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Summary

A loving husband. The perfect killer?

'I wonder if Mia thinks I have a dark side. Most likely as far as she knows, I am just her dear loving husband.'

Paul Strom has spent years building his perfect life: glittering career, beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in the suburbs.

But he also has his secrets. That's why Paul has promised his wife a romantic weekend getaway. He proclaims this day, a warm Friday in May, will be the best day ever.

Paul loves his wife, really, he does. But he also wants to get rid of her. And with every hour that passes, Paul ticks off another stage in his elaborately laid plan....

Behind Closed Doors meets Liane Moriarty in this creepy, fast-paced psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming!

©2017 Kaira Rouda (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Chilling, satisfying suspense." ( Good Housekeeping)
"A tensely written, shocking book that will hold readers on the edge of their seats to the very last page." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Fast-paced, dark, and slightly disturbing, you won't be able to put this book down until its jaw-dropping ending.... Absolutely brilliant!" (Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Everything We Keep)

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dog walker sussex

The narrator kept the underlying feeling of menace brilliantly. A very different but enjoyable story.

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Great

I planned into my day to be able to listen as much as possible. The story unravelled almost with a hypnotic rhythm. I adjusted to the narrating style which added to the main character. Glad I stuck with it. Great.

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Well worth a listen

Really enjoyed this book the story was plausible and kept you guessing right to the end with all the twists the author had included. Brilliant narration and believable charachters

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  • Ann D
  • Newcastle, England
  • 01-02-18

Excellent, menacing story, very well narrated!

This was an unexpectedly excellent find for me. The characters are well drawn. It is beautifully written and, until the last chapter, is told from the point of view of an unpleasant, psychopath husband. I won’t say more in order to avoid spoilers.

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  • Catherine
  • LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
  • 02-09-18

GOOD

Paul Strom, the main character in the book was the most obnoxious, arrogant, chauvinistic prat ever!! He cannot possibly love anybody at all because his love is all focussed on himself. Having said that, some of the things he says are so outrageous that I just had to laugh out loud!
The story was a good one and kept me wanting to listen more just to find out if he was going to fall. The ending was good and satisfying.
Good choice of narrator, he was really believable as the character and had all the right inflections in his tone. He really got into character and sounded like he enjoyed narrating the book too.
I think this would make a good TV drama.

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predictable

This book was ok however the plot was very predictable. No unexpected as suggested, certainly not thrilling in my opinion.

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Could not stop !!!!

This listen is certainly worth it !!!
Nail biting ... it is not ... but that does not mean it does not keep you wanting more .....
Tense .... it is not ... but believe me you cannot stop ! It’s such a good listen ! One of the best for me ... give it a try ..

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It could have been better

I don't normally write a review, but this time I feel the need to warn others.
I lost the plot most of the time as everytime the story is progressing, always interrupted with what I called unnecessary comments from the main character, wander off the main plot to unrelated matters, and annoying opinions which I'm sure it's the intention of the author to picture how annoying obnoxious type the main character is.
It's absolutely fine to expand the story of course, IF it's relevant! But most of the time they aren't, which I often forgot what he was doing at that time!
The narators were brilliant though. The voices really pictured their characters.
Graham really sounded like Michael Douglas!

The story itself is not bad, with twisted ending in the end, and I'm glad it isn't a typical ending when the baddie mostly died tragically.

I hope the author learnt the lesson not to blabber too much next time.

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surprise!

Well, what a surprise, I can't really say anymore apart from it is a very good book and you think , well, like I said to say anymore would give the game away, suffice to say it is a must read and very enjoyable

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Fairly predictable

I thought this would have been better after reading the description of it as ‘fast moving’. I found it slow and predictable. Not many twists and turns and I found myself skipping chunks to try to find an interesting bit. I did like the narration though and would listen to another book narrated by this narrator. Not sure about the author though. An average read.