Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough #BookReview

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What’s it about?

Don’t Trust This Book

Don’t Trust These People

Don’t Trust Yourself

And whatever you do, DON’T give away that ending…

Louise

Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…

David

Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…

Adele

Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.

But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?

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Review

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I’m finally a member of the inner circle yay! I’ve deciphered what the fuss is all about and that’s making me smile so much!

This is such a hyped book, it’s treated with so much secrecy that I felt compelled to read it. I’ve had it on my wishlist for such a long time but I couldn’t get my hands on a copy so I’ve finally caved and bought it. I wanted to read it in English but they didn’t have it at the book store, so I purchased the Dutch version instead. It is number 1 in the Dutch charts here at the moment so when I saw the big stock I simply couldn’t resist and I’m very happy that I finally read it!

I don’t often agree but this time I wholeheartedly (hand on my heart) agree that I totally get the hype and it is well and truly deserved. The story and where it led took me quite by surprise. There’s really nothing ordinary about this novel even if you get that impression at first. Now I do have to say, I am a very (very) down-to-earth kind of person and yes I did have to suspend some beliefs here in order to get along with the story. For one thing, I don’t believe that you can steer your dreams or can even be aware that you’re dreaming while you’re doing it but the writing was so engrossing that I let it slip and just went with it. It makes it an all the more enjoyable read. If you would have told me some of it in advance I’d have said this novel wasn’t my genre and something I like to read but Sarah Pinborough is such a brilliant writer she effortlessly took me on a crazy, dark and engrossing ride all through this novel.

The story is told by two women, Louise and Adele. Louise is having an affair with her boss, and he happens to be married to Adele. When Louise and Adele meet they become best friends. I could feel there was something very wrong about Adele and David’s marriage even though I couldn’t put my finger on it. It’s clear that David isn’t happily married but he still doesn’t want to leave his wife. When Louise catches glimpses of him controlling his wife (calling her a few times a day on set times) she doesn’t know what to think anymore, this doesn’t seem like the guy she knows… The whole love triangle was just toxic and mesmerising to read about. It was all so mysterious I couldn’t help but race through this novel. Never did I expect this evolution of this novel though, it was quite simply impossible to anticipate. Sarah Pinborough wrote an insanely (I can’t stress the word enough) intricate plotline. The plottwists in the end left me speechless and I just have to say it #WTFthatending !

This was an exquisite tale about lies, deceit and obsession. It’s a psychological thriller at its core but also more than that. Highly recommended!

26 thoughts on “Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough #BookReview

  1. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up either had I been told more about it. But I’m glad I did. And I’m seriously impressed with the book community for not spoiling that ending, even after all this time. If this had been a tv show, it would have been plastered all over the internet in seconds!

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  2. Ugh, I’ve managed to not be dragged into the hype yet, but after your review, I feel compelled to give it a go and join the club. That ending twist promise sounds so bloody good…

    I have read a Pinborough novel in the past, and that one too had an element in it that bended the mind a bit, but again, like perhaps with this book, it was totally doable and didn’t take away from the story.

    Right… I’m going to have to see how my TBR will end up like over the next few weeks and where I can fit it in 🙂

    Great review, Inge! 🙂

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    • Hyped books are tricky, but I think this one has the advantage that nobody really knows what is causing the hype and there might be expectations but moderate ones perhaps :-). It’s such a well-kept secret, I’m still amazed I didn’t know anything in advance (yes I’m guilty or reading a few reviews to see if it was something for me but I was none the wiser).

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