Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes was such a hyped book, and I really looked forward to reading it, but it wasn’t at all what I expected. This is an adult thriller, and not suitable for younger readers. 
From the blurb:

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.

Louise is a recently divorced single mother, who suffers from night terrors and works as a receptionist for a psychologist. She gets off with a handsome man in a bar one night, and then finds out he is her new boss. 

Louise tries to stay away from David, but keeps getting drawn back to him, even though she knows he is married to Adele.  

Adele is beautiful, intelligent and ruthless. She knows that David is seeing Louise and goes out of her way to insinuate herself into Louise’ s life. Adele has suffered from bad dreams and insomnia her whole life, and “helps” Louise with her night terrors by teaching her how to control her dreams. Meanwhile David shows Louise that he has a darker side to his personality, and seems to be controlling Adele’s every move. 

Louise is soon caught between David and Adele. Disaster and death seem to follow them; there is something seriously wrong with this couple, and Louise doesn’t know who to believe.

I really enjoyed this book until about 2/3 of the way through. I could cope with Lucid Dreaming, but astral projection in a thriller?

It got a bit far fetched. This isn’t promoted as a supernatural thriller, so I think that’s the “shocking ending” everyone is gushing over. The final final twist took me back a little bit, but I found the whole thing a bit unbelievable. 

I love Pinborough’s writing style, and adored 13 minutes, but I just feel a bit misled. If I’d known it had supernatural/spiritual elements I would have given it 4.5 stars, but then I suppose the point is to shock you…

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.


Stephani Xx

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