Published by Harper Collins
Ebook & Hardback : 26 January 2017 | Paperback: 24 August 2017
David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He’s a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden?
As Louise, David’s new secretary, is drawn into their world, 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 someone might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.
When Louise meets a man in a bar she has no idea that he will be her new boss. She also has no conception as to the extent that she will be involved in his life and marriage.
When I first started reading Behind Her Eyes, I imagined it would be the standard psychological thriller with unlikeable characters and a toxic marriage. However this book is far from being ‘ordinary’ and it turned into something that I really wasn’t expecting. There were times when I did have to suspend disbelief and just roll with the the story, however the excellent characterisation, the cleverly structured plot moving between past and present whilst drip-feeding information, the deceit and manipulations; all this is done so well that I suspect that you will be as confused as me as to who, if anyone, is the victim.
Adele and David give every impression of having the perfect marriage – they are well off financially, she is beautiful, he has a successful career and life appears to be good. However, we are given hints and teases that something bad has happened in the past that continues to spread its malicious tentacles over the present time. Meanwhile Louise has a lonely and uneventful life, her cheating ex has moved on with his life whilst her’s has remained static. The one constant in her life is her young son but he is growing older and one day she will be left on her own. She is drawn to the couple like a moth to a light – exposing her insecurities and naivety.
Told from the dual perspectives of Adele and Louise, this is one heck of a twisted and intriguing story of love and obsession. For much of the time I honestly didn’t know who to believe and what to think. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but this book will really tie you in knots. And as for that ending – well there is a reason why it has the hashtag #WTFthatending. You wait and see!
My thanks to Lovereading for the paperback copy to review.
About the author:
Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed, award-winning, adult and YA author. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.
Her next novel, Behind Her Eyes, coming for HarperFiction in the UK and Flatiron in the US (January 2017) has sold in nearly 20 territories worldwide and is a dark thriller about relationships with a kicker of a twist.