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“I can’t help thinking it’s a shame he’s such a sadistic bastard, because he has wonderful manners.” 

 

Question – When are we going to be finished with this trend of terrible books about men who torture women and women who are blind to insanely visible red flags?  

 

Possibly a better question – When am I going to stop reading them voluntarily and then bitching about them as though they were assigned to me?  

 

Hopefully soon.  

 

Behind Closed Doors is another one of these stories.  Jack and Grace are the ‘perfect’ couple, beautiful and rich, living in London.  Jack is a big shot attorney, fighting for the rights of downtrodden women everywhere.  Grace has left her career (red flag 1) to marry Jack because he doesn’t want to share her (red flag 2) and to keep his big important house with a special needs sister that she is very close to.

 

Like most in this genre, it takes an unreasonable amount of time for her to figure out she married a psycho.  And I spent an unreasonable amount of time yelling “Oh come on!” into my Kindle.  The story is told in alternating chapters – “Past” and “Present” which is a device that works until about halfway through, when you are like enough already get to the end.  

 

For me, what makes Behind Closed Doors different than other stories in this genre, is the ending.  An otherwise fairly formulaic book was rescued by the way she told the ending here – not the ending itself, which was fine and satisfying – but the way she chose to write it.  I’m not going to spoil it here, but for me this turned a C- book into a:

 

Grade – B-