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 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.
What I Liked:
Characters. Despite the fact that all the character made stupid choices, the characters were rich and interesting. My favorite point of view was Louise, she was a down to earth character who was also funny/realistic.
Writing. I was not expecting much when I started reading but I'm now interested in checking out Pinborough's other novels. The writing flowed well and keep me interested and the characters were three-dimensional.
Short Chapters. I love when novels have short chapters, it makes the pacing go quicker and I was able to fly through the novel.
What I Did Not Like:
Supernatural elements/the twist. I'm not going to spoil the big twist but I was not expecting the novel to dive into the paranormal. It actually gave me some nightmares because it delt with elements that freak me out. Just a warning to those who are expecting a straightforward realistic thriller.
The main reason I kept reading was because I really enjoyed Pinborough's writing style and I could not put the book down. However, I disliked the twist at the end and the addition of supernatural elements.
POVS. I dislike multiple POVS and I would have liked the novel more if the POV had only been from Louise or even Adele, I just disliked the constant switching of POVS.
I still recommend checking out this novel for the addictive writing, however, if you get freaked out easily like me it might be best to skip it.
3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.