Title- Behind Her Eyes
Author- Sarah Pinborough
Length- 384 pages
Synopsis (Goodreads)- Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.
When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.
And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?
As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, 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 a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.
Review- So this book has had a lot of hype, and it is one of the better thrillers I have read, but it’s not the best. To me it seemed like a mixture of Gone Girl and Slade House. Now by saying that I don’t mean there was some issue with the actual house in this, just that there is a bit of paranormal stuff going on. The paranormal is what makes it stand out from other thrillers. It’s not heavy paranormal, but it’s there.
The writing is fine, no complaints. It’s easy to follow and there is never any confusion about who is doing or saying something like there seems to be in lots of books these days. The chapters are pretty short which makes it easier to get through.
The book is well paced and pacing is consistent. I never got bored, I wasn’t really on the edge of my seat at any point though. Ten pages from the end I had no problem putting it down to go out.
Character development is very good, there is no one I wanted more or less of. It was obvious which character had the problems very early on though, it might have been nice for there to be a bit more mystery there.
The ending. Now this is what everyone talks, or rather doesn’t talk about when it comes to this book, so the whole way through I was waiting for this amazing ending. When most people talk about the ending of a book they could mean up to about the last fifty pages, so about twenty pages from the end I thought I had hit it, there was something big-ish but not amazing and I was a little disappointed given the hype. The real ending that everyone is talking about comes three pages from the end. It is good, and a massive surprise, but I wouldn’t go nuts for it.
Overall this is a good book and I would definitely recommend it, it just didn’t quite live up to the hype for me. Who else has read it?