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. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you've heard before.
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.
Sarah Pinborough's Behind Her Eyes takes the modern-day love triangle and not only turns it on its head but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave listeners reeling.
©2017 Sarah Pinborough (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
"All four narrators smoothly transition between the complex characters and the dark side of this contemporary love triangle. As Louise's sense of disorientation and dread build, listeners will be hooked on both plot and performance." (AudioFile)
I usually read complex, literary fiction, but I also love a good psychological thriller. This one was so involving that I kept wanting to listen instead of work. I found myself relishing commutes, errands, and long walks so that I had an excuse to keep listening. Highly recommended!
The twists at the end. Please people, don't give anything away!
Excellent narration, capturing the tone, cadence, and personality of the different characters.
This is a hard novel to review because it was one kind of book two-thirds of the way through (a pretty gripping thriller about characters caught in a love triangle) but then, towards the end, it became something completely different (a kind of paranorma/horrorl twist). When the plot veers off in this new direction, I was incredibly disappointed. It seemed, well, so stupid and preposterous--coming out of nowhere (and then going on and on and on in an attempt to explain it). That said, the actual thought behind the story was actually original. Where I think the book failed was that there wasn't enough to suggest, along the way, that this was where the novel was going. It takes you totally by surprise, but not necessarily in a good way ("Say, whaaat?!!"). That said, it was an original thought and I'll probably give the author another chance.
I don't want to ruin this book for anyone, but I found the ending to be truly awful. This book was incredibly suspenseful and original in its story line, but I hated they way I felt when it was over. I'm unsettled and not in a good way. I didn't find the end to be clever, but written specifically for shock value. I hated it. I wish I had never spent my time listening to this book. I'm saddened by it.
Expressive, dramatic, captivating!
I don't mind being a fan of a villain who shows such diabolically planned-out chaos, and Adele is one of these. Talk about an absorbing backstory and an even better present-day trophy wife come tragic victim come evil genius. One almost has to respect going to such lengths to hang onto the man she loves so very, very much...
Each of the narrators did a great job with their respective characters and truly brought them to life.
To Sleep perchance to Dream
I really enjoyed this book and appreciated its use of a little fantasy to make it stand apart from others in this genre. This was not overdone, in my opinion, and it's use & effects on the characters' lives was appealing in that sense. There was something to like and to dislike about each character, so the common bad guy/good guy scenario was not really at play. Each person contributes to his and her situation in his own way.
As for the ending, I was not appalled at all, as some reviewers. I for one didn't see it coming at all, and was pleasantly riveted once I got it. I felt that the end was not disconnected at all from the story, and would encourage readers to not let it keep you from experiencing this engaging and wholly entertaining story. Overall, I loved it and highly recommend!
Would not listen to another book from this author, although I thought the narrators did a good job.
The ending. Awful. Words cannot adequately describe how much I despised it. I invested a lot of time into this audiobook, although it became more and more far fetched as it went on, but I've got to say out of the thousands of books I have read and/or listened to, this one takes the cake on totally blowing the ending. I don't know if it's sick, twisted, totally beyond belief or a combination of all three, but I was indescribably disappointed. Ick. The last bit about finding a way to get rid of the child is beyond despicable.
Don't fall for the hype. Sooo sorry I did.
My jaw was sore from being dropped for the last 2 chapters of this book. Amazing. Greatly written, twisted, wonderfully narrated. Just amazing all around.
With an ending like this, there's has to be a part 2!!!
Enjoyed the guessing game through the book of twists and turns...Dreams are fascinating in themselves, let alone having the ability to control them with real outcome...
Half way through this book I thought maybe the reason I wasn't enjoying it (even remotely!) was because I wasn’t in the psycho-thriller mood. No. My mood is not taking responsibility. Let's start with the annoying characters: Louise is an idiot, Adele is a passive aggressive bitch, and David, let’s just say you have talked to cardboard boxes with more personality and depth than this guy. I can suspend disbelief like a champ but this book went way too far. Would the eventual plot twist and ending worked if it was just a plotting, revenge tale? Did it need the spoiler [supernatural twist]? Honestly, the way this love/revenge tale is solved/resolved is incredulous and wrought with holes that the book left me plain mad. Oh, and the #WTFthatending that all the rave reviews claimed would make this book the read of a lifetime, not so much. It makes me even more irate. Obviously, I am in the minority #DGAF.
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