Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (Book Summary)

Grace met Jack in a park, where her younger sister (who has down’s syndrome) is dancing alone. While other people were staring at Millie, Jack approached them and danced with Millie. Grace found it hard to find a man who could accept that she has responsibility with Millie (because their parents don’t want her). Jack was everything she was looking for, and she fell in love with him immediately because he was so perfect. When he asked her to marry him, there was no doubt she said yes.

Millie fell down the stairs (which Millie then told Grace that Jack pushed her down the stairs). They pushed through with the wedding while Millie was at the hospital. After the wedding, they went to Thailand for their honeymoon, and that was when Grace found out who Jack really was.

Jack only married her because he wanted someone he could torture, someone whom no one is gonna look for – Millie was that someone and Grace was just a way of getting Millie. Grace had several attempts to escape, but Jack always outsmarted her. She never found the chance to run for a year, and she was pressured because it would just be a few months until Millie lived with them. When Millie lives with them, Jack will then start torturing her.

Every time Grace tries to escape, she is punished, either by being prohibited from seeing Millie, taking away privileges, or being locked in the basement. Still, she tries her best to escape. One Sunday, when Mrs. Goodrich asked to see both of them because Millie was having trouble sleeping. She has then prescribed sleeping pills. When Grace saw Millie again the next week, Millie handed her the sleeping pills she gathered every night. Millie just asked her to kill Jack, and Grace made her believe that she flushed the drugs in the toilet, but the truth was she kept it in her shoe, thinking how she’d get Jack to drink it.

Grace finally had the chance to let Jack drink the pills. She crushed it secretly and then poured it into Jack’s whiskey. She was having drinks with Jack regularly because as per her request, but on the day Jack lost his case for the first time, they drank together, and she added the crushed pills in his glass. It knocked him off and gave her enough time to go to Thailand. Both of them were planning to have a vacation in Thailand. Since she didn’t know how to go to the airport, she ended up asking Esther. Esther picked her up from home and dropped her at the airport.

While in Thailand, she kept on leaving messages to Jack, asking him to call her. She told the people she met in Thailand and the receptionist that Jack would just be a few days late since finishing some paperwork for the case. As days passed, she left more frantic voicemails to Jack.

Since she no longer received any calls from Jack, she called his friend, Adam. Adam looked for Jack but found no trace of him. Together with the police, they went inside the house. They found Jack’s body in the basement. Grace was then informed in Thailand, and she came rushing back home, nervous about how she’d handle the situation, to make sure that no one would suspect that she killed Jack by sneaking sleeping pills into his whiskey.
From Thailand, Grace was picked up by Esther. Grace doesn’t want to talk to Esther because Esther is very observant. During dinners with her before, she always asks questions and constantly reaches out to Grace, like she’s looking for any sign of imperfection.

Esther insisted that they have coffee first before talking to anyone else. She informed Grace that Jack didn’t die of a drug overdose, but because of dehydration – because he was locked inside a basement that can only be opened on the outside. Esther also asked Grace about the cellar, painted red, with battered portraits of women hanging on the wall. Esther clarified this with her because Jack mentioned Millie would have a Red Room, but she said that her room would be Yellow when they met Millie.
Grace was anxious because it looked like Esther had figured out what she had done. However, Esther said that the two of them were the last ones who saw Jack alive when he waved by the window — and Grace realized that Esther was helping her.

Author: B.A. Paris

Finished reading this on July 26, 2018

The End of Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (Book Review)

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What I liked about it:

Easy to read. It was such a short read for me, probably because I expected the novel to get more complicated. However, it is good that this was such an easy read – minimal characters, uncomplicated way of narration.
Plot. The plot will make me look forward to how the book will end. Since the story revolves around the wife, saving herself from her husband – wanting to know if they’d get held made me hang on to the story.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Book Summary)

Since she was a kid, Scarlett Dragna has been writing letters to Legend, the master of Caraval. She wanted to play in Caraval, along with her younger sister, Donatella Dragna. When Scarlett was about to get married, she sent one last letter to Legend, and at that time, she got a reply and an invitation. Scarlett, Tella, and Julian (the sailor) went to Caraval, Tella was kidnapped by Legend, and it turns out that the game revolves around Tella. The first player that finds Tella wins and can get a wish as a reward. Scarlett and Julian helped each other and eventually fell in love with each other (initially Tella and Julian; however, Julian admitted that he was just using Tella to get hold of the ticket to Caraval.) The two of them played the game, looking for clues and helping each other. They have been warned that most parts of the game are not genuine. However, they were still fearful (they even got hurt) when they saw Scarlett’s father and fiancée. They are the person Tella and Scarlett are running away from, but they follow them to Caraval, and they want to take the siblings home, to punish them.

After a couple of struggles, Scarlett finally met Tella, and to her relief, she was fine. However, Julian is already dead. He was killed by Legend because he admitted the truth – that Julian is a part of a game. When Tella and Scarlett reconciled, there was still something wrong. Tella was convinced that Caraval was a safe place, and she revealed that she was in love with someone in Caraval named Daniel, but when Daniel entered, Scarlett recognized him as Legend. She warns Tella, but she just ends up getting tied. After a while, their father enters, accompanied by Scarlett’s fiancé. They were arguing. Tella mentions that she can do anything for Scarlett, which was provoked by Legend, and Tella ends up jumping from the balcony. Since Tella is already dead, their father no longer has any control over Scarlett and ends up leaving the Caraval with her supposed to be fiancé. It was a good thing that they could get rid of their father, but Scarlett was devastated because Tella and Julian were dead. She wept – and then wished Tella back to life.

Scarlett’s love for Tella brought her back to life, and they reunited. It was then revealed that Tella made a game with Legend since Tella believes that her sister loves her enough to give her back to life. She has been exchanging letters with Legend. Also, it was revealed that who they know as Legend was not the real Legend.

At the end of the novel, Tella and Scarlett attend a party. At that party, Scarlett saw Julian. She was so relieved to find him alive, although he was already talking to another lady at that time. Nevertheless, she approached Julian, and they spoke, and he admitted that he is a part of the game and is related to Legend.

(To add to the story, Scarlett and Tella’s grandmother named Annalise broke Legend’s heart by marrying another man.)

The End of Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

Author: Stephanie Garber

Finished reading on April 26, 2018

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Book Review)

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When I read it: I liked the setting at first, although it got confusing when they entered Caraval. I just could not imagine what Caraval looks like. I’m not sure if this is supposed to appear like a Carnival, if the game is a celebration, or if this is supposed to be a dark setting… Does Caraval look like an old palace where players get lost? Scarlett and Julian run, hide and chase someone, and I am a little confused with how I could imagine these scenes because one moment it was magical, but then it is suddenly dark on the next. Continue reading Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Book Review)

False Memory by Dean Koontz (Book Review)

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What I liked about it:

Rare Plot: It’s not a usual novel that revolves around death. It does not start with a mysterious death by a serial killer that detectives chase the entire book. It begins with no death at all, just a couple of weird things they could not explain.
Many questions kept me going, but it never got to the point that I was confused. Also, the questions that I had were all answered in the end.
Connections that I never saw coming. There is more to the villain and his actions at the near end. In the novel, it turns out that there was a reason why the primary victims, Martie and Dusty, were chosen. Continue reading False Memory by Dean Koontz (Book Review)

False Memory by Dean Koontz (Book Summary)

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Martie Rhodes lives with her husband, Dusty Rhodes, and their dog, Valet. She is a video game designer, and she accompanies her best friend, Susan Jagger, to the Doctor weekly to treat her phobia. She had been taking Susan to her Doctor, Dr. Ahrima,n for multiple sessions,s and although she couldn’t see any progress, Martie was assured by the Doctor that she was doing better. Continue reading False Memory by Dean Koontz (Book Summary)

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Book Review)

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What I liked about it:

  • Unexpected villain. The Novel was able to hide the villain perfectly by making nearly all characters a suspect. Readers have to go through a series of “I think this is the one” throughout the book.
  • Interesting scenes. It provides exciting scenes if you ever get tired of reading what really happened to Nel. There are scenes where it was told what happened to the previous women who drowned in that River. Continue reading Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Book Review)

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Book Summary)

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Julia (Jules) Abbott was dragged back to the old Mill House when Danielle (Nel Abbott) died. She had to take care of the 15 years old daughter she left behind. Also, she had to look into the details behind her death. At the moment, the cause of her death was suicide, but it was more complicated. Continue reading Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Book Summary)

The Keeper of Lost Things By Roth Hogan (Book Review)

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What made me choose this book: I’ve been looking for books that are as good as the previous book I read, which is “The Roanoke Girls.” Aside from the very intriguing title, I was curious about the entire story since I was expecting this to be a story filled with magic. I was hoping that the “Keeper of Lost Things” is a person who’s found in the gates of heaven. I was wrong, but I was not disappointed. Continue reading The Keeper of Lost Things By Roth Hogan (Book Review)

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (Book Summary)

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Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. It started when he lost his late wife’s communion medal on her death, and he felt like he failed her. He collected the lost stuff and labeled them in his study, hoping that they would someday be reunited with its owners, just like the medal he lost. Those lost things also inspired his short stories that were published. When he died, he left the house they called Padua to Laura, his assistant. Laura took care of the house or her inheritance together with Sunshine and Freddy. Sunshine is a neighbor who became Laura’s friend after Anthony’s death. Freddy is the gardener who got close to Laura after Anthony’s death (they even end up falling in love). Continue reading The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (Book Summary)