Thanks Flatiron Books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: January 31st, 2017
Synopsis: 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 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 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.
After finishing Behind Her Eyes, there were two words that immediately sprang to mind: “Holy Guacamole!” I started this at about 7:00 pm last Monday, finished it around midnight, and then was left wide awake for the next couple of hours because of that flippin’ ending!
I think this is the first book that I’ve read where I didn’t particularly care for any of the characters, but couldn’t stop reading it anyway. To call it suspenseful doesn’t quite do it justice. With this story, Pinborough takes the stereotypical love triangle(s) and completely turns it on its head. The multiple storylines are told from different perspectives as well as jumping between the past and present, and it’s cleverly and masterfully done. The tension keeps building throughout the entire book which is why I simply couldn’t put it down. And finally, just when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore, the author brings all the pieces of this maddening puzzle together at the ending, which I hated yet at the same time thought it was absolutely brilliant! I was already a fan of the author’s after reading The Language of Dying and The Death House but now after Behind Her Eyes, which more than lives up to the hype, I think I can say I will read anything that Sarah Pinborough writes in the future. I highly recommend this to fans of suspense and psychological thrillers.