NetGalley#04: “Behind Her Eyes” by Sarah Pinborough


This was a review copy kindly provided by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

“Don’t trust this book. Don’t trust this story. Don’t trust yourself.”

So reads the strapline for this book. However, I urge you to trust me and I implore you to beg, borrow or steal a copy of this terrific read. You may even decide to buy a copy. Yes, that’s it. BUY A COPY. Heck, why not buy two copies and give the spare one to a friend? Because, trust me, you will want to share this book with other folk.

Having briefly met Sarah Pinborough last year and after being impressed with her sparkling contribution to a ghost story forum, I promised myself to give her books a go. As such, “Behind Her Eyes” is my first foray into her warped and deviously tricksy mind. You wouldn’t believe that such a charming and (relatively) innocent looking woman could deliver one of the most jaw dropping twists to a story line that I have ever read.

I’d read many comments and recommendations for this book across social media, and I was fully aware of, and intrigued by, the tantalising hashtag “#WTFthatending”. However, despite reading numerous mysteries and pyschological thrillers previously and although I was prepared for the twist ahead, when it came, the ending left me stunned. I thought I had it sussed out as the final chapters unfolded but the punch, when it landed, was a knockout.

Louise, a secretary at a private practice and a single mum, has a brief dalliance with David, an attractive man in a bar. So begins an absorbing and well paced tale as the lives of Louise, David and his wife, Adele, become dangerously entangled.

The story is set in modern times and told from the viewpoints of both Louise and Adele. Occasional flashback to events from the characters pasts help to pull you into this fabulous tale.

Sarah Pinborough has crafted a genuinely absorbing thriller which merits the accolades and recommendations it has received. Often books do not live up to the hype and hysteria surrounding them but “Behind Her Eyes” does. In fact, it exceed them. In my view, it deserves to be crowned the Thriller of the Year. It really is that good.

Trust me.

(I read a free digital copy of this book provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)

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