Wowser. Seriously, just wowser. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough was amazing!
You know I’m one of those readers who enjoys a good puzzle. I love to figure out the who-dunnit or what the secret is or whatever the secret thing behind the suspense is. Half the fun is solving the mystery, right? Not this time.
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I picked up the book Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough because all over GoodReads everyone was talking about the ending… I am always up for a challenge and haven’t read a psychological thriller in a while so I thought I’d give it a go. Boy, was I surprised!
“Why is everyone talking about the ending of Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes?
Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.
When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.
And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?
As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.”Behind Her Eyes is suspenseful, interesting, well-written, surprising, fun, and a little bit disturbing. Click To Tweet
I was completely sucked into this book from the very beginning. Louise was such a lonely, sad person and I liked her and was rooting for her right from the start. As the book progressed and I got to know David a bit better and Adele’s personality came to light I was intrigued by this unusual love triangle and pressed on.
The problem here is that whatever I tell you about the book reveals too much of the story. I’ve really never felt that way about a book before, but truly there is so little that I can share without ruining your experience.
I can tell you this. Louise is really just like many women in the world. Lonely, tired, and uninspired. She is just trying to get by, do the right thing and find love.
“The thing is, I’d liked him – really liked him. I couldn’t tell Sophie that. How I hadn’t talked to anyone like that in a long time. How happy I’d felt to be flirting with someone who was flirting back, and how I’d forgotten how great that excitement of something potentially new was. My life is, as a rule, a blur of endless routine.” – Louise
David is just a man, trying to do the best he can in his given situation. Just like many people, he can’t see the forest through the trees and he is just trying to maintain the somethingness of his life and marriage.
Adele, well… She is just privileged and used to having things her own way.
“People respond to beauty. It sounds vain, but it’s true… It’s only the luck of skin and bones but I’ve learned that it does have a magic. You don’t even have to say very much but simply listen and smile and people bend over backward for you. I have enjoyed being beautiful. To say anything else would be a lie. I work hard to keep myself beautiful for David. Everything I do is for him.” – Adele
Trust me, this is one of those books you will not be able to put down or stop listening to. You will be sucked in and curious all the way through to the last word!
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All that being said, the ending takes the book from psychological thriller into sci-fi / paranormal territory which is the only reason I’m giving it 4 Etymons instead of 5. The transition was abrupt and a little frustrating in that it is completely unexpected.
The seeds had been planted for the reader, but they are so subtle that one really doesn’t expect the author to go there.
Behind Her Eyes is suspenseful, interesting, well-written, surprising, fun, and a little bit disturbing.
4 Etymons for Sarah Pinborough’s
– Behind Her Eyes.