Book Review: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

When I was given this book to borrow by a friend she told me it was amazing – which always makes me feel a bit pressured reading a book.  And after reading the blurb – see below – I knew there was going to be a huge twist – so I had my wits about me from the start!

“Don’t Trust This Book
Don’t Trust These People
Don’t Trust Yourself
And whatever you do, DON’T give away that ending…

Behind Her Eyes has been called the new Girl on the Train and Gone Girl . This is one psychological thriller you will not want to miss.

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…
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…
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?”



From the start I really enjoyed it (although was bit confused by the first 2 super short chapters entitled ‘then’ and ‘later’).  After that it settled in to a routine of the chapters being told from the view point of either Adele or Louise – and their complicated love triangle with David – Adele’s husband and Louise’s ‘Man In the Bar’ / boss.

It twists and turns and is very clever – a true psychological thriller.  There were times when you just wanted to shout at Louise to come clean or talk to someone – but still it kept you reading.

I can’t really give any more of the plot away – you need to see it unfurl yourself.

On the back of the book Sam Baker (co-founder of The Pool, and someone whose book choices I tend to agree with) is quoted as saying ‘Just when you think you’ve nailed it, Pinborough pulls the rug out from underneath you…. A tenner says you’ll NEVER guess this ending.’ and I would totally concur with her – and the hashtag also on the back #WTFthatending.

It’s so very clever – and I will definitely be searching out further books by Sarah Pinborough.

Another one ticked off the 2017 Reading Challenge in a number of possible categories!





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