on August 9th 2016
Genres: Realistic Fiction, Thriller
Reaction Upon Reading: I have the chills!
“I look around at everybody laughing and joking together and struggle to understand my life has become a living hell that nobody present could even begin to imagine”
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?
“I can’t help thinking it’s a shame he’s such a sadistic bastard, because he has wonderful manners.”
This book had me hooked from the very first chapter. There was something extremely chilling about reading from the perspective of the perfect wife preparing the perfect dinner party with her ever so attentive husband by her side.
To the outsiders looking in Jack and Grace appear to have the perfect relationship but as we delve deeper we quickly discover that their relationship isn’t all it appears to be. In the beginning Grace’s relationship with Jack is everything she could ask for. She has a man by her side who is willing to help her take care of Millie – her down-syndrome sister. He is attentive, affectionate and extremely good looking. Everything seems to be perfect until the wedding day. Jack’s motives are laid out on the table and it’s too late for Grace to do anything about it, she has already fallen into Jack’s trap.
Jack’s power over Grace always comes back to Millie. Jack threatens to harm her if Grace doesn’t fulfill his wishes. He has thought and planned out every meticulous detail to fulfill his horrid fantasies, that stem from childhood trauma/infatuation. There were times throughout the book where I kept thinking ‘How can this actually happen?!’ and then I realized there are sick and twisted people in this world and I probably don’t even know the half of it.
The scariest thing to me was what the heck was going on Thailand? What was he doing there that met his needs and how does that manage to go under the radar?
That last sentence was bone chilling. I had to put the book down and take a moment to absorb everything I just had read. I then proceeded to ring my friend (who had recommended the book to me) and discuss it from start to finish. All I can say (without giving away too much) is thank god for Esther and her distrusting nature!
I still have so many questions in regards to Jack’s childhood. I was sad that there was no prologue. I know its unrealistic given the content of this book but I was hoping it would all be tied together in a neat little bow of happiness.
I devoured this book. It was such a quick read and the writing made it so much more intense and visual. I felt like I was trapped in that house and basement far too many times. This book deals with intense, devastating and psychological abuse. It is gripping from start to finish.
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