Author : B.A.Paris
Publisher : ST, Martin’s Press
Genre : Psychological Thriller
Source : Own
Rating : 1 star
Summary : 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 call—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?
Hmmm. I am not quite sure on how to start this review. I read and loved The Breakdown by the same author earlier and expected to love this as much, if not more. The premise, though similar, felt fresh enough to make you want to pick it up and that is just what I did. I picked it up and I flipped through it and I got bored enough to put it down and donate it to a library. Yep, that is what I did. I even tried the audiobook but it still wasn’t intriguing enough for me to keep at it and it is all because of one single reason. The antagonist, Jack, came off like a Disney villain.
WHAT I LIKED
As I mentioned earlier, the premise is absolutely amazing. I live in a country where woman are controlled so much by their husbands and in-laws that it is not surprising to hear about it. But a premise like this, set in a western world is not only different, it is also blood curdlingly inviting to read about. Western countries known for their “equality” and “civility” are the last place you would expect a character like this so I get that it is hard to make the story believable. But it started off really well, well enough to keep me reading for quite a while.
WHAT I DISLIKED
The villain was so comical that I spent more time rolling my eyes than I did feeling worried for the protagonist. Who is that hypnotiser guy in Aladdin? This guy seemed like that. Which really sucks because of how well the rest of it was written. I think the editor should have caught it or the publisher should have caught it. I mean a book goes through so many people before it gets published so why didn’t anyone give the feedback to make him more realistic? Sigh.
I can’t say much. But I will probably borrow the author’s next book. Won’t be buying. BUT I will say this, I think this book would make a seriously kickass movie/TV show. It feels like something that would benefit with good acting and camera work and I really hope someone (cough Netflix cough) picks this up and makes it come alive on screen.