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. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you’ve read before. 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. In Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough has written a novel that takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave readers reeling.
This book is not released until January, but this time, the hype has won. Everyone was reading Behind Her Eyes and raving about it so I couldn’t wait, I was feeling the pressure. Didn’t you? 😀
As soon as I started to read it I realized I didn’t even know what this book was about! Everyone was talking about its WTF ending and I had been focused on that. But basically, Behind Her Eyes is about a woman called Louise who begins a relationship with a man who happens to be married. If that isn’t complicated enough, she meets the wife and they’re suddenly good friends. But what happens next isn’t what you might expect…
I must say I flew through this book, I just couldn’t stop reading. Sarah Pinborough should definitely keep writing thrillers like this one, as she does it flawlessly and there wasn’t a chapter where I wasn’t engrossed by what I was reading. Don’t you love that feeling?
When I said on Twitter that the ending didn’t shock me as everyone said, it wasn’t because the twist wasn’t surprising. I didn’t expect it at all! I mean, who would? But still, once I got to the twist, I was reminded of one of my favorite movies and then I had a pretty clear idea of what was about to be revealed next. Why? Because that’s what also happened in the movie. Hence my reaction.
What I liked the most
This was such a fast-paced read that I finished it all in one day. It’s also my favorite kind of book: those where the characters have mysterious plans that you can’t possibly understand and small details are revealed every once in a while. I was reading it like there was no tomorrow.
What I didn’t like that much
This is going to be hard to explain without spoilers. Basically, when you read a book that falls within a certain genre, you expect that it follows certain rules. And well, let’s say that this book ended up offering a conclusion that wasn’t what I was expecting. And while I did love it, it didn’t feel “smooth” and there was a bit of that popular term: “suspension of disbelief”.
Behind Her Eyes is a different kind of psychological thriller… one that won’t leave anyone indifferent.
Harper Collins, 2016 – From Publishers