”’Fear,’ he whispered. ‘There is nothing quite like it. I love how it looks, I love how it feels, I love how it smells. And I especially love the sound of it.’ I felt his tongue on my cheek. ‘I even love the taste of it.’”
Welcome to Jack and Grace’s perfect life and perfect marriage. Jack’s an amazing, handsome and successful lawyer for battered woman and Grace is the gorgeous put-together house wife… or so it seems. But what if Grace were to tell she wasn’t a house wife, she was in fact a prisoner locked up by her own husband who craves nothing more than seeing and feeling another person’s fear? Would you believe her?
I loved all the twists and turns and edge of the seat moments within this novel. It was an excellent thriller that I’m sure thousands have and will continue to enjoy. I’m definitely going to keep my eyes peeled for any more novels from Paris as I loved her style of writing and felt her story telling flowed perfectly.
The characters were very well developed and you really got a good insight into their lives, thoughts and feelings. Paris did an excellent job at making two very unique characters. Without trying to give too much away, Jack is a very different kind of sadistic captor. He’s so terrifying because he could definitely be real. He could be your neighbour, your boss, your friend even. He’s just a seemingly normal guy but what lies underneath is far from normal.
Grace can be a little stupid and doesn’t often act quick enough, it’s no use for her to try anyway as Jack is always one step ahead. She’s trapped and she knows it, therefore she’s an interesting character to see progress through the novel as we see her seemingly give up against her captor, but really, underneath, she’s cunning and planning the whole time.
If it wasn’t for the fact that you could easily guess how this was going to end once the idea was placed in front of you, it might have even got a 5 star rating. Though the end was predictable there was still some element of shock to it, especially the last heart breaking / lifting scene.
The weird thing is, the whole time I read this I thought how far fetched and silly it was, though I was enjoying it, but when you think about it, it’s not that far fetched. You hear all these terrible stories about women kidnapped and held against their will who are given the freedom to go outside but they’re so paralysed by fear of what could happen, they never say a thing to anyone. Jaycee Lee Dugard, for example, was kidnapped and kept hidden for 18 years! Keeping someone captive isn’t that uncommon and I’m sure there are actually some terrified women out there that are living a life something very similar to this. So when you put it into that perspective this becomes a very chilling horror story rather than just a fast paced thriller.