Title: Behind Her Eyes
Author: Sarah Pinborough
Pub Date: January 2017
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Why is everyone talking about the ending of Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes?
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.
If you really, really want to read this book, and you don’t what to know too much about it – do not read the review. I’m trying to avoid spoilers, but also I might say too much for you to enjoy this book with a unbiased mind.
My first reaction when I finish this book, that I publish on Goodreads as I marked it as finished was:
I’m so angry with the MC. ugh! And the last paragraph mentioning possible future crime is so devastating!
I was really, really angry when I finished reading this book. Twitter campaign for this book had hashtag #WTFThatEnding. And that was my exact reaction – WTF?! Is this really happening?! I somehow could believe all that happened up to this point but this is just too fucking much!
Ok, let me calm down, and walk you though it, and what I liked and what I didn’t like. First of all, it’s a well written and engaging story. I was hooked, I was looking for the mystery, I wanted to find out what is going on, who is fooling me and Louise, one of the main characters. Is it Adele or David? Books is written from two POVs – one is Louise’s and second is Adele’s. Adele is David’s wife, and Louise is David’s secretary. And Adele and Louise become friends unknowingly to him. Because we get Adele’s perspective in the book, we too early find out that we just cannot trust her. She shows her cards to us way to early, showing her true manipulative face. But somehow the author pulls this off, and I was still interested to figure out what exactly is going on. There is the big secret in Adele and David’s marriage that is looming over them, and I was so curious to figure out what is going on. And at points I was as stupid as Louise was, and I believed in what Adele was saying.
Together with Louise we are entangled into mystery of Adele and David’s marriage. Who is the bad one in this marriage. Sometimes it seems like it’s her, sometimes it’s him. The Adele says too much, and it’s pretty obvious who the bad one is, but is the author fooling us? Can we believe in what we’re reading?
Then comes the some kind of sci-fi or paranormal aspect of the whole mystery. And I seriously don’t know what to think about it. It seemed fascinating at first, but also it was an easy answer to some of the questions. And this brings us the ending which is truly ridiculous. I was not at all satisfied with it, it was just so, so stupid. And that wasn’t even the end of the story. Because after what I thought was the ending, we get the flashback to a times before that set the whole story in a whole new light. And that was just too much. Ugh! So annoying! What was the most devastating for me, was the last paragraph, when the possible new crime is presented. This was just so, so unfair to all of the people. I cannot handle it.
I must say, that overall it is a fascinating read. It’s fast paced and well-written, it was easy to get into the story and eagerly turn pages to figure out what’s going on. But the ending is not satisfying, the main characters fail us in what they do at the end. And this is all the wrong kind of unsatisfying ending. There are other books that left me angry at the ending, left we with ending that was unsatisfying and didn’t meet my need to bring justice to the people. But in those other books the story was so amazing, so complex and well developed, that at the end it all made sense. But here I’m just left angry and devastated for the characters that are hurt the most.