Sunday, February 26, 2017

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her EyesBehind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: January 31, 2017

OMG! The ending of this book just blew me away! Wow! What a book. I need a minute...

I went into Behind Her Eyes without knowing much about it at all which, I think, is always the best approach especially with this genre of suspense. I've been seeing this book all over GRs and BookTube lately and I was immediately drawn to the fact that it had an unreliable narrator which has always appealed to me. I was not disappointed. This book was captivating from the very beginning and I remained completely enthralled until the very last page. The writing was excellent and the storyline was absolutely brilliant. It's one of those stories where you know something is off, something is not quite right but you can't quite put your finger on it. Then when you think you've figured it out - BAM! Plot twist! After you swallow that unexpected change of events and begin digesting what you assume is the conclusion-plot twist again!

I don't want to say much about the actual storyline because the less you know the better, in my opinion. But there are two narrators, Louise and Adele. In the beginning of the book we're introduced to Louise who meets a man named David at a bar and they hit it off, talk for hours, laugh together and share a passionate kiss until David relents admitting he is in fact married. When Louise shows up at work on Monday she is then horrified to learn that David is actually her knew boss...awkward! To make things even more complicated, through a series of events Louise ends up befriending Adele, David's beautiful and lonely wife who asks Louise not to tell David about their friendship. Louise is reluctant to give up either relationship as they are both very important and meaningful to her in very different ways but of equal measure. The plot thickens as bits of the past are revealed exposing a very unhappy marriage that hides dark and dangerous secrets and it doesn't take long before Louise realizes she is in way over her head and unsure of who she can trust.

I really want to give this book a 5 star rating because I really loved it but I'm inclined to go with 4.5, or even 4.75 stars, only because I did have a slight issue with how far fetched the storyline became. Although, I do understand where the author was going with it and her execution was brilliant and in doing so she provides an unexpected explanation of events that I never would have seen coming or been able to predict. Keeping that in mind I still would have liked for it to have been a little bit more realistic. But that is the only complaint I have of this book and it's a very minor one and certainly not a game changer by any means.

Behind Her Eyes has a very conclusive and satisfying ending but it also set the stage for the possibility of a sequel (fingers crossed) and I would love to see this saga continue so I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for that in the future. This is my first experience reading anything by Sarah Pinborough but definitely will NOT be my last, and this was a far cry from her debut in fact she has a fairly extensive collection of published work that I'm very much looking forward to diving into after how much I thoroughly enjoyed Behind Her Eyes. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced, suspenseful novel with an unreliable narrator and plenty of plot twists that will keep you guessing until the very end.

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