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Behind Closed Doors

By: B A Paris
Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

Jack has looks and wealth; Grace has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

Sometimes the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

©2016 Bernadette MacDougall (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"This book just has to be huge.... I flew through it in two breathless sittings. Quite simply: astounding." (S. J. I. Holliday, author of Black Wood)

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Disappointing

The idea of the story line appealed to me but oh dear the main character, Grace, is such a hopeless twit. There are no shocks, no suspense but plenty of frustration and boredom. I cannot recommend this book unless you like slow, frustrating stories. Millie was the only character I warmed to and to her I would say, "I don't like George Clooney either."

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Pathetic and drawn out

The main character was portrayed as a pathetic, stupid woman. Even I, as a victim of domestic abuse, thought that it was pretty unbelievable and over dramatised, with her missing many opportunities to get help.

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Loved this narrator!

The story was, on the whole, enjoyable. At times, a little too predictable, but luckily there were just enough plot twists to maintain interest. A different, less polished narrator may have led to bitter disappointment, but this girl was a joy to listen to!

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Amazing!

Such a great read (listen). well worth a credit (and that's coming from a harsh critic!)

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Brilliant so good i couldnt put it down.<br />Read

so damn good. couldnt put it down.
if you want to loose a good 7 hours of tense action. read

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  • VJ18
  • Australia
  • 21-10-2018

So good!

This story was addictive! I was totally immersed. I haven't been this angry with a character for a long time. I found the story very well written and the narration perfect. Cannot recommended it enough!!

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Great narrator, gripping ending but the storyline is annoying and implausible at times.

I struggled at times with the fanciful plot but by the end I couldn’t turn it off and loved the ending.

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twisted!

I didn’t think it would end as suddenly as it did, however it was a great listen!

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Gripping suspense

The story in someways felt predictable but incredibly compelling. Definitely worth listening to.
The depth of each character and there connections to each other was beautifully done.
This story has the suspense, making you want/need to know what is going to happen next.
This is the first novel I’ve listened to by B A Paris and I’m hooked. I’ll certainly be adding this author to my list.

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great

Loved the book. Was enthralled to the end. I thought the end could have been expaned a bit more but overall a great listen.

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  • ZA_Lizzy
  • 03-12-2018

Captivating. Great story!

I loved the story from the beginning. Was a bit slow to kick off but I think I was distracted.

The narrator was a perfect choice for the British tone and setting. Millie’s voice got to me a bit after a while as she sounded more like a Chinese foreigner than a teenager with a disability. More full sent

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-2018

An interesting listen!

This is a very clever and well written story. Certainly leaves you with the chills though! And the ending? I was left scratching my head a little..

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  • Sarah
  • 17-06-2017

Main character is incredibly frustrating

This story is easy and fast to get through. But the story itself is full of holes. The protagonist is incredibly frustrating!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-2016

Well worth the read/listen

Brilliant, gripping!!!! Very well read.
Worth the read/listen not a book I would usually read but this one had me hooked all the way through

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  • Terry
  • 21-04-2016

Frighteningly , sad

Frighteningly, sad story that kept me riveted until the end . I can't say I enjoyed it , but I would recommend it as a book worth listening to

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  • Charmaine P
  • 30-08-2017

Craaaaazzzyyyyy

Thriller.... he got what he deserved..... sweet justice. I can't think who in his right mind can think up the details to such a crazy story...

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  • M F Herbert
  • 23-04-2016

WOW !!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book ! It was gripping from the start and I couldn't put it down ! I finally finished it at 2 in the morning and then wished I'd taken it slower ! I cant wait for her next book

What other book might you compare Behind Closed Doors to, and why?

It brought to mind Apple tree yard , where being brought down so low brought out the determination for revenge

What does Georgia Maguire bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The feeling of complete and utter helplessness and being totally at someone else's mercy

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Millie made me laugh at times , what a clever girl ! At times it made me fearful for Grace I wanted to shout' don't he'll punish you !

Any additional comments?

It would make a great movie

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  • Jill
  • 20-04-2016

gripping from start to finish

this story is so moving you won't put it down, just shows what really can happen in the walls of a seemingly loving home!!

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • David Cooke
  • 29-04-2016

moving and scary

this is a great book. i really enjoyed the story even though sometimes i felt I was going to cry as things go from bad to worse. will recommend this to others. the performance of the reader is great and really puts across the feeling of the protagonist. loved it

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  • Hannah
  • 09-07-2016

Weak

Started off promising but turned out to be very disappointing. Whole story lacked substance making it very unbelievable & a bit silly.
Grace came across as weak & stupid rather than someone who was abused & controlled. All of the characters lacked depth.
It was poorly written & I don't think the narrator helped. I listened until the end as wanted to know what would happen so I guess that is one positive however the ending was disappointing too. In fact the whole thing was just silly rather than a thriller!

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  • Chrissisue
  • 26-04-2016

Utterly gripping

This was such a well crafted story I felt I was there with the narrator. I want to listen to it again immediately;

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  • Nicola
  • 10-10-2016

Just didnt empathise with main character

What did you like best about Behind Closed Doors? What did you like least?

Best - I'm struggling to be truthful. Least - I just didnt empathise with the main character, she was just too 'wonderful' and 'goody goody' and fabulously clever / thoughtful/ well-off..... and... boring. Thankfully it felt like the author got bored of writing at some point and speedily wrapped it up.

Would you ever listen to anything by B A Paris again?

Based on this it is unlikley

Would you listen to another book narrated by Georgia Maguire?

Not for me

Was Behind Closed Doors worth the listening time?

Sorry, it wasn't the worst, but I did find my self continually checking on how long was left and being a bit exasperated that there was still a chunk of time to go

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  • Alex
  • 18-11-2016

Dire, Unconvincing Melodrama

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who inhabit an alternative reality where email and mobile telephones don't exist.

Would you ever listen to anything by B A Paris again?

Possibly. The writing was not terrible, but the plot was wholly implausible.

How could the performance have been better?

Better material would have helped. The narrator is playing an implausibly helpless woman - and that can't be easy.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Eye-rolling incredulity

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  • scotpotter
  • 09-10-2016

Drags on....and on....and on!

What disappointed you about Behind Closed Doors?

An unlikely scenario is proposed in the early stages of the book which is never adequately explained. Instead the reader is treated to the same plot devices over and over like a stuck record. There is a tiny twist at the end but it is such a tiny twist that many readers, their eyes heavy with sleep, their brains exhausted by repetition, may miss it altogether.

What could B A Paris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I suspect that the writer enjoys Victorian novels as the language used seems to belong to a melodrama of that era. But the author needs to study what actually happens in 21st century Britain. People are no longer dumped in "asylums" because their family doesn't want them!

What didn’t you like about Georgia Maguire’s performance?

It was fine - she did what she could with the material.

What character would you cut from Behind Closed Doors?

None

Any additional comments?

No

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  • Anne Sarkar
  • 28-08-2016

Ridiculous plot!

I kept going with this in the hope that there would be a twist at the end. It was such an unbelievable plot, that it was actually becoming quite frustrating to listen to. It was well read & parts of the description were good, but overall not worth listening to.

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  • Carl
  • 02-11-2016

Avoid

Poorly written, too many holes in the plot and since when do people with downs syndrome get put into mental asylums? Offensive. Also the main character is pathetic, she's either a confident woman who travels the world on behalf of Harrods alone or she's a quiet under the thumb victim, make your mind up

11 of 13 people found this review helpful