Type: Audio Book
Author: B.A. Paris
Narrated By: Georgia Maguire
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Duration: 8 hrs 23 mins
My Rating: 3/10
Overview: Jack and Grace have the perfect life. They own a beautiful home, and have charming friends. Jack is a famous lawyer and Grace is a wonderful housewife and painter. Grace also has a younger sister, named Millie, with Down Syndrome.
Jack and Grace have the perfect life, or do they?
What I loved: Well, there's not much to write in this section considering listening to this audiobook was utterly painful. This novel is NOT the next Gone Girl and it is NOT the next Girl on the Train. It's mediocre at best and disturbing at worst. And, it's not the good kind of disturbing, believe me. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn was good disturbing, Behind Closed Doors is stomachache disturbing. The only reason I finished listening was because part of me needed to find out just how bad it would continue to be. Almost like watching a car accident and not being able to turn away.
What I didn't: To continue my analysis from the above section, I thoroughly despised this book and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Grace, the main character, is weak, fragile and almost unlikeable, in my opinion. I'm fairly accustomed to strong and commanding female leads, not those who roll over on command.
There is also not much action to the story and it's quite repetitive. As a reader, I assumed the story's mystery would last much longer into the book to keep the story interesting and thrilling. Instead, the "big secret" is revealed extremely early in the novel.
However, the biggest downfall of the book involves the intended torture of a young girl with Down Syndrome. In no form of literature or entertainment should this be acceptable, and I strongly urge any readers who may be sensitive to this topic to say far, far away.
What I loved about listening: Despite the abominable story, the narrator wasn't all that bad. Georgia Maguire kept me interested and if it wasn't for her, I would have given up on the book as soon as it began.
What I didn't love about listening: I wish in the future audiobooks would be produced with multiple narrators to represent different characters. While I enjoyed Georgia Maguire's narration, I would have liked to hear a male narrate for Grace's husband.