- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - GB (23 January 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000813197X
- ISBN-13: 978-0008131975
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the Sunday Times Bestseller, Behind Her Eyes:
'Bloody Brilliant' Stephen King
‘Piledriver domestic thriller with pull-the-rug-out ending’ IAN RANKIN (on Twitter)
‘A dark, electrifying page-turner with a corker of an ending’ HARLAN COBEN
‘This year’s must-read thriller’ EVENING STANDARD
‘The most unsettling thriller of the year… Read it now before someone spoils the ending for you’ JOHN CONNOLLY
‘Everyone will be talking about this book’ STYLIST
‘Masterful writing that crackles with tension, before detonating that ending’ ANGELA CLARKE
‘One of the best endings to a book’ PRIMA
‘Just when you think you’ve nailed it, Pinborough pulls the rug out from underneath you’ SAM BAKER
‘The ending's a shocker that makes you want to read the novel all over again’ WOMAN AND HOME
‘Set to be one of the most talked-about books of 2017’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
‘Not your standard unexpected outcome’ SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE
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Louise, a single mother finally lets go & one evening goes out and enjoys a kiss with a stranger. However, come Monday she discovers that the stranger at the bar is actually her new boss - the new psychiatrist at the clinic where she works -David. ‘Thirty-four-year-old woman walks into a bar and is sweet-talked by the man of her dreams who turns out to be her new boss. Oh God, I want to die from the awfulness of it all. What a mess.’
David and Louise decide that while awkward they can overlook the kiss and continue on with work.
Louise accidentally and literally runs into David's wife, Adele. She starts a friendship with Adele and quickly becomes enamored with her however it is clear that Louise is also infatuated with David. In fact, she’s so enticed by the two of them she ignores signs of strangeness between the couple. ‘This beautiful, elegant young woman, rushing home in a panic to take a call from her husband? ‘You have to be at home when he calls you? How often is that?’ ‘It’s not how it sounds,’ she says, her eyes pleading with me. ‘Just a couple of times a day. And I have the mobile, so now I don’t have to be at home.’ Is it panic she’s feeling or fear? It’s like a slap in the face. What do I really know about David anyway? One drunken evening, and from that I built a whole character for him. A fantasy.’
Slowly, Louise picks up some signs that David and Adele's marriage isn't typical... ‘After a moment of staring at the space where he no longer is, listening to my patchwork heart breaking, I go back to the kitchen and turn the oven off. I won’t keep it for tomorrow. It would taste sour on the memory of today. Dinner’s ruined. We’re ruined. I sometimes wonder if he wants to kill me and be done with it all. Get rid of the albatross around his neck. Perhaps some part of me wants to kill him too.’
This prompts Louise to dig into their past even after David threatens her to leave them alone and to stay away. Louise has no idea what or who she is up against...
This book is a roller coaster and has all the twists and turns you hope you get from books in this genre. It kept me turning pages late into the night. This story wasn't just a single love triangle because there were some fascinating layers. The end surprised me which I liked... Looking back I realise that the author didn’t hide the clues through-out - it’s totally out there - so stay alert!
Though the main cast of the book is quite small, Louise, Adele and David-the trio at the centre of everything-are explored in thorough detail. What we have is three very different characters that are fully fleshed-out. There are times when you will feel a connection with these characters and at other times you will be totally distanced, you will be constantly second guessing. It is great writing. Behind Her Eyes starts off with its feet firmly in thriller territory, but as the plot thickens you begin to realise that all is not well and somebody is playing a dangerous game. Pinborough cleverly weaves together a twisted narrative and the payoff at the end is nothing short of dynamite!
The short chapters told from different viewpoints work well and I never for one moment felt as if the novel’s pace lagged. In fact, the pacing is excellent throughout and though often I felt I had the novel all figured out, I still never really knew who exactly was telling the truth. The curve-ball ending is a doozy and I did not see coming at all. Often books feature a “twist at the end”, and sometimes it can leave the reader rolling their eyes. With Behind Her Eyes the final few chapters are really quite superb.
This really is a top, top novel. It is one filled with suspense, great characters, a wicked ending and it will keep you on your toes for the entire ride. Believe the hype. Highly recommended reading.
5/5 twists of lemon (or is it lime?) from the Grim Reader.
I know a lot of people objected to the supernatural aspects, but they were introduced so slowly that I was happy to accept them. Characters were well drawn, except perhaps for husband David, who was given less 'screen time'. Overall a good read.