Behind Her Eyes (Sarah Pinborough)

32321233.jpgLouise 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.

Other reviews:
Keeper of Pages
My Reading CornerMy Chestnut Reading Tree

Similar recommendations:
Behind Closed Doors (BA Paris)
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
Between You And Me (Lisa Hall)

Harper Collins, 2016 – From Publishers

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43 thoughts on “Behind Her Eyes (Sarah Pinborough)

  1. Oh, I need to read this! I should stop reading your reviews, you make me add books to my wish list every single time, haha! I love it when small details are left throughout the story for you to see and put together, it makes you so involved in the story. I admit I hadn’t heard about this book so beside what your words have told me, I have no expectations, I might enjoy this a lot!

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    1. You’re lucky you hadn’t heard about this one! I kept seeing it everywhere and the hashtag was WTFThatEnding… it’s a miracle I could wait a month (I got it last month haha). But, I don’t know, even though I liked it, I think this is one of those cases where the hype was just too much. It was a weird book, you’ll see when you read it 😄

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    1. Right? Everyone was talking about it, I couldn’t wait. To be honest, I think I prefer not being hyped 😄 While it was super addictive, the more I think about the ending, the less convinced I am haha

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  2. Nice review! I know what you mean about the hype, it can cause unrealistically high expectations! I didn’t even know what he book was about before I picked it up either, I was hooked on the hashtag, I didn’t even think to read the synopsis 🙈 it’s hard to talk in detail about this book as there’s so much I wanna say, once everyone’s read it we’ll discuss! And thanks for linking to my review!x

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    1. 🙂 You’re welcome! I think that if you’ve read the book, you already know what I mean by looking at my review. I understand that you liked it even more! I get the hype, but the more I think about the ending, the less convinced I am 😄

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  3. I’m so glad that you wrote your review before I wrote mine! I felt the exact same way! You did great describing the problems you had without spoiling as well. I was wondering if I was the only one who had issues with it not following the “rules” of the genre; it almost felt like they marketed it differently than should have been due to trying to hype it up. I think had this been marketed not as a traditional psychological thriller, it might have been a 5 star read for me. While I was completely captivated and involved, the ending wasn’t a shock as I was expecting. I was a bit surprised though.

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    1. I thought I was the only one too but then I started reading all the Goodreads reviews haha I agree completely with you. If I had known the other “elements”, I wouldn’t have rolled my eyes when weird things started happening lol I even told my boyfriend: Wtf is this even about with all the dream stuff? Is it a domestic noir at all? I don’t know, I still think the writing was addictive and my overall impression is great, but days have passed and I’m not that “happy” about it. Without spoiling what I said about the film, that one was clearly about magic and fantasy so I thought it was fitting. Here? Not so much.

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      1. I couldn’t agree more. I kept poking my husband saying “WTF THIS IS NOT ALLOWED IN A PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER”!!! 😂 I should have known going in based on her other books that it would include these elements, as all her books do, but I figured this was a departure from her norm, esp due to the various publishers who picked it up. But while it sounds like I’m just focusing on the negative, it was extremely complex and well written; I couldn’t put it down!

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  4. I’m curious about this book for sure but I was wondering if it was going to end up living up to all the hype. I tend to get suspicious about books that are so hyped before publication as I’ve been disappointed too many times when I actually read them. Sounds like this is still a good read just maybe mismarketed

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    1. You should be suspicious. The more I think about the ending, the less satisfied I am. This would be like a 3.5. I loved reading it, but the twist wasn’t what I wanted to read 😄 I can’t say anything more without spoiling the book.

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  5. I have a MAJOR case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) here! where was I when the hype train passed by with this book?!? lol it sounds right up my alley & that marriage smells fishy as all hell. Adding it to my TBR, great review Annie 🙂

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    1. Ok, you’ve taught me a new concept and NOW I UNDERSTAND HOW I ALWAYS FEEL. OMG. I’m FOMO. With everything. I’m serious, I’m now thinking about this 😄

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  6. Yeeees, I love the sound of this book, especially because you recommended Gone Girl as a similar title! The summary sounds super intriguing, and I’m glad to see that you enjoyed it. I’ll have to check it out myself. 😉

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  7. What a tantalizing intro! haha A woman who becomes friends with the woman whose husband she’s in an affair with! :O Now I’m curious what movie this book reminds you of and if I’ve seen it and consequently if I’d be able to guess what the twist is. lol

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