- Title: Behind Her Eyes
- Author: Sarah Pinborough
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Release Date: January 26th 2017
- Pages: 384
Don’t trust this book. Don’t trust this story. Don’t trust yourself.
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.
Full disclosure – I read this book months ago so this review is indeed long overdue! A few weeks back, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine on thriller books when the topic on psychological thrillers came up. First thing that came to my mind was this story and I started raving to her on how she must read it soon, soon, SOON. This, coupled with the fact that I’ve been seeing more of this book in our local Malaysian bookstores (yay!), I knew I had to get this review out fast. Not an easy one to write as I don’t want to give any of the good bits away!
Secrets, secrets, secrets. People are filled to the brim with them if you look closely.
Two of my friends have now read it – both have given good reviews so trust me on this one, you’re in for a thrilling (yet mind-boggling!) ride.
The past is as ephemeral as the future—it’s all perspective and smoke and mirrors. You can’t pin it down, can you? Let’s say two people experience exactly the same thing—ask them to recount the event later and, although their versions might be similar, there will always be differences. The truth is different to different people.
Behind Her Eyes is essentially built around a twisted love triangle between David, Louise and Adele. David the successful psychiatrist but controlling husband, Louise his new secretary and Adele his too-good-to-be-true wife. It’s twisted because Louise is not just in between David and Adele, but she’s close to both of them too! When feelings are not addressed properly and honesty is taken for granted, that’s when things go downhill and you will see how they have to face far greater consequences along the way. How Sarah ties the characters together is extremely clever – she does keep you on your toes and makes you think and question.
“There’s no right and wrong with feelings. There is only what there is.”
Unfortunately whenever you think you have it all figured out, plot twists will be there to greet you at unexpected corners of its pages. The story will take you on a dark, consuming and gripping not-so walk in the park. Sarah’s incredible writing on its own, has the power to keep you glued for hours. She writes with a lot of thought and heart, crafting every page with elegance and ease.
Whatever you do, do not – I repeat, do not – give away THAT ending. We book reviewers have been reminded time and time again about this. The ending, the element of surprise, the #WTFthatending WILL make you close the book shut and stare at the wall for awhile, or longer, depending on your level of tolerance to crazy endings, and will make you question whatever you have read. You have been warned!
Overall, a well-written psychological thriller I would highly recommend. Its uniqueness and character should not be missed! Get your copy today and PLEASE. READ. IT.
“It’s strange how different we all appear to who we really are.”
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I would like to thank HarperCollins for this review copy in exchange for my honest review!