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Beginning on their wedding day Jack abused Grace. Not as much physical abuse as you’d expect, but most intense, catastrophic, emotional abuse. And he threatened injury to Millie as a way of keeping Grace on the basis of Eventually, it was Millie who aided Grace escape. She slipped Grace sleeping pills that she was hoarding to attempt to drug Jack.
Everybody understands a few like Jack and Grace. He’s looks and prosperity; she’s 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 handicapped younger sister.
Even though they are still newlyweds, they appear to get it all. You might not need to enjoy them, but you do. You are hopelessly charmed from the ease and comfort of their house, by the graciousness of those 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.
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Some might call this authentic love. Others may wonder why Grace never answers the telephone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, although she doesn’t work. How she could cook such elaborate foods but stay slim. Or she seems to take anything with her if she leaves the house, not even a pencil. Or why there are these high-security metal shutters on all of the downstairs windows. Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner celebration is over, and the front door has closed.
Grace Angel finds herself married to a handsome attorney, Jack. Initially, he charmed her with his great looks and dedication to defending battered women, but largely because of his devotion to her sister Millie, who has Down’s Syndrome. Soon after their wedding Grace finds that Jack is a psychopath.
As a child, Jack lived with a cruel father who retained his wife, Jack’s mother, locked in the basement. Together, father and child tortured her and if Jack was a teenager, he murdered her and blamed it on his dad.
As an adult, he’s searched for a girl he can lock away and torture in a similar manner; he’s decided that with Down’s Syndrome, Grace’s sister Millie is a perfect option. Because their parents have no interest in them, Grace and Millie are simple to drop in the world.
While keeping a persona as a brilliant and type attorney, Jack makes his marriage to Grace appear perfect by forcing her to seem doting and beautiful in people with his friends. In the home, he keeps Grace secured in a small room and only periodically feeds her. Early in the marriage, she tried to escape, but Jack left her life smaller and smaller. His goal is to keep Grace around till Millie ages from her school, in a brief number of months.
Grace feels just like their new neighbor, Esther, may see more in their marriage than many others do, but she cannot be sure and she can’t risk saying something to Esther and getting into trouble with Jack.
Eventually, Millie also admits that she knows Jack is bad. 1 afternoon she smuggles a handful of sleeping pills to Grace and encourages her to use them on Jack.
Even though the pills provide Grace some hope that she will be able to escape her husband, it is tough to plan to overpower him. Fortunately, he is involved in a high profile, time-consuming case that, as court draws closer, begins to wear his mind.
Grace utilizes it to her advantage, luring him into her room for a nightly conversation over a glass of whisky as they discuss the case. Grace feels like she’s time, but if Millie comes to their home for a birthday party, Jack is loath to let Millie leave and wants to have her move in earlier. As soon as the court case is over, he claims they will make it happen. Grace feels the pressure of a deadline.
The day the case is decided, Jack comes home telling Grace to get prepared to go to Thailand, and if they return they will get Millie. Grace manages to ditch the crushed sleeping pills in Jack’s whisky, and then she lures him to the basement. “Millie’s Room” is a dreadful, windowless room that locks from the outside and can be painted red.
Furthermore, the walls are covered with gruesome paintings of Jack’s former customers, battered and bruised. Although Jack intended the space for Millie, Grace lures him into the room and locks him . She takes the flight to Thailand alone, telling everyone they understand that Jack urged her to take his holiday so that he could spend a few days finishing up the court case he had just lost. Grace tells Esther that Jack plans to join her in a couple of days.
Obviously, Jack never shows up. In the meantime, Grace calls him often and leaves him messages, letting everyone in the hotel to see her hunting after him. Eventually, the London authorities get involved and locate Jack dead from dehydration in the basement. Grace rushes house. Esther picks her up at the airport and, over coffee, coaches her to what she must say to the police to get away with the murder.