Book Review: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Here’s a fast, twisty domestic thriller about David and Adele Martin, a dysfunctional young married couple with a secret. They’ve moved to London for a fresh start where David will begin a new partnership in a psychiatry practice. But this new beginning takes an immediate left turn when David meets Louise Barnsley in a bar. She’s a single mom and things get hot, but before they go too far, David stops her. “I can’t,” he says, “I’m married.” Phew for David, crisis averted, but the next day, Louise discovers that David is her new boss.

At home, tension is thick between David and Adele. They have unlimited money from Adele’s inheritance. But David drinks too much and Adele suffers from a painful past. David seems to want to protect his wife but he’s borderline controlling and Adele seems to love him, but she’s a little too obsessive. Who’s the manipulator?

Things get weird when Adele and Louise become friends and David and Louise begin an affair. Louise is stuck in the middle and she keeps her relationships secret from each. With Adele, she finally has a good female friend who understands her. With David, she’s reignited a long-cold love life. As the back story emerges, told in a then, later and now format, from both women’s point of view and from an additional third-person POV, readers begin to assemble the pieces to what seems like one thing but becomes something entirely different.

Without giving too much away, the past involves a fire at Adele’s family mansion when Adele was seventeen. David, in his twenties and already her boyfriend, was able to rescue Adele, but her parents died. In the aftermath, she suffered psychological trauma and spent time in a psychological hospital where she met another teenager, Rob a heroin addict.

As with all thrillers, characters make reckless decisions and the reader watches, wondering how it will all end. I felt fully engaged in the story, unsure of just what would happen to David, Louise, Adele and Rob. I did not expect the finish, which, if you’ve read it, you can tell me whether you found it exciting or just plain crazy. I guess I’d call it original and satisfying in the sense that all the details were explained. Whether it was realistic, this book requires a lot of suspension of disbelief.

I enjoyed reading Behind Her Eyes. I think of thrillers as entertainment reading. They are often forgettable but a fun way to relax.

Have you read Behind Her Eyes? What did you think? Leave a comment!

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15 thoughts on “Book Review: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

  1. I was just about to say the book is definitely Hollywood material – but then I noticed the comment about Netflix. Based on stuff I’ve watched on Netflix, this is crazy enough for it!

    1. Yes, it’s on Netflix but I haven’t watched it yet. The nurse who gave me my booster shot today said it was great (we got to talking books and shows!). Thanks for the visit, Noelle!

    1. Hi Rosaliene – it’s definitely a genre of its own and I get lured into thrillers with everyone else. I do like to be entertained when I read – it can’t all be heavy reading. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. One of my reading challenges (not only with thrillers) is when characters make reckless decisions and stretch my suspension of disbelief to the breaking point. It’s hard for me to engage. This does sound like it tied up in the end here though. Thanks for the honest review, Barb. Happy Reading!

    1. Hi Diana – I’d say it was a pretty wild ending! I’m moody when it comes to whether I want to suspend my disbelief. Thrillers should have waivers at the beginning where we sign off on that 😉 Thank you for reading and commenting. Hope you are staying warm!

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