Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Published by Flatiron Books on January 31, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
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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.
I had heard so much hype about Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, and it’s been on my TBR for a while. I also heard a lot of talk about the amazing ending, and I am a huge sucker for a story with a twist! I’d say that the book lives up to the hype—it’s fast paced and engrossing with characters who you’re never entirely sure if you should trust. And while I loved the ending, I can definitely see how it’s likely a divisive one for many.
Single mom and part-time administrative assistant Louise meets a man in a bar one night. The two hit it off and share a steamy kiss, but the brief tryst ends there. When Louise meets her new boss David the following work day, she is mortified to realize that he’s the man from the bar. Adding insult to injury, David is taking a tour of his new workplace with his gorgeous wife, Adele.
The situation becomes even more awkward when Louise and Adele run into each other in town and wind up becoming friends. As Louise and Adele form a friendship, the secrets of Adele and David’s marriage start to come to light. Louise becomes caught up not only with Adele as her friend, but also with David as his lover.
Louise finds her allegiance torn between Adele and David. Soon, she is no longer sure who to believe. As each of the relationships become more and more entangled with conflicting emotions and stories, Louise must ultimately decide where the truth is hidden—and who’s been lying to her.
As I mentioned, I think the ending is a divisive one. I enjoyed it because it came out of nowhere for me and I love books that surprise me like that. However, that’s the very thing that some readers might dislike quite a bit. I found the ending multi-layered and mind-blowing—bookception, if you will! That being said, it definitely requires a strong suspension of disbelief and that element won’t work for everyone.
I look forward to reading Sarah Pinborough’s next book and recommend Behind Her Eyes.
Rating: 4.5 stars