Monday 5 December 2016

Behind Her Eyes - Sarah Pinborough

Don’t Trust This Book
Don’t Trust These People
Don’t Trust Yourself
And whatever you do, DON’T give away that ending…
‘Sarah Pinborough is about to become your new obsession’ Harlan Coben
Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…
Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…
Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise's new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.
But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?

What did I think?

Wow, what a book!  I completely agree with the fabulous Harlan Coben, as I'd no sooner put the book down than I had ordered another 1 or 4* Sarah Pinborough books.  

*1 if my Dad asks how many books I have bought, 4 if my fellow book addicts ask how many I really bought. 

I started and finished Behind Her Eyes in the same day and wouldn't have put it down if I didn't have to eat and, more importantly, drink.  I may have lost a whole Sunday but I gained a new author to add to my growing 'favourites' list, so it was a good result all round for me.

There is little you can say about this book without giving anything away, but it does completely have your head in knots as you try to work out what games, if any, each character is playing.  It really is a book where almost anything could happen and it's like a slowly boiling pot of malice which threatens to bubble over at any time.

It felt like fate when Louise met David in a bar but fate played a nasty trick when David turned out to be her new married boss - awkward!  Louise and David agree to forget that they ever felt a connection that night, so when Louise literally bumps into David's wife, Adele, the pair hit it off and become friends.  David can't forget about the feelings he has for Louise and it isn't long before they end up having an affair.  Louise finds herself caught between her lover and her friend, so when questions begin to get asked she has to choose which one to believe.  Choose wisely, Louise - not everything is as it appears.

I love anything outside of the norm and Behind Her Eyes certainly fits that bill.  As I got part way through the book, I did guess some of what was going on but I didn't guess the big #WTFthatending so well played, Sarah Pinborough.  Behind Her Eyes is a book to take you away from reality and into the realm of possibility; a splendid piece of imaginative fiction!

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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