My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 1.5 days
Pages - 374
Publisher - Harper Collins
Source - Friend gave to me
Blurb 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.
Ok so I am late to the party on this one, we all remember the #wtfthatending (at least I think that was what it was). The book splits between Louise, Adele and goes back to Then. Louise is a single mother, works hard at her part time job and her focus is on her wee boy. She meets a guy at a bar, snogs him and finds he is her new boss, awkward! Up next is Adele, stunning, loves her husband, lonely and he cannot stand being around her, she just wants things back to how they were. When Adele and Louise become friends it appears they may have more in common, each is hiding something from the other and things can get dark reeeeeeeeeal quick!
So it is hard to go into this without giving spoilers and I don't do spoilers but some of the info is in the blurb so I can tell. So Louise's new pal Adele with the husband she loves but he doesn't want to be with her? Yup that's Louise's boss, the guy she kissed at the bar! So quickly we have a really tangled web and each doesn't want the other to know about that one. Oh shocking! We flip back to then, we know Adele has some issues but this goes back to when she met Rob and you areb't too sure what relevance it has to now. Also Louise has problems sleeping but with Adele's history she can help Louise, she wants to help Louise and works on getting her to be happy. It is a very weird friendship but totally compelling because you want to see where it goes.
Now I get why some folk where WTF that ending, I think if you are familiar with a theme in the book, if you have read of it before or seen any movies then you will enjoy it more. Total vaguebooking here but mind no spoilers. I had a feeling about half way through oooh i wonder if so it made sense to me however Pinborough still managed to pull some punches and keep it switched up. Whilst it seems a bit marmite I really liked it, it is one of those things you will think is brilliant and really crafty or be raging as you just don't get it or the why.
I quite like books that are a bit different, shock you, you don't see the path a book is going to take or better you think you know and the author just chuckles as they pull the rug out from your "knowing" ways. 4/5 for me this time, I think this was my first dance with this author, it won't be my last.
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