Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Published by Macmillan Audio on January 31, 2017
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: audiobook, 11:32:00
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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. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you’ve read before.
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.
Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave listeners reeling.
Behind Her Eyes has been on my radar since before it was published but as always, there are too many books and too little time. When Melanie over at Grab the Lapels recommended this audiobook to me, I requested it from my library, waiting with anticipation for it to arrive from interlibrary loan.
“The truth is different to different people.”
Listening to this audiobook was an incredibly entertaining and compulsive experience. The story follows multiple perspectives, and each had their own narrator whose voices conveyed their characters perfectly with voice acting that was spot on. On several occasions I parked my car but didn’t want to turn it off and get out to prolong the listening experience.
Told mostly through Louise and Adele’s points of view, the main characters are not particularly likable, but each had personality quirks and flaws that made them feel realistic. The plot of Behind Her Eyes was well thought out, unfolding at an even pace and steadily ratcheting up the tension until the final climax is reached near the end. I don’t want to go into spoiler territory, but I will mention that there are several plot points within this story that will require the reader to suspend disbelief and simply take things for what they are. They will be quite clear when you come across them, and if you can get past the first without questioning its believability or how realistic it is, the rest will probably sit fine.
I personally loved what Pinborough did with Behind Her Eyes. She took a prototypical thriller formula and added her own twist to it, turning it entirely on its head. And it worked for me. Definitely recommended, and if you do have interest in this book, I highly advise checking it out in audio format.