Book Review: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Don’t trust this book. Don’t trust this story. Don’t trust yourself.

David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He's a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden?

As Louise, David's new secretary, is drawn into their world, 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 someone might go to protect their marriage's secrets. (From Goodreads.com) 

Published 26th January 2017 by Hapercollins 

If you have any interest in books whatsoever, it would have been pretty difficult to miss Behind Her Eyes recently. It's hit No.1 in several best seller lists since its release. The buzz on social media, including it's very own hashtag #WTFThatEnding has been overwhelming and with recommendations from some of the biggest names in crime and thriller fiction shouting about its brilliance, Behind Her Eyes is a book that's been on everyone's radar. I couldn't wait to read it. 

Behind Her Eyes tells the tangled story of three people, from the view point of two of them - Louise and Adele. Louise is a single mother, who on a rare night out meets and connects with David - a good looking and successful doctor. When David turns out to be not only her new boss, but also married, Louise is disappointed. But when a chance encounter with Adele, David's wife, leads to friendship, Louise finds herself ever drawn into this strange and captivating couple's world. But all is not as it seems, it soon becomes clear that there's a huge, toxic secret shadowing this seemingly perfect marriage. As Louise becomes closer to both Adele and David, she finds it more and more difficult to know just who to believe.   

Sarah Pinborough knows just how to keep her readers hooked. Behind Her Eyes is compulsive reading, with switching narratives and tendrils of suspense and suggestion careful dropped into each chapter, meaning that "just one more" quickly becomes a massive chunk of book. Her characters are crafted so well that, just like Louise, as a reader it's difficult to know who to trust. There's just the right amount of chilling, especially from Adele, to send shivers down your spine and keep you holding your breath, desperate to know what's going to happen next. 

The ending of this book has created a massive stir, and you really do need to go into it not knowing what it could be to get the full impact. Because of all the hype surrounding it, I was second guessing it all the way through. I'm going to be honest and say I half guessed, which for me probably did soften the impact. I'd read a book over twenty-five years ago by a popular teen author of the time with a similar theme, and could see exactly where things were going. Yet, even when I smugly thought I'd worked this book out, the author still managed to throw a curveball that made me go "OH" - it turned out to not be exactly what I thought it was after all. 

Behind Her Eyes is very different to most psychological thrillers around at the moment, in that it throws in a slightly paranormal element. Now I'm all for suspending belief and love twists like this, so in my opinion this was only a good thing. But if you are someone who struggles with anything other than reality, then this book isn't for you. Personally, although I wasn't quite as shocked and surprised by the ending as some other reviewers, I thought Behind Her Eyes was a very good book and I enjoyed it immensely. I'll be looking out for more of this authors work in the future. 


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