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B. A. Paris is from a Franco/Irish background. She was brought up in England and moved to France where she spent some years working as a trader in an international bank before re-training as a teacher and setting up a language school with her husband. They still live in France and have five daughters.
She is the author of the bestselling psychological thriller Behind Closed Doors.
March 2018 Book of the Month A tale in three parts and dual-narrative. Part one gives you the before and after Layla disappeared, part two when her lover Finn is haunted by her and part three, obviously enough, the conclusion. The narrative is in alternating chapters, one side, annoyingly, in italics. The time frame; twelve years, the plot; terrific. Finn, aged 28, falls heavily for Layla but on returning from a skiing trip in France she disappears. Years later her sister, Ellen, enters Finn’s life and rescues him from his despair. They have a gentle, solid, comfortable relationship which develops into love and eventually a proposal of marriage. Then things start to go wrong and part two seriously changes gear giving us a very unstable narrator and escalating tension. Part three turns the whole thing on its head again, drawing us at a hell of a pace to a conclusion that you only see coming as those final chapters unfold. This is compulsive stuff, a one-sitting read, so give it space.
February 2017 Book of the Month. Right from the start Paris throws you into an intense atmosphere of confusion, suspense and fear. Taking a shortcut home on a stormy, summer night proves to have life-changing consequences for Cass when she spots what appears to be a breakdown along the way. She stops to offer assistance but when there is no apparent response she heads home telling herself that she’ll call the police once she’s home to report the incident. The next day she discovers that the driver of the car has been brutally murdered and is immediately filled with guilt as she realises she forgot to make the call. Slowly her life begins to unravel as she’s convinced the killer saw her stop and is now stalking her. Paris takes us right into heart of the story as we follow Cass on a journey of despair and self-doubt. Her mother’s early death from Dementia adds fuel to the increasing distress she feels as her own memory begins to fail her. There is a real sense of foreboding within this novel. Cass’s voice is one filled with terror, guilt and desperation. This is a woman whose sanity is pushed to the edge and as the novel progresses the intensity of her experience is relayed to the reader offering an exciting read as we try to work out what really happened that night and how much memory affects us. ~ Shelley Fallows
‘Behind Closed Doors’ is an intriguing, sharply gripping debut thriller. For a fairly short story, there’s an awful lot packed in. Jack and Grace appear to be a perfect couple however on meeting them, little disturbing jolts of information flicker emerge, all is not as it first seems. I initially found myself frustrated with Grace, however as the layers built and the story evolved, my irritation melted away. B.A. Paris starts each chapter as either ‘past’ or ‘present’, and they run in a disconcerting way, keeping you on a serrated edge of understanding, as the two pictures gradually fuse into one. I recommend turning away any small moments of disbelief, just allow yourself to be captivated by the story, because ‘Behind Closed Doors’ transforms into a cracking and fiercely intense story.
February 2016 Debut of the Month. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is an intriguing, sharply gripping debut thriller, where for a fairly short novel, there’s an awful lot packed into the pages. Jack and Grace appear to be a perfect couple however on meeting them, little disturbing jolts of information flicker across the pages, all is not as it first seems. I initially found myself frustrated with Grace, however as the layers built and the story evolved, my irritation melted away. B.A. Paris heads each chapter as either ‘past’ or ‘present’, and they run in a disconcerting way, keeping you on a serrated edge of understanding, as the two pictures gradually fuse into one. I recommend turning away any small moments of disbelief, just allow yourself to be captivated by the story, because ‘Behind Closed Doors’ transforms into a cracking and fiercely intense read. ~ Liz Robinson A letter feom the Author... Hello! Before I tell you about Behind Closed Doors, I would like to share something a little more personal with you. I have always loved reading. One of my fondest memories is of the travelling library that used to park at the bottom of our road every Monday evening. I can still remember the smell of the books and the feeling of absolute calm that enveloped me as soon as I stepped over the threshold, a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of a busy household, where I was sandwiched in the middle of four brothers. When I was older, I spent many happy hours in our local library, or huddled behind the sofa in our sitting room with my nose in a book, escaping to other worlds, other lives. As soon as I settled in France, I became an enthusiastic member of book clubs, where the amount of tea we drank and the quantity of cakes we ate united us almost as much as our love of reading! Now, five daughters later (I like to think of them as a reward for growing up surrounded by boys!) I’m thrilled that my first book is going to be published in February 2016 by Mira/Harlequin. All I will say about Behind Closed Doors is that it is a psychological drama and that if you think your partner is a control freak, wait until you meet Jack! I didn’t set out to make him as bad as he is but he obviously thought I wasn’t doing a good enough job and, as the story went on, he took over, making the story so gripping that even I felt shivers down my spine! If you are kind enough to choose my book, I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. And I’d be delighted to come and speak to your reading group, or answer any questions you may have about Behind Closed Doors, in person. I’m also available on Twitter @BAParisAuthor. With very best wishes, B.A. Paris
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable. Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn't work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows. Some might wonder what's really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed. From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.
The million-copy bestselling author B A Paris returns with a breathtaking thriller. 'We're in a new Golden Age of suspense writing now, because of amazing books like Bring Me Back' Lee Child 'An addictive new voice in suspense fiction' Sophie Hannah 'Made me stay up way beyond my bedtime!' Jane Corry Finn and Layla: young and in love, their whole lives ahead of them. Driving back from a holiday in France one night, Finn pulls in to a service station, leaving Layla alone in the car. When he returns, minutes later, Layla has vanished, never to be seen again. That's the story Finn tells the police. It's the truth - but not the whole truth. Twelve years later, Finn has built a new life with Ellen, Layla's sister, when he receives a phone call. Someone has seen Layla. But is it her - or someone pretending to be her? If it is her, what does she want? And what does she know about the night she disappeared? Bring Me Back is the utterly compelling, white-knuckle thriller from Sunday Times bestseller B A Paris. Praise for B A Paris: 'An addictive new voice in suspense fiction' Sophie Hannah 'Just finished this BRILLIANT book...Clever, addictive and twisty, I couldn't sleep until I found out the truth...The twist floored me! Utterly compelling from beginning to end' Claire Couglas 'Made me stay up way beyond my bedtime! BA Paris has a knack for getting into your head' Jane Corry 'A page-turning masterpiece' Amanda Prowse 'A tale of dark secrets, with mystery and intrigue building up and up to an ending with a fabulous twist. I devoured it - I couldn't turn the pages quick enough' Mel Sherratt 'This book is compulsive reading from start to finish. A perfectly crafted work of art, seamless and mesmerising. I envy those yet to read it for the pleasure they have in store' Amand Robson 'A cracking page turner with a killer twist' Camilla Way 'An incredibly pacy, heart-pounding thriller - the twist at the end left me reeling. B A Paris does it again in this exhilarating exploration of love, jealousy and betrayal. A must read!' Phoebe Morgan 'Bring Me Back will not leave your hands until you have turned the last page!' Wendy Walker
A tokeletes hazassag? Vagy a tokeletes hazugsag?A pszichilgiai thriller, amirt mindenki megA rlMindenki ismer olyan prokat, mint Jack s Grace. Jack jkpA s gazdag, Grace bjos s elegns. Kedveljk A ket, mg ha nem is ll szndkunkban.s szeretnnk Grace-t jobban is megismerni.Csakhogy ez nem is olyan egyszerA , ugyanis Jack s Grace elvlaszthatatlanok.Van, aki ezt igaz szerelemnek nevezn. Msok taln feltennk a krdst, hogy Grace mirt nem veszi fel soha a telefont. Vagy mirt nem lehet vele belni valahova egy kvra, jllehet nem dolgozik. s hogy marad olyan sovny, noha rafinlt fogsok sort fA zi? s vajon mirt van rcs az egyik hlszoba ablakon?Brilins, dermesztA , flelmetes s letehetetlen."e;Lesley Pearse
Orokosen megfeledkezunk aprosagokrol.A kulcsainkrl.A bartunk szletsnapjrl.Az vfordulinkrl.Lehet egy apr feledkenysgnek gyilkossg a vge?
If you can't trust yourself, who can you trust?Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods. It was on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, and a woman was sitting inside-the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm, and she probably would have been hurt herself if she'd stopped. Not only that, her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. But since then, she's been forgetting every little thing. Where she left the car; if she took her pills; even the alarm code. The only thing she can't forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt. And the silent calls she's receiving, or the feeling that someone's watching her
Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods and the woman who was killed. Since then she's been forgetting everything. Where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn't have a baby...What she can't forget is the woman she might have saved, the terrible nagging guilt, the silent calls she's receiving and the feeling that someone's watching her...