Amelie has always been a survivor, from losing her parents as a child in Paris to making it on her own in London. As she builds a career for herself in the magazine industry, she meets, and agrees to marry, Ned Hawthorne.
Amelie wakes up in a pitch-black room, not knowing where she is. Why has she been taken? Who are her mysterious captors? And why does she soon feel safer here, imprisoned, than she had begun to feel with her husband Ned?
Wow, I have read most of this author’s previous books and enjoyed the, but this one is by the far the best I have read. I read it in one sitting finishing in the early hours of the next day,unable to put it down.
The whole story is told from the POV of Amelie in short sharp chapters, alternating chapters from the past to the present. Amelie had lost her mum at a young age and her father died of cancer when she 16. She had no one. Because the home they lived in was rented after her dad died she decided to go to London where she could hopefully find work. She found a job waitressing for a while but then business went slow and she was out of a job and a place to live.
She survives, and makes some good friends in Carolyn, Justine and Lin, life is good for awhile. Justine and Lin both worked for Ned Hawthorpe neither of the ladies are really keen on Ned he keeps pestering Justine.
Amelie wants to train to be a lawyer but first she wants to get the money she needs to pay for it. But what if she is offered the money to pay for it just for one month of her life? How can she resist such an offer? How difficult can it be to just pretend something for a month?
But after she has said yes, and the deed is done she is trapped, her phone has vanished, her laptop is broken, she has okay of communicating with her friends. The last time she spoke to Carolyn she was told Justine had gone missing. Things go from bad to worse when she sees someone she likes killed in cold blood. Then her and Ned are kidnapped and held as prisoners. Will either of them survive? They are kept separately, Amelie is in a room that is pitch black no lights, there is a bathroom attached and when she locks the door a light comes in Utica he unlocks the door it goes off.
I really felt for Amelie, she had already had this tough life growing up, she was a really caring person, she was also a strong person even when trapped in the room she sat working out how to escape. She almost made it once.
There are several really good twists and turns, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, and I certainly couldn’t put the book down. The characters are relatable, three dimensional and believable.
An engrossing, engaging, fast paced psychological thriller. I very highly recommend this one.
I was lucky to be gifted a signed proof copy of this by the author for which I am very grateful. But this has not influenced my review in anyway, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
B.A. Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, Bring Me Back, The Dilemma and The Therapist. Having sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide, she is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her novels have been translated into 40 languages, and Film and TV rights to Behind Closed Doors have been optioned. She is currently based in the UK.