Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

  • Genre: suspense/ thriller
  • Average rating on GoodReads: 3.75 out of 5
  • My rating: 5 out of 5


By far, this is the best book I’ve read in the last 12 months— it really was that good!


The entire time I was reading Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, I couldn’t wait to finish it, but now I’m almost sad it’s over.


Plot Summary


The story starts out when Louise, a single, 30-something mom, finds out the man she recently met in a bar, David, is married to young, beautiful Adele.  Even worse, David is Louise’s new boss, but it gets better: Adele and Louise meet by chance and become close friends, despite Louise’s ongoing affair with Adele’s husband.


Throughout the course of the novel, each chapter is told from alternating perspectives of both Louise and Adele, with flashbacks into the past as well.


Now, I know what you’re thinking: this sounds like a soap opera, or some type of cheesy romance novel at best.  And maybe, on the surface, that’s true, but trust me when I say the love affairs in this book serve more as a backdrop to the story, as opposed to the main event.


I don’t want to give too much away, so all I’ll say is that there are some really good plot twists in this book, and I wouldn’t change a single thing about it.


My Thoughts And Rating


I’ve been noticing lately that every time I pick up a book that’s received a positive review from Stephen King, I end up really enjoying it.  It’s kind of funny, too, because I’ve tried to read Stephen King’s books, but I never really enjoyed them… so I guess he and I just have similar taste?


Anyway, I couldn’t put this book down the entire time I was reading it, and I thought the ending was beautifully done.  My opinion of a book weighs very heavily on its conclusion, and that’s usually where authors let me down— I wholeheartedly believe that a disappointing ending ruins the entire book, and I’ve seen it happen a lot in the novels I’ve read.


My other pet peeve, besides bad endings in general, is when an author concludes the story, but then writes another 20-30 pages of nothingness.  You can disagree with me, but once the main conflict in a book has been resolved, I’m pretty much ready for it to end so I can move on to something else.  And luckily for me, that’s how this book was written— there are twists and turns right up until the very last page, and you finish the book with goosebumps, not wanting to stop thinking about what you’ve just read.


My rating was a no-brainer for Behind Her Eyes: 5 out of 5 stars, and I can’t recommend it enough.  I’m looking forward to checking out more from Sarah Pinborough in the future!


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