Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (Book Summary)

Grace and Jack Angel appears to be a happy couple, they also seem too perfect. Jack is a lawyer who never lost a case and Grace is a housewife. They’ve been married for a year and are living in a house they planned together. However, that perfect life is a lie because the truth is – Jack is keeping Grace as a prisoner, and they are far from being happy because they don’t act as couples when they are alone.

Grace met Jack in a park, where her younger Sister (who has down’s syndrome) is dancing alone. While other people are staring at Millie, Jack approaced them and danced with Millie. Grace found it hard to find a man that can accept the fact that she has a responsibility with Millie (because their parents don’t want her) . Jack was everything she was looking for, and she fell inlove with him immediately because he was so perfect. When he asked her to marry him, there was no doubt, she said yes.

On their wedding day, Millie fell down the stairs (which Millie then told Grace that Jack pushed her down the stairs). They pushed through with the wedding while Millie was at the hospital. After the wedding, they went to Thailand for their honeymoon, and that was when Grace found out who Jack really was.

Jack only married her because he wants someone he can torture, someone whom no one is gonna look for – Millie was that someone, and Grace was just a way of getting Millie. Grace had several attempts of escaping, but Jack always outsmarted her. For a year, she never found the chance to escape, and she was pressured because it will just be a few months until Millie lives with them. When Millie lives with them, Jack will then start torturing her.

Everytime Grace tries to escape, she is punished, either by being prohibited to see Millie, by being taken away privileges, or being locked in the basement. Still, she tries her best to escape. There was one Sunday when Mrs. Goodrich asked to see the both of them, because Millie was having trouble sleeping. She was then prescribed sleeping pills. When Grace saw Millie again on the next week, Millie handed her the sleeping pills she gathered everynight. Millie just asked her to kill Jack, and Grace made her believe that she flushed the pills in the toilet, but truth was she kept it in her shoe, thinking how she’d get Jack drink it.

Grace finally had the chance to let Jack drink the pills. She crushed it secretly, and then poured it to Jack’s whiskey. She was having drinks with Jack regularly because as per her request, but on the day Jack lost his case for the first time, they drank togethere, and she added the crushed pills in his glass. It knocked him off and gave her enough time to go to Thailand. Both of them were planning to have a vacation in Thailand. Since she doesn’t know how to go to the airport, she ended up asking Esther. Esther picked her up from home, and dropped her in the airport.

While in Thailand, she kept on leaving messages to Jack, asking him to call her. She told the people she met in Thailand and the receptionisht that Jack will just be a few days late since he’ll be finishing some paperwork for the case. As days passed, she left more frantic voicemails to Jack.

Since she no longer received any calls from Jack, she called his friend, Adam. Adam looked for Jack, but found no trace of him. Together with the police, they went inside the house. They found Jack’s body in the basement. Grace was then informed in Thailand, and she came rushing back home, nervous of how she’d handle the situation, to make sure that no one will suspect that she killed Jack by sneaking sleeping pills into his whiskey.
From Thailand, Grace was picked up by Esther. Grace doesn’t want to talk to Esther, because Esther was very observant. During dinners with her before, she always asks questions, and constantly reaches out to Grace, like she’s looking for any sign of imperfection.

Esther insisted that they have coffee first before talking to anyone else. She informed Grace that Jack didn’t die of drug overdose, but because of dehydration – because he was locked inside a basement that can only be opened in the outside. Esther also asked Grace about the basement, which was painted red, with battered portraits of women hanging on the wall. Esther clarified this with her, because Jack mentioned that Millie will have a Red Room, but when they met Millie, she mentioned that her room will be Yellow.
Grace was anxious, because it looks like Esther figured out what she did. However, Esther said that the two of them were the last one who saw Jack alive, when he waved by the window — and Grace realized that Esther was helping her.

Author: B.A. Paris
Finished reading this on: July 26, 2018

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Eva Harmoni

There was one night when the rain poured so hard, and i didn't want it to stop. Weird, because i was afraid and amused by the sound of the rain and thunder. The sound of it made me less alone that night. The next day i woke up to find my collection of journals soaked. I keep it near the window to make sure no one could read it. The writings can still be read but i was devastated by the damage. I wanted it preserved but i don't want it published. Still amused by the rain but afraid of the wrath it could bring to my journals, i created this blog.

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