Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Published January 31st 2017
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.
I did find Behind Her Eyes to be fairly addicting, which I wasn’t expecting. I read it in just a couple of days and I even caught myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it.
I wasn’t very invested in it though. The characters are good but I wasn’t emotionally invested in them.
I feel like it could have been written a little bit better in some ways. I didn’t really feel the suspense for most of the book. The reader finds out a lot more about David and Adele than Louise and I felt like I was always waiting for Louise to catch up. Speaking of Louise, I found her really annoying and her behavior was odd and she made some really stupid decisions. She was more of a plot device than a useful character.
Overall, this was a decent read. I liked how addicting it was in the moment and I did like it for the most part. The ending was pretty wild but I could easily pick it apart if I spent more thinking about it. If you’re not a critical reader, I think this book will be a lot better to you. If you are a critical, like me, I’m not sure this book will live up to the hype.
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