Book Reviews

Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough (Book Review)

//I received an ARC of this book from HarperCollins India. That, in no way affects my opinion of the book.


Title : Behind Her Eyes

Author : Sarah Pinborough


Genre : Adult psychological thriller


Goodreads summary :

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.

Non-Spoilery Thoughts

This is a difficult book to review because the less I say about it, the more you’ll enjoy. So I’ll keep this very short and let you know only the extreme essentials. The story follows Louise, who makes out in a bar one night with a man and the next day, finds out that he (David) is her new boss, and basically, the story kicks off from there.

For the first few pages, I did have trouble getting into it and it took me a while to get completely engrossed into the story. The pacing of the book, once you get passed the initial few pages, is really really good and at times it was hard to put down the book. It’s a perfect-length book, it neither drags too much nor does it rush things or quicken things up.

The story itself is interesting, but I felt that the book gave away too much too soon. From the very beginning, the reader has a sense of who the villain/negative character is, and though the motives and truth of the negative character isn’t evident, I still would’ve liked it to be revealed somewhere in the middle of the book – that would’ve been a big shock. However, the last few pages redeems most of the shortcomings of the overall story. No wonder everyone is talking about #wtfThatEnding because it is not at all predictable. There is no way that you can predict that crazy ending, and it just really had me shook. It was so good and crazy.

I was not the hugest fan of any of the four main characters (Louise, David, Adele, Rob) but I don’t think these characters were even meant to be likeable. I think the correct word to use would be ‘uninteresting’. I wasn’t that interested in any of the four characters, except maybe Adele, but overall they were a tad bit bland and ‘meh’.

Overall, I did enjoy the book and mainly, wanted to race to the end and find out what would happen. I do recommend you to pick this up if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers and are in need of a quick read!

My Rating

3.75/5 stars


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