Book Reviews

The Prisoner by B.A. Paris

Thank you to NetGalley, B.A. Paris, and St. Martin’s Press for my advanced reader’s copy of The Prisoner, publishing November 1, 2022!

I’ve read a couple B.A. Paris books at this point: Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. Maybe they were overhyped, but both just fell flat to me. When I saw The Prisoner on NetGalley, I thought I’d give her another shot. Was it worth it? Keep reading!

The Story

With Behind Closed Doors, B.A. Paris takes the psychological thriller to shocking new heights. Now she’ll hold you captive with this stunning new thriller about one woman wed into a family with deadly intentions.

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 life for herself, she is swept up into a glamorous lifestyle where she married the handsome billionaire Jed Hawthorne.

But then, 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 Jed?

My Thoughts

Now, I’m curious after re-reading the blurb. In the version that I read, the husband’s name is Ned, not Jed. Wonder which one will go into publication… Personally, I hope it’s Ned because I think it’s more fitting to his personality.

Got that out of the way, so now the important question: Was The Prisoner worth it?

I would say yes! I will usually give an author three books before abandoning them as someone that I will read in the future. The Prisoner gave me hope for future B.A. Paris books!

I think we all have fears of being kidnapped. Or maybe just fears of the dark or waking up in a dark room. Is that just me? Cool. One thing that I appreciated about this book was the fact that Amelie was strong. A lot of times, women (as written in situations like this) will get whiney. Yes, there were times when that happened, but I also think that she was stronger more than she was whiney.

This book was also a bit less predictable. The ending caught me by surprise (no spoilers here), which I always enjoy. It may have felt a bit longer than it should have, and I would have liked the parts integrated a bit more, BUT it was overall a good book. I will definitely give B.A. Paris another shot with future books.

The Prisoner is available on November 1, 2022, but you can pre-order your copy now!

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