Behind Her Eyes

Behind Her Eyes

Why is everyone talking about the ending of Sarah Pinborough's Behind Her Eyes?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...

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Title:Behind Her Eyes
Author:Sarah Pinborough
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ISBN:125011117X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

Behind Her Eyes Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Nov 26, 2016

    This might be one of the most difficult reviews I’ve had to write in the entire time I’ve been writing reviews. How does one convey their thoughts on just how addicting, intriguing, and consuming of a book this was, without exposing all the delicious spoilers that make it such a fun read?

    was the 200th book I’ve read this year, thus completing my Goodreads challenge early, so I guess you could say I’ve read quite a bunch of books in 2016. Out of all those books, this one will sta

    This might be one of the most difficult reviews I’ve had to write in the entire time I’ve been writing reviews. How does one convey their thoughts on just how addicting, intriguing, and consuming of a book this was, without exposing all the delicious spoilers that make it such a fun read?

    was the 200th book I’ve read this year, thus completing my Goodreads challenge early, so I guess you could say I’ve read quite a bunch of books in 2016. Out of all those books, this one will stand out for many reasons, but one of the largest would be due to the fact it is quite unlike anything I’ve read thus far in the genre.

    I can’t rave enough about how compulsive a read this was. I found myself wandering in and out of rooms to avoid people so that I could sneak in “just a few more pages”. The slow building suspense was gripping and so incredibly well written.

    has become of my top 10 favorite authors this year and for good reason. Earlier this year I read

    and was blown away by her creation of something so beautiful yet disturbing; it absolutely wrecked me. Her talent can’t be confined to one genre; it’s too complex and excellent for that tiny box. She has taken the typical love triangle and made it anything but; there are multiple POVs and storylines intricately woven together to seem unrelated but, come on, we know better. She delicately brings each piece together until the precise moment she wants to drop the

    moment. IMO there were really multiple twists that connect into one; the how/why/who was just as important separately as they were in one entity.

    I read quite a few early reviews on this book, and while some chose to include elements that I view as spoiler material, I almost wish I had seen them prior to reading this book. I believe my expectations would have been altered and I could have accepted this for what it was; an excellent book with a clever, mind-blowing twist that shouldn’t be confined by genre. The best way I know how to explain what I mean is that it doesn’t play by the usual rules of a psychological thriller. If you’ve seen anything yet about this book, you are clearly aware that there is a shocking ending with a whopper of a twist. The catch 22 is that, if this particular element I’m referring to was hinted at via genre description, the surprise aspect of the book is spoiled. The entire ending and twist are dependent on this aspect being kept secret, so you can see the dilemma I’m facing. I take full responsibility for this as it’s a personal problem based on my expectations of something filed in the “psychological thriller” genre.

    I can’t really say anything else without taking the fun out of reading this one; suffice it to say this is a

    . I think the most wonderful aspect of this book is that you don’t have to love how the plot works out to love reading the book. Whether you are drawn toward the ending or throw your book across the room, this is a story you must read if you call yourself a fan of any type of thriller. You might even need to read the beginning pages again for full clarity and comparison at just how beautifully

    has slapped you across the face. This book buried into my brain so deeply that it was in all my waking thoughts and dreams for days; I couldn’t shake it. I’m just going to go ahead and let her take all my money; I’ll read anything she writes compulsively and will be sitting on pins and needles waiting for her next book.

    ;)

  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 27, 2017

    Oh dear, well........ let me just say this is very inventive, very imaginative, but just couldn't go there. A little too much for me, too twisty, too much back and forth. Who is telling the truth? Nothing ever certain, even if you think you know. Dislikable characters to boot, well except for little Adam, who is actually a minor character. Loved her last book, but this one, can't say I enjoyed. Though I know many loved it and many more will.

    ARC from Netgalley.

  • Linda O'Donnell
    Feb 10, 2017

    "Love dies hard, you know?"

    And that eye, fully dilated and widely on alert, says it all.

    Now, let me just say that this one is not gonna be on everyone's radar. Having read Mayhem and The Language of Dying, Behind Her Eyes ventures into a deep psychological pond. The fish swimming there seem to glide against the tide of reality. You really wouldn't want to go wading into that pool of murky water on your own.

    Louise, a single mom and a part-time employed secretary, dips her toes into that pond one

    "Love dies hard, you know?"

    And that eye, fully dilated and widely on alert, says it all.

    Now, let me just say that this one is not gonna be on everyone's radar. Having read Mayhem and The Language of Dying, Behind Her Eyes ventures into a deep psychological pond. The fish swimming there seem to glide against the tide of reality. You really wouldn't want to go wading into that pool of murky water on your own.

    Louise, a single mom and a part-time employed secretary, dips her toes into that pond one night. She shares a passionate kiss with a man at a crowded bar. That kiss still lingers as she comes to find out the next day that he is her new boss, David, the latest psychiatrist in her office. That kiss should also have come with a High Voltage warning. David and Louise can't get enough of one another and so it begins......

    And in walks Adele, David's beautiful wife. Strangely, Louise and Adele become friends and even share outings to a gym together. Let the games begin. David knows nothing of this bonding by the women. And Adele seems to know nothing about these two enamored fish. Oh, and Louise? She's certainly not saying much these days.

    This is a real cat and mouse tale told through chapters entitled "Then" and the shift back into the present. None of these characters are likeable for a multitude of reasons that will be revealed. But you find yourself unable to look away. Which one is more unstable than the other?

    Sarah Pinborough presents a story that is driven on a curvy road by these characters. I kept looking in the rearview mirror to see if I should have gotten off at the last exit. The last chapters will either hang your mouth open in shock or will tap on the brillance beacon.

    Sideline anything you've read before. This one dabbles in strange, very strange waters. So consider all things before taking this one on. The water's fine for some, but not for all.

  • Meredith
    Dec 04, 2016

    2.5 stars

    is very readable; I couldn’t put it down and I was constantly trying to figure out what was going to happen. However, once all was finally revealed, I came to the conclusion that I did not like this book.

    It’s nearly impossible to write a summary of the events of this book without giving too much away, so I am just going to keep it as this: A man, his wife, and his secretary get caught up in a tangled web.

    I know that I am in the minority with my feelings about this one.

    2.5 stars

    is very readable; I couldn’t put it down and I was constantly trying to figure out what was going to happen. However, once all was finally revealed, I came to the conclusion that I did not like this book.

    It’s nearly impossible to write a summary of the events of this book without giving too much away, so I am just going to keep it as this: A man, his wife, and his secretary get caught up in a tangled web.

    I know that I am in the minority with my feelings about this one. I found it gimmicky and the twists ruined it for me. It's just not my cup of tea.

  • Emily May
    Feb 01, 2017

    A lot of readers are going to feel let down by this book. I'll try to explain without giving away any spoilers, but I will be talking about things revealed in the first few chapters.

    Firstly,

    . It's about a beautiful, upper middle class couple - David and Adele - who on the outside appear to have the perfect marriage. Louise works for David, though her attraction to him, and her secret friendship with his wife, brings her closer and closer to the skeletons in th

    A lot of readers are going to feel let down by this book. I'll try to explain without giving away any spoilers, but I will be talking about things revealed in the first few chapters.

    Firstly,

    . It's about a beautiful, upper middle class couple - David and Adele - who on the outside appear to have the perfect marriage. Louise works for David, though her attraction to him, and her secret friendship with his wife, brings her closer and closer to the skeletons in their closet. The blurb itself screams "THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY APPEAR" and Louise is eventually going to find out just how crazy things really are. But we find out way before she does.

    A couple of chapters in, the author reveals that Adele is not all she first seems and is an expert at sneaky manipulation. The possibility that David is controlling and Adele may be the victim of domestic violence is shot down almost instantly and Pinborough (sort of) shows her hand. For the most part, there's

    . Through Adele and Louise's alternating points of view, we know that Adele is mentally ill and Louise is incredibly naive.

    Comparisons to

    are pretty much guaranteed, though undeserved. What would

    have been if Amy Dunne had given up all her secrets in the first couple of chapters? Far less impressive, I would guess.

    Louise behaves very foolishly throughout, to the point where she was kind of irritating. The plot pretty much relies on her idiocy. How can she be so stupid? Not only does she make a number of ridiculous choices that put her and her son in danger for silly reasons, but she also jumps to a huge conclusion in the later chapters of the book.

    But most of all, I feel like many readers will feel let down by the twist at the end. I will be careful not to spoil anything, but let's just say that it is ludicrous. It's virtually impossible to guess because it's so outrageous and completely changes what you thought you were reading about. The marketing campaign for

    used the hashtag #WTFThatEnding to promote the book, and WTF, indeed. Though I prefer my WTFs to be a little more convincing.

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  • Maureen
    Nov 25, 2016

    Who's a clever girl then? No not me! The author Sarah Pinborough. When I say she's pulled a blinder with the conclusion of this book I'm not exaggerating.

    Louise is a single mum on a rare night out when she meets a man in a bar. They share a drunken kiss and then he leaves, but Louise can't stop thinking about him, she felt a connection during their very short flirtation. When she arrives at the office after the weekend she's introduced to her new boss, and yes it's 'the man in the bar' David. It

    Who's a clever girl then? No not me! The author Sarah Pinborough. When I say she's pulled a blinder with the conclusion of this book I'm not exaggerating.

    Louise is a single mum on a rare night out when she meets a man in a bar. They share a drunken kiss and then he leaves, but Louise can't stop thinking about him, she felt a connection during their very short flirtation. When she arrives at the office after the weekend she's introduced to her new boss, and yes it's 'the man in the bar' David. It would be crazy to get involved with your boss especially as he's married right? Well Louise does become involved but oh boy she sure is going to regret it!

    When Louise accidentally bumps into Adele (David's wife) she finds herself pulled into a friendship with her that is bound to end in disaster, considering she's seeing David behind Adele's back.

    There was everything you could want in 'Behind Her Eyes'. It had an air of menace throughout in this twisted tale of love and obsession, and the plot was SO different, with even a touch of the supernatural. Just try to keep an open mind.

    I've read more than my fair share of psychological thrillers but I have NEVER come across such a complex and clever ending. I kept trying to pre-guess where this story was going but I had no chance - what a twist, I could never have created such a corker of a finish. Wow!

    *Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins UK for my ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*

  • Dem
    Feb 17, 2017

    I have a hard time suspending disbelief at the best of times in books and therefore stay away from novels where fantasy or magic realism play a role but I do like a good well written Psychological thriller and have read a couple this year that I really enjoyed. While Behind Her Eyes is unique and well writte

    I have a hard time suspending disbelief at the best of times in books and therefore stay away from novels where fantasy or magic realism play a role but I do like a good well written Psychological thriller and have read a couple this year that I really enjoyed. While Behind Her Eyes is unique and well written and there is no doubt the author holds your attention throughout but I did find a find myself having to seriously suspend disbelief and there was a lot of eye rolling not to mention a couple of choice words mouthed close to the end of the book for reasons that are best left unsaid.

    I would probably have rated the book 4 stars for suspenseful and original plot, great character development but what a let down the belief element was. I know I am in the minority on this one and so many readers have loved it but this is just my reaction to the book.

    I listened to this one on audio and the narration was excellent.

    An enjoyable read just not one for my favourites list.

  • Paromjit
    Jan 04, 2017

    This is a character driven psychological thriller. It is well written enough to keep the reader engaged. The three main characters of Louise, David and Adele are unlikeable. Louise finds herself involved with David who turns out to be her new boss. She runs into his wife, Adele, and a cloying, claustrophobic, but close and secretive relationship develops between them. Since her divorce, Louise has had a stagnant and isolated personal life, and she needs the attention she has begun to receive. Da

    This is a character driven psychological thriller. It is well written enough to keep the reader engaged. The three main characters of Louise, David and Adele are unlikeable. Louise finds herself involved with David who turns out to be her new boss. She runs into his wife, Adele, and a cloying, claustrophobic, but close and secretive relationship develops between them. Since her divorce, Louise has had a stagnant and isolated personal life, and she needs the attention she has begun to receive. David is the first man she has a sexual affair with since her husband. Despite the guilt she feels, she gets drawn to and more closely entwined with Adele. A sinister and toxic image of Adele and David's marriage emerges.

    Louise has night terrors which Adele wants to help her with. She gives the mysterious notebook of the elusive Rob to guide her to counter those terrors. In a tale that takes in cats, fires and constant relocations of David and Adele, Louise may find that she has bitten off more than she can chew as she enters the uncharted waters of David and Adele's marriage. I am aware that many really love this novel, unfortunately I am not one of them. For me, the story developed does not segue well into the twists that unfold at the end. The dissonance I experienced between the rabbits pulled out of the hat at the close of the novel, felt like the author had arrived at calculated intellectual solutions which fail to match the revealed storyline. The character of David feels underdeveloped, and I did not have sufficient reasons to believe in his and Louise's relationship. However, I am sure the majority of readers will like this book. Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC.

  • Kristin (KC)
    Jan 31, 2017

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    ending. That "WTF-That-Ending" heard ‘round the world, or at least, the social media book-reading community.

    It feels like this author just said,

    , and then went for it.

    Seriously. She WENT for it.

    It’s been a while since I’ve been legitimately shocked as a reader, and I don’t care how much this ending can be reduced down to utter nonsense, I’m embracing the hell out of it and you can’t stop me.

    Becau

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    ending. That "WTF-That-Ending" heard ‘round the world, or at least, the social media book-reading community.

    It feels like this author just said,

    , and then went for it.

    Seriously. She WENT for it.

    It’s been a while since I’ve been legitimately shocked as a reader, and I don’t care how much this ending can be reduced down to utter nonsense, I’m embracing the hell out of it and you can’t stop me.

    Because the fact is, when I swiped those last few virtual pages, my tired eyes narrowed, my offended guts twisted, my face took on a just-sucked-lemon contortion, and my lips curled into a tight little opening that spewed a whispered

    declaration. And there is was.

    Sarah Pinborough’s writing is strong, and she paints a picture well without having to tell us the colors she’s using. There were no holes in this plot, no loose ends left untied. Everything made sense, even when it somehow didn’t. The perspectives shifted between characters, and the narratives sometimes switched from first and third person at random. It’s as though this story unveils itself from every angle possible, and yet still it goes and throws me off my feet.

    I know some readers couldn't get past some of the farfetched scenarios in this one, and I get it. I really do. I'm not one who readily ingests an over-the-top idea if there's not enough conviction behind it. In fact, I typically hate when I'm forced to suspend too much belief for an idea to "work". But this story was clever enough to become an exception.

    I can’t tell you details of the plot because I am your friend and I won’t ruin it for you. But I can tell you this: Soften your critical eye (if possible) when going into this one, so you can just enjoy the journey. Because it really is one hell of a ride...

  • Suzanne Leopold
    Feb 24, 2017

    Louise is a divorced mother working as an assistant in a psychiatrist’s office. On a night out, she meets a gentleman in a bar, they share drinks, a connection, and a kiss. The following Monday, Louise is nervous about meeting her new boss. She is introduced to David, and is horrified. Her new boss is the mysterious man from the bar!

    A few days later after dropping her son off at school, she makes a new friend named Adele. Louise senses Adele is lonely and seeking friendship having just recently

    Louise is a divorced mother working as an assistant in a psychiatrist’s office. On a night out, she meets a gentleman in a bar, they share drinks, a connection, and a kiss. The following Monday, Louise is nervous about meeting her new boss. She is introduced to David, and is horrified. Her new boss is the mysterious man from the bar!

    A few days later after dropping her son off at school, she makes a new friend named Adele. Louise senses Adele is lonely and seeking friendship having just recently moved to town. It take Louise a while to figure out why Adele seems so familiar. She makes the connection after seeing her in a photo on David’s desk.

    Louise and Adele become close friends having much in common. They each share information and deep secrets from their pasts. As the friendship develops, Louise becomes very concerned about Adele’s welfare.

    This psychological thriller is filled with twists, turns and building tension. I was quickly pulled into the story and could not put the book down. Sarah Pinborough has delivered a fun and suspenseful read!

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