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Behind Her Eyes: A Suspenseful Psychological Thriller Hardcover – January 31, 2017
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"Behind Her Eyes is a cunning puzzle-box of a novel, a masterfully engineered thriller that brings to mind Hitchcock at his most uncanny, and Rendell at her most relentless. Lean and mean, dark and disturbing, this is the kind of novel that takes over your life. Sarah Pinborough slays."
―Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman
“Behind Her Eyes is a dark, electrifying page-turner with a corker of an ending. Sarah Pinborough is about to become your new obsession.”
―Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fool Me Once
“You should read Behind Her Eyes…It’s bloody brilliant.”
―Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Pinborough shrewdly transforms a romantic suspense novel into an eerie thriller calculated to creep you out…Pinborough keeps us guessing about just who’s manipulating whom – until the ending reveals that we’ve been wholly complicit in this terrifying mind game.”
―The New York Times Book Review
“The season’s twistiest thriller…Like all powerful over-the-counter drugs, Behind Her Eyes deserves its own warning label... mindblowing, genre-bending, breakthrough psychological thriller…avoid any contact with the growing buzz concerning the novel’s ingenious, to-die-for twist.”
"A masterpiece of suspense...A rare joy...Creates a sense of disorientation and dread that is highly satisfying. But it is with the plot, so tight and yet also intricate, that Pinborough shines. No detail or character is extraneous."
―Booklist (starred review)
“The strongest, most unsettling thriller of the year, with a final twist destined to provoke arguments for years to come. Read it now before someone spoils the ending for you.”
―John Connolly, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Charlie Parker novels
“Behind Her Eyes is as twisty as a steep mountain road, and just as nerve-wracking. The shocks just keep coming around those blind curves.”
―Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
“One of them is hiding a secret, revealed near the end of the book, which will leave you (and another of the characters) gasping…your patience and indulgence will be rewarded in spades when you get to the ending(s), which will have you simultaneously swallowing your tongue and screaming. Seriously. You’ll be stuck in that nanosecond between seeing a car’s bumper slide up to you and the moment of impact for a long time to come after reading it.”
“First you’ll want to know the ending. Then you’ll HAVE to know the ending. And when you close the book with paper cuts from turning pages so fast you'll want everyone you know to read it too so you can talk about it. You know the rules to Fight Club. Well the rules to Behind Her Eyes are simple. Get a copy by any means you can. And do not tell ANYONE how it ends.”
―Simon Toyne, author of The Searcher
“A modern love triangle with so many mind-screws you start questioning if maybe this particular triangle has more than three points. It's funny, it's cold, it's modern. A master-class in juggling moods and the two sides to every story. And, wow, that ending. Pinborough's latest had me questioning everything. And the answers that eventually came frightened me more than the unknown preceding them. I loved Behind Her Eyes. It's a modern love triangle thriller and it would make one helluva movie.”
―Josh Malerman, bestselling author of Bird Box
“Twisty psychological thriller…Pinborough will keep even veteran genre readers guessing.”
“A deliciously dark love story that will keep you guessing. Shocking, gleeful, and thrilling, welcome to the world of Sarah Pinborough.”
―Sarah Langan, three-time Bran Stoker Award winning novelist
"If Behind Her Eyes isn't the thriller of the year, there is no justice. Hugely entertaining, utterly compelling and the ending will leave you reeling."
―Sarah Lotz, author of The Three
“Walking the tightrope between psychological and supernatural thriller with effortless ease and delicacy, Behind Her Eyes has everything a thriller needs: fully realized characters, peerless writing, a tank of a plot that sustains the suspense right to the end, and a whammy of a finale that hits you like a cartoon piano falling onto a rabbit’s head. It takes a lot to catch me out, but this one did. It’ll get you, too...”
―Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat
“The second twist turns the creepy factor up to 11 and is a total wrong-footer. #WTFthatending indeed – the sort that makes you go back to the beginning to check if it all pans out. And it does.”
“Builds and builds to an ending so satisfying, I wanted to light a cigarette afterwards (and I gave up smoking two years ago). When the twist did come, it was so twisty, so creepy, that I wanted to recoil even as I feverishly turned the page...In a really crowded thriller market, with new trends almost upon us, Behind Her Eyes leaves its competition trailing in the dust." ―RedOnline
About the Author
Sarah Pinborough is the award-winning, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes and 13 Minutes. She lives in London.
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Oh My Gosh. What did I just read? I haven't the faintest idea! Crazy with a side of Tabasco thrown in? Something like that.
And now for my review? I don't even know what to say. First, this book is bat-sh&t cray cray. Second, you must believe the hype people, it's real.
So what’s the story? Louise, a single mother, is out one night having a drink – there she meets a man (David), whom she is immediately drawn to. The night is mostly innocent, though there is an instant connection. You know how it is. The next day Louise goes into the medical office where she works as a secretary and discovers that David is her new boss. And he’s married. Talk about uncomfortable. Later, while out and about, Louise meets his wife, Adele, and finds that Adele is absolutely amazing. Over time the two somehow become besties, all the while Louise carries on an affair with David and Louise just can’t choose between the two. AS IF. Thereafter, things become a little strange (RIGHT?!) and Louise gets drawn deeper and deeper into David and Adele’s crazy as heck marriage.
As you might be able to tell, this is one crazy, compelling and totally compulsive read. I admit that towards the end, I snuck in time to read this whenever I could (at times when I should have been well, say - doing more productive things). Sarah Pinborough’s writing is suspenseful, gripping and full of life. Her writing can’t be confined, nor can it be perfectly presented in a pretty little package. It’s crazy, wild and totally out there. The characters are all consuming, I got so wrapped up in them - especially the character of Adele, that I felt like I couldn’t escape. And perhaps that was the point. At the end, my eyes flew open, I re-read the last few pages several times and thought I might have gone nuts, but alas, I’m only a little crazy (I think). It might have been one of the craziest, strangest endings I have ever read. But I think you all know that by now. You’ve read enough reviews. It is a WT-Frak ending. Nothing you have read will prepare you for it.
And if you think for a second that you are going to figure this out, I just have one thing to say: You’re never going to get it - so just quit while you're ahead! Then again.. my GR “sister” Norma apparently figured it out (based on her splendid review), so maybe, just maybe you will actually be able to figure it out after all. Regardless, it is one insane ride and is well worth it. Recommended for anyone looking to be entertained.
Published on Goodreads and Amazon on 8.18.17.
The story is told, mainly, from two points of view, Louise – a divorcee with a young son – and Adele – wife of Louise’s new boss, David. The tale begins after Louise meets David at a bar (not knowing he is her new employer) and they share a passionate kiss. The next morning, she finds out his status and that he is married. Curiously, soon after, David’s wife, Adele, seeks out Louise and initiates a friendship. In the meantime, David (who seems to be always drunk) pursues an affair with Louise.
The plot thickens, as they say, but I found Louise to be too dumb to too be believed and David, always inebriated, came off as less than attractive. His character was flat and undeveloped and his relationship with Louise seemed to consist of getting drunk and having sex. What Louise’s attraction was to him, other than his looks, was lost on me.
Adele, on the other hand, was the most fascinating character, albeit thoroughly unlikeable and unredeemable.
The ending does supply an unexpected twist, but, again, the choice Louise makes is just ludicrous given all that she knows at this point.
The book is intriguing, but slogs along in places, requiring some effort on the reader’s part to keep going.
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