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Behind Closed Doors

Lu par : Georgia Maguire
Durée : 8 h et 29 min
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The instant New York Times and USA Today best-selling 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 best-selling 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 best-selling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors

©2016 B. A. Paris (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Commentaires

"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 best-selling author of The Good Girl)

"This outstanding debut novel will leave you breathless." (Bella)

"Brilliant, chilling, scary and unputdownable." (Lesley Pearse, best-selling author of Without a Trace)

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  • Vanessa Arizona
  • 04/09/2016

Slow start but a gripping experience

I highly recommend this book for fans of psychological thrillers. I would warn that it is a frightening story, and while not frankly violent, there is some upsetting content regarding abuse.
I'd also suggest that the listener needs to be patient for the story to get off the ground. In my opinion, the author spent far too much time laying groundwork when the issues are pretty obvious for anyone with the least bit of skeptical disbelief of 'perfect' appearing existences.
This book straddles the horror genre as well- I've just finished and find myself with an ongoing sense of dread and fear that built as I listened. For anyone who says that this 'could not happen'- think again. And

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  • Ann
  • 15/08/2016

Wow

Wow...I've listened to MANY audio books and never felt the need to write a review after I was done. But this book definitely deserves recognition! I could not stop listening!!! It was intense, nail biting...all the way till the very end. The details were so well written that I actually felt like I was living in the moment of the story. I could not stop listening. At first I thought ok, this will be just a regular suspense story...starting of with the details of each character. But within 2 hours into it, I was hooked! Written VERY WELL, narrated VERY WELL!

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  • Em
  • 23/01/2017

Silly and stupid plus gratuitous sadism

The story line seems like it was written by two teenagers arguing about whether to write a Scooby Doo episode or a story about an abusive marriage. In the story, the evil husband for some reason gives all kinds of expository dialog about why he's so evil, evil things he's done in the past, describes all his evil motives (so contrived and silly, like a kid at camp trying to tell a scary story and, seeing that his audience is bored, wildly tries to up the ante to keep everyone's interest) while rubbing his hands together evilly. The husband essentially acts like a creepy pervy weirdo the entire time and the author writes all this as if no one notices because he looks like George Clooney. Yes, there's psychological 'torture' but it's so unrealistic and illogical that it's more like a weird cartoon. The wife does that thing where she's like, "In twenty seconds, I'm going to call the police and then I'm going to escape from you by doing X, Y and Z! And you can't stop me!" and then she stands there waiting for his response, and the evilly evil husband twists his Snidely Whiplash mustache while laughing evilly at her. The way he 'traps' her in public is simply ridiculous. I honestly don't think the author knows anything about domestic abuse, the entire thing was so gratuitous and absurd.

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  • Lady J
  • 16/09/2016

Very enjoyable psychological thriller

Thoroughly enjoyed this! Stressed me out and enraged me but in a good way. you will b rooting for the main character. I couldn't stop listening to it. my fave book I've listened to in a long time! Gonna tell everyone I know to read or listen to it so that it will b made into a movie!

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  • Eric
  • 08/10/2016

A solution that works if it is too hard to listen

After reading the initial description, I felt this this book reminded me a bit of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. As the story unfolded in opening chapters, one wondered when the darkness would enter the story. When it inevitably did, this turned out to be a very different story than Big Little Lies. Reviewers who are incredulous at the premise have every reason to be, but I suspect the psychological torture in the story is present in modern society in human stories that are just as incredible. The author cleverly and elegantly closed off all the options for Grace and Millie's escape, doing so as effectively as one could to scaffold the story.

Still, once the darkness entered the story I could not go on much more than 30-60 minutes before throwing in the towel. It was too dark and uncomfortable and I figured I would just return the credit. Yet, reviews promised a great ending, and I considered the ending in Big Little Lies to be perhaps the most multilayered and well-structured ending to a novel I could imagine reading. Could this also have a great ending?

So I decided I could try to skip the middle four hours of the story, and pickup with something like an hour forty left in the story. It worked for me. I just can't listen to that much darkness and I assumed that is all it would be, replete with creative ways to make Grace's situation seem even more hopeless. In the expectation that perhaps the ending would be great, and that I knew enough of the storyline to pickup the last fifth or sixth of the story, I decided at least to give it a try. The ending was indeed very well done, and while nothing in this genre is going to match Big Little Lies, it had enough intricacies and layers - right up to and including the last three letter word in the book - for me to give the book a strong overall rating. It was worth the credit to me, even if I skipped the middle half of the book which I assumed would be too psychologically gruesome for me to bear. It was a good way to manage the listen.

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  • John Andrew Neu
  • 20/09/2016

Lame

The characters behaved in such inexplicable ways, and the story relied on so many implausible elements, you keep rolling your eyes. The villain is one dimensional and possesses a superhuman ability to get people to buy into whatever outlandish set of facts he fabricated because: charisma and he is an attorney? I didn't even feel bad for the protagonist's situation, because after awhile her judgements and actions were so inconsistent with the character build it just got to be ridiculous after awhile. Not recommended.

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  • M. Ryder
  • 28/09/2016

Dumb and Waste of Time!

Trying to finish this book was probably just as difficult as what Grace had to endure while living with Jack. 🙄 The story was not at all believable, and even the so-called gory or graphic parts seemed quite far-fetched. Why would any sane person get on a plane with Jack to start their honeymoon, after being treated so badly and having to choose between her Down's Syndrome sister and husband? generally speaking, don't abusive relationships happen over time, because in this case, Jack became a monster overnight. Also, how naïve can one woman be to quit her job and not be included in buying their first home, and not think twice about Jack's aggressiveness? Frankly, everything was over the top! However, with regard to narration, all parts were performed well. Skip this book and instead, read Pretty Girls, which is hands down, a much better selection.

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  • Tammy Sue
  • 04/10/2016

The more I listened, the more I got annoyed

It was a great story at first. But the more I listened, the more I got annoyed with the main character being such a wimp and twit. I could tell it was going to all work out in the end, and I just got weary waiting for it to get there.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11/08/2016

Worth a Credit

The end of this story is worth the read/listen. I did have some issues with behavior of a woman who was intelligent, well traveled for her job and living an independent life before she meets " the man of her dreams ". After that I was puzzled by her choice. I don't want to give anything away but I'm curious how others will view her actions after she realizes he's not who she thought. From my point of view after he gave her the choice to go with him or get out of the car, I would have been out of that car so fast his head would spin. I feel she knew enough of the situation to get away now!! of course then there would be no story. I kept reading because I really needed to find out what happened in the end. I think some will really like this suspenseful listen, others not so much. The ending was worth the read and I will recommend it for that reason.

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  • Caren S. Knox-Hundley
  • 26/10/2016

Unbelievable and Unbelievably Brutal (dog killing)

I was intrigued by the first part of the book, but after the wedding, things just got too far out there and completely unbelievable. People did not act or react like real people would; it just became too far-fetched to continue. I may have soldiered on until the end, but when Jack's torturous killing of a dog became evident, I stopped right there, before it was fully revealed. This is a needlessly cruel book.

The narrator was very talented with accents, but had a habit of whispering the final words Jack spoke when he was being cruel, and that became very annoying in short order.

I'm so glad Audible has a generous return policy, it actually felt good to delete this one from my queue.

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  • Bel
  • 09/10/2016

Gripping, scary

This book gripped me, and I listened to it in one go -- more or less. If you're a fan of the TV series 'criminal minds' you'll probably enjoy it, although it isn't as gory as the TV series. There's a lot of suspense, though, the atmosphere is oppressive and scary, and the whole situation seems so very hopeless.
I've seen other readers compare it to Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. I can't do that, because I have read neither. I don't think all these comparisons to other books are fair anyway, except for giving a potential reader a hint of the direction the book takes.

This book is fast paced, scary, and I couldn't switch it off. Georgia Maguire as the narrator was an excellent choice, she created the exact atmosphere which compelled me to listen to this book within just one day.

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  • martina29
  • 27/09/2017

Schaurig

Wirklich unglaublich. Sehr spannend, sehr überraschend, sehr grausam. Interessante Geschichte. Ganz anders als erwartet. Wollte unbedingt das Ende hören.

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  • Nina Keutler
  • 07/05/2017

great Story

Thrilling Story ! You are certainly going to loath Jack! Extreme perfection can be an indicator that something is terrible wrong.......

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  • tertre_de
  • 23/07/2020

This is a first

While this is not my first review here on audible, this book is a first to me.

After countless audio books I have bought here before, this is the first one I wished to end rather sooner than later. I even looked up how many chapter were left when listening to chapter 17 because I could not believe what I heard.

This is also the first audio book in which I skipped whole chapters.

This is also the first audio book I pondered on not to finish.

So why is that? Well, as others have pointed out before me, which unfortunately I found out only after I had started to listen, the story is predictable. And I am not saying that I am good at predicting the outcome of a thriller. Not at all. Usually I am so gripped by the story, I never even ask myself what I think how it may end. But with this story it is different. The story line can be foreseen almost right from the start.

At first, I thought: "Surely, this can't be all." Is the tale really so simple?

But then, after having lingered until chapter 17 I was so sorely dissapointed that I skipped several chapters and just wanted to know how the twist in the end was skripted. I was certain there would be a twist. And, yes, it was slightly different from what I had envisaged, earning the book a second star for the story in my review. But in the end, I was glad, it was over.

To end this review on a positive note, I would like to point out that the reader was very good.

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  • Katharina
  • 11/10/2017

Super spannend!


lange nicht mehr so ein tolles Hörbuch gehört - kann es kaum erwarten mehr von der Autorin zu lesen / hören!

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  • Coco
  • 16/04/2017

Gänsehaut

Ich habe dieses Hörbuch binnen 2 Tagen gehört! Es war wirklich spannend! Beim letzten Satz hatte ich nur noch Gänsehaut!

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  • Inés Kucharz
  • 24/07/2020

Kind of an incredible story

This story is certainly thrilling in that you want to go on to know the end. Still, while listening, I had doubts about how probable that story was. I find the heroine's (lacking) reaction rather hard to swallow. OK, all this increases the tension, but I kept asking myself if Grace did have no other way out than the way she took in the end (though it was a highly gratifying way to the revenge-thirsty reader). In a situation where you want to sacrifice yourself to save somebody else, who you cannot save despite your sacrifice, sacrificing yourself does not make sense (if you get my meaning). In this case, taking care of number 1 is your priority.
Apart from this lack in probability level, I cannot really say that it was a nice listen, as the whole story is rather disgusting. But it has a thrilling quality, so you want to go on listening.

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 12/07/2020

Wow

This was amazing. I absolutely loved this one! Especially the ending. Karma is a puppy!

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  • Emily Myers
  • 04/07/2020

Loved everything about this

A fast paced thriller I couldn't put down that made me genuinely scared. Maguire's is an excellent voice for the book and does a great job.

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  • Nina
  • 26/05/2020

Looooved this

The story had me biting my nails from the first to the last second! It is infinitely exciting and terrifying and keeps on getting crazier the longer you listen!
Narrator is also very nice to listen to! Overall five stars and hoping that I can find another like this again very soon!