Saturday, August 13, 2016

SPOILERS for Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris






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Starting on their wedding day Jack abused Grace.  Not as much physical abuse as you would expect, but mostly intense, devastating, psychological abuse.  And he threatened harm to  Millie as a way of keeping Grace in line.  Eventually, it was Millie who helped Grace escape.  She slipped Grace sleeping pills that she had been hoarding to try and drug Jack.


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9 comments:

  1. Stupid clichéd obvious from the first few pages he controls her /psyc/emotional abuse blah bkah..and she's too weak to leave him as soon as it stopped.it so DOESN'T deserve all the button kissin reviews it git.half the book is useless mind numbing babble. .I refuse to finish it

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    1. I so agree. Skipped to the end. Couldn't stand reading it any more.

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  2. I liked the book, even though I noticed many plot holes and flaws, but the ending really threw me. It was just so quick and simple, almost like the author had to meet her deadline so she just wrapped it up quickly. Something I missed though - Did we ever find out why Jack repeatedly went to Thailand? I understand it's something to satisfy his desire for fear in others, but I never found exactly what it was.

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    1. Hi Nikki, If I remember correctly, Jack had a thing for young boys. Which is why he never really had an intimate relationship with Grace after their marriage.

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    2. Charlotte's Web of Books
      I was wondering what page you found out that Jack liked young boys? I don't remember reading that part...

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  3. His "thing for young boys" was just a theory that Grace had. He never actually admitted that was the reason he didn't have an intimate relationship with Grace.

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  4. So at the the end, did Esther realize what had been going on all along and helped Grace with her statement? It ended so fast that I had to reread it again to see what I had missed!

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  5. I'm following this thread for the same reason. I'm confused by the ending.

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  6. Hi all! I also read this book (as an audiobook) and wanted to respond to the last question, because it is an important detail that could be overlooked. SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

    If you remember back to the first lunch that Grace had outdoors with Esther and her other friend, (to which Jack invited himself) they discussed that Millie was coming to live with them, and Jack specifically mentioned that her room was being painted her favorite color, which he said was red. Jack does this to torture Grace in thinking about the red basement room with the terrifying portraits that he plans to trap Millie in, and terrorize her for his own sick needs. It seems a small detail, but Esther remember this. Then, when they have the birthday party for Millie, Esther buys Millie a red jewelry box to match her supposedly red room. This is when Jack's arrogance undoes him; Esther then sees that Millie's room is yellow, and Millie herself states that yellow, not red, is her favorite color. I think this is when Esther becomes truly aware that something is wrong; perhaps that there is another room, one that is red, in some other part of the house intended for Millie. Personally I think until this point that Esther is hard to read; she is almost written as being possibly jealous of Grace's seemly perfect life, but this is when the veil is drawn back and yellowish, sunny childlike yellow turns into blood red. At the end of the book, in Grace and Esther's last conversation, Esther mentions that the basement room Jack was found in, with no indoor unlocking mechanism, was blood red; Millie's room. This is her way of telling Grace that she figured it out, and was not going to judge her or make her suffer for escaping her captor. At least, that's what I think. Clever little detail - loved it!

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