister Millie has Down Syndrome and that Grace takes care of her along with her parents. He dotes on her and promises to help Grace take care of her and that she can live with them after they are married. He has charmed Grace with his good looks and devotion to defending battered and abused women as an Attorney.
I enjoyed the way the book runs between the ‘past’ and the ‘present’ keeping you on the serrated edge of understanding, as the past and present gradually merged into one.
On their first night of marriage, he leaves her alone in their hotel room all night, returning later the next day. What an ass, I mean really? Once they fly to Thailand for their honeymoon his true self is revealed.
‘Fear,’ he whispered. ‘There is nothing quite like it. I love how it looks, I love how it feels, I love how it smells. And I especially love the sound of it.’ I felt his tongue on my cheek. ‘I even love the taste of it.’
Take a closer look behind those closed doors and find out what truly happens to someone who thought they have finally found the man of their dreams with the dream-house to go along with it. See how your once normal life can descend into an inconceivable nightmare.
This is B.A. Paris’s debut novel. Her second novel which I am currently reading is The Breakdown.
Synopsis from The Breakdown
If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?
Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.
But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.
The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.
Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…