Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, 2017
Married couple David and Adele
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The Plot (from 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.
I rang in the new year with Behind Her Eyes, but it’s taken me a little time to write a review. I’m having trouble figuring out my thoughts on this one, but if I don’t do it now I never will.
As I’ve said before, I can’t stand it when the description/marketed genre doesn’t match the book. I’m a mood reader, so I pick books based on what genre I feel like. When the book doesn’t match the genre I feel like reading, I tend to abandon it.
This is a hard one to review without giving too much away, but let me say that I can definitely see why the reviews are so split. You’ll either love it or hate it. I would recommend this one to fans of The Sun Down Motel, and those that are able to suspend belief for the good of the story.
It’s a good book, and you certainly won’t see the twist coming. Once you read the ending, though, you’ll realize that the clues were there.
Read this if you liked:
- The Sun Down Motel
- Home Before Dark