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

So everyone, last week i’ve bundled myself with books and one of it was Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris. Here’s the cover of the book:

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Isn’t it interesting? I think it’s interesting because the summary on the back of the cover was written like this:

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends callβ€”so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

I was intrigued by the summary and finally got a chance to read this book (thanks to all of my friends who gave me this as my birthday present!) Now, enough with the chit-chat. I’m going to review this book now.

The story started with a scene Grace and Jack were having their guests at their home. It wasn’t so appealing at first, I even closed my book after reading several pages (which makes me feel guilty though, because I end up liking this book). But after trying to read couple of pages, the story got exciting. This book wasn’t that kind of psychological thriller that you might expect much aside from “Gone Girl” or “The Girl on the Train”, although the idea might be start from those books. This book was very fast-paced even you cannot stand a night without reading it until the end. You maybe have read this book review from another websites, and many people said that this book was horror, terrifying and sort of like that. But, I think, it was no comparison to horror or terrifying stuff because if you enjoy gore/thriller genre, you might find this book is not disturbing at all. I, myself, is a fan of gore or thriller genre and I’ve read something more horrible than this book, book the plot wasn’t as exciting as this book. So it’s like every book has it pros and cons.

Pros of this book:

  • easy-understanding-language. I’m not a native English speaker, so finding this kind of book excites me because I don’t have to re-read some phrases that I don’t think I will understand by reading it once.
  • fast-paced. In thriller genre, I prefer fast-paced story rather than slow-paced. Slow-paced is boring.
  • unpredictable ending. Well, I sort of guessed that Grace would get help from … instead of … (sorry, I cannot spill the spoiler, you gotta read it by yourself ;))

Cons of this book:

  • cliche plot. The plot was very cliche. Very. But somehow the author succeed of making it interesting and made the readers didn’t want to close this book. Good job you did there, author.
  • unpredictable ending but still predictable ending. As you know, every psychological thriller story ending always ends up with the culprit is one of the ‘main’ character itself. Be ware.

I think, that’s all I can say about this book. Happy reading! and thank you for reading this review, appreciate a lot! πŸ™‚

-cg

BOOK REVIEW: Now You See Me (#1 Lacey Flint Series) by SJ Bolton

I found this book three weeks ago by recommendation of one GR (goodreads) member. I read its review and got curious. Then, I happened reading this book. I got hooked up and decided to make a review of it. And here’s my review.

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Book Title: Now You See Me

Author: Sharon Bolton (pen name: SJ Bolton)

Publisher: Transworld Publisher

Year of Publication: 2011

Number of Pages: 400 Pages (Hardcover)

Topic

The main topic of this book is crime-thriller.

Plot

The plot of the story is chronological and reverse. The story started with a young detective called Lacey Flint. One day, when she went to the parking lot where her car was parked, she found a woman brutally wounded, next to her car, but still alive. She, then got involved in the case, and met CID members. They worked together to solve the case. The conflict started when one of Flint acquaintances, received a threatening mail. The sender of the mail called himself as ‘Saucy Jacky’, which was the name of Jack the Ripper back then. The story followed by many twists as the twist climax was at the end of the story.

Characters

  • DC Lacey Flint: She is such a strong female character. The author described her appearance and characters very well. What I don’t like is, her lack of consistency. I know, it’s very acceptable for her to be an unstable person (because of her ‘dark’ past), but people need principles in life to survive. But, she’s still a lovable character though.
  • DI Mark Joesbury: This is my favorite-fictional-character of the year! I love everything about him. His turquoise eyes, brown-dark-hair, strong jaw, fine muscles. Duh. I just can’t handle it anymore. He is logical, sarcastic, hard-to-guess, he is just, perfect! (and gorgeous).
  • DCI Dana Tulloch: Yup. She is in the highest position in CID. She is a beautiful woman and responsible of her duty. She’s been very helpful in the development on the case but sometimes her position in the team is just like a ‘brain’. Her relationship with DI Joesbury is somehow sweet but later you might sense something about them.
  • DS Anderson: He is a fine man in my imagination I guess. He helps the team through everything. And he is very neutral (doesn’t choose either sides) and a good mood-booster for the team though. But, the author didn’t explain anything too details about him. He is just kinda bit like a ‘cameo’, if this book is a movie.
  • DC Pete Stenning: DC Lacey Flint co-worker. Good friend of her but not really a friend. She said she doesn’t make friends at work, of course.

Background

The story took place in London. Some scenes were taken at River Thames, Camden Town, Lewisham Police Station, and Southwark. The author didn’t describe the settings of the story very detailed, so I just got a little glimpse of the place (because I’m not a Londoner). Author, maybe it will be very nice if you describe every setting in the story in details so your non-UK readers can imagine the place. That would be wonderful.

Position of the author

Number one. This story was narrated from Flint’s point of view, although some of them are from killer’s point of view. Well-narrated.

From some points above, I make some conclusions:

What I like about this book: The story has a very good plot. This book got me curious until the end. I read this book everywhere, everytime, even during school lessons (ssh, don’t tell my teacher!). I like the characters and how the author described them.

What I don’t like about this book: Some of scenes are ambiguous, and sometimes the plot (what-will-happen-next) can be guessed. Although not every scenes are guess-able. Some things don’t match my expectations as a reader (about who is Jack the Ripper. At first, I thought ‘he’ was a completely stranger and it turned out ‘he’ was someone in Lacey’s life). But you know, a mystery story is often ambiguous. The ‘unclear’ part is what makes the readers keep reading!

Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. Good job, Sharon!

Happy reading everyone! πŸ™‚

Ps. If you start reading this book, don’t forget to drop me a line on my Instagram or just simply comment down below once you finished it. I’ve got something special to tell you. πŸ˜‰