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?
RATING: ♦♦♦♦ / 5
This is one of those books where I started reading it and then gave up a few pages in, but then saw it on someone else’s newsfeed and decided to give it a second chance, and I’m so very glad that I did. Once I started reading it, I had to finish it in one sitting.
Grace’s journey in this book is something that happens very often in real life to way too many people. Okay, maybe the story doesn’t end as dramatically it did in the book, but her situation in that household is something that women commonly go through, even if not in the exact same way. Reading this book, watching her story unfold, watching her lose herself and her confidence and everything else she’s ever known, was just so upsetting and saddening.
But then again, when it comes to family, one is ready to do anything and Grace does exactly that. She plummets to being someone scared out of her wits, but when it’s the question of saving a loved one, she gathers up her wits & does something she never thought she could or would.
Along with Grace, there is another character who is the star of this novel. And I believe that in real life, if we all had such an amazing supporting character, we too would dare to do what it takes to free ourselves from whatever is keeping us trapped.
Another thing that is a major highlight of this story is the fact that how any of us, regardless of how independent and well educated we can be, never know who we will fall for or what sort of person he/she actually are. They could look sinister but turn out to be have the kindest of hearts, or they could look kind but end up being the most sinister of them all. We never know, regardless of how much time we may have spent with them, because certain people are experts at wearing their masks & hiding their true identities. And this is a sad & very much scary prospect in all of our lives
Basically, this is a wonderful novel that is essentially a mystery entwined with love, sacrifices, desperation & misery. Definitely worth the read & anyone looking for an interesting read should give it a shot.