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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, January 2017 - It's no secret that there has been a huge influx of suspenseful, psychological thrillers featuring unreliable narrators and multiple POVs. And though I enjoy this genre immensely, I generally know how a story will end fairly quickly. Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough's debut adult thriller, is the only book of this nature that left me guessing until the very last word. Justifiably, Behind Her Eyes is popping up on social media adorned with the hashtag #wtfthatending - and it's still a month out from publication. I was completely glued to this book as I tried to untangle the crazy web of lies and deceit between husband and wife David and Adele and David's secretary, Louise. The narrators are perfect for their respective characters and left me with a constant yet strangely enjoyable feeling of mistrust and doubt. —Laura, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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What the heck...

I listen to audible while I'm working or driving to and from work. Let me just say, you need to listen intently in the beginning, or you'll miss stuff in the end and you'll be very confused. The ending was great, until the very last plot twist, and then I was just annoyed. I don't think I would actually recommend this book to anyone.

39 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Best thriller I've read in a long time!

What did you love best about Behind Her Eyes?

This book kept me guessing! Every time I thought I had an idea that I had it figured out, some other twist presented itself and I was sucked in again (trying to figure out the answer)

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot did keep me on the edge of my seat and I found myself wanting to read/listen to the book during every spare minute I had!

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. But I liked the narrators very much.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I don't want to spoil this for anyone who hasn't read it, but YES! I had an extreme reaction during and at the end of the book.

Any additional comments?

Just read the book... don't read anything online about it ... just read it all yourself and WOW!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Loved the twist and turns

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. Well-developed characters, that drew me in to the very end.

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BEST AUDIBLE BOOK EVER .....GRIPPING and UNEXPECTED

Hands-down the very best audible book I have ever bought. The narration was incredible. I agree with other reviews that said the characters flowed seamlessly. The story is one of the best ever!!! I couldn’t believe the twist at the end I didn’t see it coming and I’m usually pretty good at this. I get bored easy and this one had me listening into the wee hours of the night. I was sad it was over! I am recommending it to everyone I know.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Mind. Blown.

Insane narrative. It starts like a regular "oops the husband cheated and the wife might find out" plot. But the more you learn about the characters, the more you get invested in the potential deceit behind the innocence. Who can you trust? How does she spy and know literally EVERYTHING? You WILL speed through this novel because you won't be able to stand another moment not knowing what will undoubtedly have to be revealed by the resolution of the book. Think you figured it out? Wait there's more. Oh wait there's more again. And more still. The end will twist your mind. And then again and then again. Like suspense? You will LOVE this book. I was so impressed.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Blindsided & Loved it

This was literally one of the most amazing fiction novels I have EVER read. It draws you in, despite not really knowing what the heck is going on, and you (at least I did) become attached to the main character, Louise. I never been blindsided by a book in the way I was blindsided by the twist at very end of this one. To me it paralleled real life in that you never really know what's going on in someone else's head, behind their eyes. I would give this 6/5 stars if I could.

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Great twist!

While this is definitely a story you have to pay attention to due to the change in perspective, it is great! The twist was one that, for once, I didn’t see coming.

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  • Cynthia
  • PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, United States
  • 05-12-17

Not what I expected!

This book was a little slow getting started for me. I couldn't figure out what was really going on for most of the book. Thought I had it figured out and then the end came and was completely shocked! I thought it was a good listen if nothing else for the ending.

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HATED the ending

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.

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Wow. Just wow!

I thought this book was predicable. I couldn't have been more wrong. It's a must listen!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful