#BookReview Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough #WTFthatending

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behind her eyes book review



Louise

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…

David

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…

Adele


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?


Review:

Why authors!? Why do you do this!! This book was so hard to review without spoiling. I really want to talk about what ruined this book for me but I don't want to spoil it.

I loved Behind Her Eyes right up until the last chapter. It brilliantly written. The characters really suck you into their world and hold you there! You'll have a perceived notion of a character and then BAM, that's all turned on it's head in a single sentence in the final part of a chapter. That takes real talent and it makes great reading. I love it when a book messes with your head in that way. 

I always say that I love to hate a character and David was one of those characters. He's painted as a controlling bully and I loved guessing what he might do next in his bid to keep tabs on Adele. 

Then there kind of came a point in the book where it all got very 'familiar'. I think I've just read too many plots with unreliable narrators and after a while they all start to meld together. I started to figure out what was going on. I won't say I guessed the ending exactly but I had a fairly good idea of what was happening (there were major hints at more than one point) so there was no WTF moment for me...well there was, but not in a good way. 

And that is what will divide people. I found the ending to be a little silly. I won't say it ruined the book as such but I was certainly annoyed. Again, it's really hard to talk about it without spoiling but I just didn't appreciate the sudden change in genre. I love when a book evokes emotion but I don't like feeling frustrated at the end of a book. Especially when I enjoyed reading every other part of it.

So would I still recommend Behind Her Eyes? Yes, absolutely. It's a highly addictive read that will draw you in from the first page. You won't want to put it down. Just be prepared for the ending and remember that a WTF feeling isn't always a positive one! I think this will a be Marmite book. You'll either love the ending or loathe it, but take the chance see what you think. 

Have you read Behind Her Eyes? Did you like the ending? Let me know in the comments.


Rating:

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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5 comments:

  1. I loved the ending. I didn't see that coming at all. Rare that I'm shocked and I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't ruin the book for me (you'll know what I mean 😬)

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    1. I didn't guess it exactly right but I was on the right path...if you know what I mean. I still really enjoyed the writing. Shes incredibly talented.

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  2. I've read it and have to say wasn't overly impressed with the book. Definitely a marmite book.

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  3. Yep it's really dividing people!

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  4. Ahh this sounds like such a mixed review. It seems like there were elements you loved, but then elements which took a turn that you didn't and couldn't really like... I'm so torn about this book. And you did a good job of not giving anything away as well. :D

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