First line: ‘The champagne bottle knocks against the marble kitchen counter, making me jump. I glance at Jack, hoping he won’t have noticed how nervous I am.’
What the blurb says:
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.
You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.
Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.
This is a breathtaking debut novel from B A Paris which centres around the characters of Grace and Jack. They are the perfect couple who are devoted to one another with the perfect house and the perfect life. Jack is a successful and charismatic lawyer who specialises in domestic abuse cases and Grace is the devoted and elegant housewife who cares for her little sister Millie, who has Down’s Syndrome. But this is merely the image they present to the outside world – because none of their neighbours, friends or families truly know the horror that happens behind closed doors.
The novel is told from the point of view of Grace and has two different timelines set in the immediate present and the not too distant past chronicling how they met, Grace’s life before her marriage to Jack, and their married life together which merge together at the end.
The story is an easy one to be pulled into with the reader going on an emotional journey with Grace showing her thoughts and feelings which I felt made her tale believable. The author doesn’t hold back on any details and exposes the true reality of her situation which made for a very gripping read.
This is a great fast-paced debut psychological thriller to dip into.
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