Review – Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough


  • 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.”


I would like to thank HarperCollins for this review copy in exchange for my honest review!


Review – Watching Edie | Camilla Way


  • Title: Watching Edie
  • Author: Camilla Way
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date: July 28th 2016
  • Pages: 288


Beautiful, creative, a little wild… Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then—but it didn’t take long for her to learn that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.

Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby and sinks into a bleak despair, she thinks that there’s no one to turn to…

But someone’s been watching Edie, waiting for the chance to prove once again what a perfect friend she can be. It’s no coincidence that Heather shows up on Edie’s doorstep, just when Edie needs her the most. So much has passed between them—so much envy, longing, and betrayal. And Edie’s about to learn a new lesson: those who have hurt us deeply—or who we have hurt—never let us go, not entirely…

Reading Thriller is very unusual of me, I must say. But after experiencing this psychological twist to it, I am already looking forward to my next read!

Watching Edie is a story of two young, teenage girls, Heather and Edie, who became the best of friends after Edie’s family moved to the neighbourhood. Edie comes from a broken family and is every bit of the “bad girl” she portrays herself to be and Heather on the other hand, comes from a good yet troubled family, constantly fussing over her grades yet holding onto a long past ordeal. Having a friend who was extremely carefree like Edie made Heather feel alive, and to an extent, delusional, as she tries to always keep Edie happy no matter the cost. As events unfold we could slowly see how emotions soon took the front seat in all their actions and decisions – causing them to grow closer or driving them apart.

“She marches me down the hallway, her fingers digging into my arm before opening the door and shoving me out into the street, slamming the door behind me.”

The introduction of new characters created more complexity to their relationship and soon, conversations became more intense and the story line brings you towards various tangents, gripping your attention throughout the book.

“All I wanted was to be close to Edie. To love her. Look after her. Then she ran from me. But now I’ve found her. And this time I won’t let her go.”

If you’re in search for a Thriller with a powerful message and descriptive writing, I would definitely recommend Watching Edie. The writing was very easy to follow and could keep you glued for hours.

I loved the concept of the book. The chapters alternate between two points of view; Heather’s in the past and Edie’s in the present. It was really interesting to dive into the thoughts and emotions of each of them from different time periods and as you progress, you will soon be drawn to their individual struggles as well as collective challenges.

A minor downside for me would be the lack of connection I had with the two main characters, Edie and Heather, but I did like that they were very multi-dimensional. I did however, love the supporting character, Monica, who played a big role in unraveling the mystery between the two friends. This brought an elegant close to the story, leaving you with many thoughts to feed your mind.

Dysfunctional, audacious and the cold, raw truth – prepare to learn a disturbing secret from their past which will change the way you look at the characters – forever.

And what if you don’t make her stop? The thought hisses through my garbled thoughts as I quicken my pace. What if she keeps on and on? What if she attacks you?


Thank you HarperCollins International for sending me a review copy in exchange for my honest review! Watching Edie is officially released today.