book review

Behind Her Eyes By Sarah Pinborough Review

Plot outline: 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.

My Review: Behind her eyes took the thriller genre to a whole new level! It was pretty slow to begin with, when it was introducing the characters; Louise, David and Adele. Behind her eyes took the thriller genre to a whole new level! It was pretty slow to begin with, when it was introducing the characters; Louise, David and Adele.

David is Louise’s new boss, whom she had met out one night, and Adele is David’s wife. It is clear from the beginning that David had strong feelings for Louise, but had a strong, odd connection to his wife, but not in a loving way, more out of loyalty. Even though Louise really likes David, she begins a friendship with Adele. This really confused me at first, but made sense at the end of the book.

Throughout the book, Adele is seen to be manipulative, controlling with some mental health problems, with a hearty ambition to both please her husband and be close friends with Louise, to whom she tells her many secrets too, whilst knowing David is having an affair with her.

Her behaviour is also irrational as she changes from controlling to being out of control by committing some type of offence, but it seems that she carries out this behaviour to ensure David is tied to her.

Without spoiling the ending – I had to reread the last few chapters over as I was in such disbelief about how the story ended! All the bits that didn’t make sense, made sense!

Recommendation: It’s hard to write a review for a book where the spoilers are the best parts of the book, but I can say that Sarah Pinborough did an amazing job!! I would recommend this book!

My Rating: 4*

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