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Behind Her Eyes

Behind Her Eyes

Book Review - Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

After I read a book that I didn't enjoy, I usually want to follow it up with a book I know for sure I'll really get into. And for me, that usually means a mystery/thriller or a historical fiction novel (okay, I know those are two very different genres, but they're the ones that do it for me!) One of my book clubs chose Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough for their last meeting, but I didn't have time (see also: I forgot...) to read the book before their meeting. My friends were adamant on not giving anything away, so our book discussion that month was cryptic. That was a pretty good sign I was going to enjoy this book!

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough is about Louise, a secretary at a doctor's office who meets David at a bar only to discover that he is her new, married, boss. (It reminds me a bit of the beginning of Grey's Anatomy...remember how Meredith first meets Derek?) Things get even more complicated when Louise is befriended by David's wife, Adele. Any normal person would either end the affair or the friendship, but Louise tries to balance both...and you can imagine how well that ends. To complicate things even further (as if it wasn't all complicated enough...) Louise begins to realize that David and Adele's marriage is a bit dark and twisty (to borrow a phrase from Grey's Anatomy.) It seems David is a bit controlling of Adele....or is Adele crazy? This book definitely keeps you guessing until the very end.

It was also among the February Book of the Month Club selections. This is what Judge Cristina Arreola had to say about it:

Every time I read a thriller, I imagine myself in a race against the author. I ask myself, “Can I guess the big twist before the author reveals it?” –always confident that the answer is yes. Still, I stay up late into the night finishing these books. I read until daylight breaks. I read until I know for certain that my theory is correct…

I was dead wrong about the ending of Behind Her Eyes.
— Cristina Arreola

It does takes a turn toward the supernatural...but I am not a fan of fantasy books and this book didn't go so far into that genre to turned me off of it completely. So if you're like me, don't let that deter you. If you're looking for a book that will suck you in and keep you guessing...this is the book for you.

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