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Review: Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors
By B.A. Paris
St. Martin’s Press, Hardcover, 9781250121004, August 6, 2016, 304pp.

The Short of It:

This book is all kinds of crazy and incredibly hard to put down.

The Rest of It:

*No Spoilers*

Perfect couples irritate the heck out of me. The outfits, the dinners, the public displays of affection. It’s all too much. Jack and Grace happen to be that couple. Jack’s charm and good looks make him quite the catch so when Grace falls head-over-heels for him, they soon marry and from that point on, it’s all downhill from there.

They have secrets. Grace does her best to keep them, realizing she has little choice but the cat and mouse game that Jack plays is enough to make you jump out of your seat.  I spent many lunches nervously chewing my own lip off. The tension is so thick and the pacing is relentless.

Needless to say, I really loved it. I loved the story and how the characters were written. There are some interesting twists that I didn’t see coming and the ending was very, very satisfying. I’ve never heard of the author before this book but I am a fan of hers now.

If you want a book that you absolutely cannot put down and love psychological thrillers which also happen to be pretty clean in the violence/language department, then pick this one up. I’ve recommended it to many friends and everyone agrees that it’s great. Go get yourself a copy.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher via Shelf Awareness.
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Review & Tour: The Yard

The Yard

The Yard
By Aliyyah Eniath
Speaking Tiger Books, April 2016, 284pp

The Short of It:

An engaging family tale.

The Rest of It:

From the publisher:

Behrooz is brought to The Yard, a familial housing complex in Trinidad and Tobago, where he struggles to belong. His adoptive father is kindhearted, but other family members are guarded about the new addition. They contend that Behrooz will betray his family by defiling his adoptive sister, Maya, a rebellious girl who was not romantically forbidden to him under Islamic Law.

Behrooz and Maya form a childish alliance and later, struggle with romantic attraction. After they share a night of adolescent tenderness, Maya, fearing retribution, flees to London where she pursues her artistic talent. Behrooz painstakingly rebuilds his life and marries another. When tragedy strikes, Maya returns to her childhood home. There, she and Behrooz must face up to old demons. Can their love endure? Even after Maya is dealt the most “righteous” blow of all?

This book was a bit of a surprise for me. I’m not sure what I expected but I didn’t expect to be pulled into this family’s story so quickly. Behrooz’s situation tugged at my heart. Abandoned with no place to go, he is quickly taken into this family but not without angst. Maya is quick to share her displeasure but when the two forge a bond, I can’t say it was surprising when their attraction for one another grew, but it added just enough conflict for the story to hold my interest.

Parts of the story seemed a little too easy or maybe developed too quickly? But overall, I found myself completely absorbed with this family’s story. I feel that the author did a good job of portraying the family itself and although much of it takes place in The Yard, I felt as if I got enough from the setting to understand the motivation of some of the characters.

In the end, I am glad I read it and enjoyed it even though it’s quite different from what I normally read.

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Source: Review copy provided by the publisher via TLC Book Tours.
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