Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (HarperCollins) ISBN: 9780008131975
Behind Her Eyes is about relationships. It’s a thriller, psychological and gripping.
Meet Louise, a single mom to Adam. She has a fun night out, lets her hair down, and hooks up with David. David turns out to be her new boss. And married to Adele. Louise meets Adele, and unexpectedly, becomes her friend. We see the story from Adele and Louise’s points of view, in the first person, with some flipping back – to “THEN” from “NOW”. I enjoyed the writing. It wasn’t too much, and it didn’t tell all. Lots of dialogue with Sophie, Louise’s friend, gives a lovely unsettling feeling as you realise how strange David and Adele’s relationship is.
Yet, the plot reveals the twist that no one saw coming, the denouement, the final whistle, was something so…out of character, out of the ordinary, that it made the whole book lose a little shine for me. Maybe it’s because we’ve seen it all before, and Sarah Pinborough had to really push the boundaries, the result of which I don’t think will be to every reader’s taste.
If you manage to get to read this without someone spoiling it for you (warning – it’s easy to do inadvertently), hold the ending very lightly. Then, when it comes, you can go and find everyone who nearly spoiled it for you, and tell them what you really think.
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