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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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Brilliantly written & engrossing.

*Spoilers*
You would think the author has had many years of experience of working with people with narcissistic personality disorder it's so well written but I don't think she has. Unless she has had personal experience of course. I'm glad that she recognised that although highly dangerous, someone with Paul's condition is highly susceptible to failure and a failure to see the obvious due to his literally blinding narcissism. A trait which many stories and movies ignore for storytelling reasons. I have only one small gripe which is I honestly don't thing Paul would have been able to successfully take down an ex special ops guy with a surprise stranglehold...

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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
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  • 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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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.

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Disappointingly dull

The book starts off really slowly, as it’s essentially a monologue. I persevered, but found that none of the developments surprised me. It also felt a little repetitive. Disappointed.

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