Behind Her Eyes

Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Exploring the dichotomy between one's inner and outer self is central to Behind Her Eyes. When a vulnerable woman is drawn into the lives of an enigmatic couple, she finds it hard to differentiate between reality and what truly lies beneath a seemingly perfect exterior. 

Don't trust this book, 

Don't trust these people. 

Don't trust yourself.

And whatever you do, don't give away that ending.... 

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 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? 

©2017 Sarah Pinborough (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Sarah Pinborough is a literary chameleon of astonishing power and grace." (Neil Gaiman)
 

"A novel that will burrow into your brain before blowing your mind. The kind of book you'll want to discuss with everyone you know." (Mark Edwards)  

"Just when you think you've nailed it, Pinborough pulls the rug out from underneath you." (Sam Baker)    

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What a mind bugler!

If you like trying to figure out the ending of books, but like the twist in the end. This book is for you. The "I did not expect that" is what you'll have with this one. Enjoy, I did!

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GREAT! - But lost me with the ending...

I loved the story! I was so invested in the characters... Never sure what turn the story would take. But the ending lost me - completely! Dissapointed with the last two chapters! You will never predict the end... Still enjoyed the story as a whole. Easy listening... And the voice reading for Louise was absolutely splendid! Definitely worth your time!

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Best Twist EVER!!!

Louise has met someonw new, unaware that he is married to Adele, a disturbed woman with a sordid past. The story is told from the perspwctive of wach of the characters, Louise and Adele. It also goes back into the past to find out about what made Adele the way she is. The build up in this story was slow (hence only 14 out of 15 stars given) but wow when we reached our destination, did it blow my mind! Even my husband who is not much of a reader/listener stated that the ending made this book epic. Worth the wait, do it!

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Thanks goodness I didn't give up....

I'm not one to give up on a book - ever. But, I have a dozen books I haven't listened to yet, and when this one was about 35 minutes in, I thought I might actually give it a miss. I couldn't remember why I had decided to buy the book either, so I thought I'd have a quick look at a review. I only remember seeing "don't trust this book", resisted the temptation to look further, and gave it another go. Well, thank goodness I did. I won't say a word further about the story, but it was worth sticking with!

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Next time I'll do some homework

If I had read the authors bio (Fantasy novelist), read the reviews and ignored the PR copy I wouldn't have considered this book. Begins with an unoriginal 3-way love affair storyline with a wet un-engaging male lead and putters into silly stuff. My bad.

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Stupid “magic” twist

Lots of suspense ... and it kept me wanting to know more but it’s a pity the twist is a silly supernatural deus ex machina. Very silly. A story of horrible people making stupid decisions.

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That was a waste of points....

I cannot get past Chapter 10 and am now deleting this totally boring book from my device. I cannot figure out that there is a story here and am falling asleep listening to it. Sorry!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-18

Ridiculous ending

This should have been under supernatural fiction. I was waiting for a psychological twist, but instead got an unrealistic, ridiculous plot twist. I am not a fan of supernatural or magical realism.

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  • Damian Cunniffe
  • 03-29-19

A bad book about wine and whine

God this was tedious. Cardboard one dimensional characters. Boring repetitive scenarios. Awful awful awful. Laugh out loud twist where should have been suspenseful and then there is the wine. Bringing wine, filling wine, pouring wine, suggesting wine, asking for wine, wondering about wine, feeling guilty about wine. Was glad to have finished which is not how I normally feel about a good book. very poor on all fronts

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  • frozentoes
  • 02-07-17

Terrible!

I should have listened to Jenni's review. This book is painful to listen to and is quite repetitive. A complete waste of my time, I only listened to the end a) because I was promised 'A brilliant ending' which may have made up for the main story and b) because I had wasted my credit purchasing it. Don't waste your credits or more importantly your time!

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  • C. P. McGregor
  • 02-07-17

Utter Tosh

Would you try another book written by Sarah Pinborough or narrated by the narrators?

The principal narrators by and large made a decent fist of some very poor material although it is a little misleading to list the great Anna Bentinck as one of them when all she does is introduce the chapter headings. As for the author, never again.

What could Sarah Pinborough have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The publicity materials for this book make great play of its "twist" ending. What they omit to mention is that up until that point the plot treads a very well worn path with no particular charm, wit or narrative verve. As the end neared I anticipated the ending but kept thinking "No, she wouldn't go there, would she?" and lo and behold she did. Never mind giving me my money back I'm much more annoyed by the time I wasted on this when I could have been listening to something half way decent.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrators did their best to bring the two dimensional characters to life although the application of Scottish accents was inconsistent. There were at least two other characters described as growing up in Scotland and yet who were portrayed with English accents.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None.

Any additional comments?

Note to self - remember that new books marketed with puffs from other writers (rather than from critics) are generally dire.

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  • Andrew and Andrew's Wife
  • 01-27-17

Totally engrossing literally couldn't put this down all day.

I pre ordered this and it was waiting for me on my Kindle this morning. I finished it half an hour ago.. I've had it on all day. Well presented. The narrators do a marvellous job and the novel itself is truly gripping. I wasn't sure what to expect and at first thought it was going to be a gritty thriller but the fantasy/horror elements trickled in so subtly I was completely convinced by them and gripped by the characters and the story to the final jaw dropping conclusion. Well worth the purchase price.

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  • MISS B.
  • 03-13-17

Good until it gets too far fetched.

Really enjoyed the book at first and the mystery but then it goes off down a far fetched and a little bit ridiculous route and it loses all credibility for me. Shame it didn't keep to a more real concept.

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  • Emrly
  • 04-24-19

Boring, badly written and the dumbest ending ever

Drags on and on. The characters are all unlikeable, especially Louise. Badly written. Terrible ending.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-12-18

Waste of time

Struggled to finish it. Boring and predictable story. Read in a monotone voice that merely made it even more difficult to concentrate and keep interest. On the top 10 of worst books ever.

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  • Heather
  • 07-01-18

Never again!

I look for phycological thrillers, where we can delve into weird and disturbed minds, where an author has some insight into how people have become warped and exhibit strange and non typical behaviours. So I looked forward to this reading, even though some of the voices were unbelievably dreadful, and I stuck it out. But, so disappointing to realise the plot doesn't rely on working through what has caused these disturbed minds, but on one character being able to do 'magic' and shape changing. What a cop out. So disappointing! Don't waste your time reading this book if you are interested in human phycology or want an understanding of criminal minds. But if you're into the supernatural, it's O.K. for you. Some of the characters are interestingly drawn and quite real in their human frailties and desire driven extremes, even though some of the voices are so unconvincing and border on chic lit. But my preferences are for real life, and a clever plot.

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  • Clare Thomas
  • 03-12-17

Disappointing and far fetched

Really uncomfortable ending. Tiresome to get to the end and unbelievable throughout the whole story. Don't waste a credit. Google the story and save urself 10 hours and a credit

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-17

Silly

Even the twist not enough to redeem this silly plot. Ridiculous characters. Morosely entertaining and engaging though at times.

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  • anthony
  • 04-09-17

outstanding

what a great book!! had me intrigued all the way through but the last 10minutes was just outstanding!!

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  • Yeshmin
  • 05-07-17

I want the last 13 hours of my life back.

Well written and great narrator, but this will be the last fictional love story I read for a long time. Wasn't entirely pleased with how it ended. Felt unlrealistic and didn't do the book justice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-06-17

What a load of rubbish.

Can't believe I read it to the end. Worst book I've listened to for ages

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  • Lona
  • 03-21-17

Gripping story.

Absolutely loved this book. Narrated well. Loved the twists and storyline was quite original. highly recommend!

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  • Jessie
  • 03-13-17

What an ending

The story revolves around three main characters David, Adele and Louise and most of the book is switching between the perspectives of Adele and Louise as their friendship develops.

This book is a thriller and I was desperate to know what was going to happen from the moment I started listening. I could never have imagined the ending and I was pretty blown away when it all came out.

I would highly recommend this book and only sad I got through it so fast.

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  • MJB
  • 02-23-17

Twist Extreme!

Would you listen to Behind Her Eyes again? Why?

Two fantastic twists that makes you want to listen to the book again straight away!

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  • Karen
  • 07-03-17

Too unbelievable

Was enjoying the book up until the end but was disappointed with the final concept.

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  • Lara Jayne
  • 11-05-17

Tedious.....

Found this great to start, I couldn’t put it down, then I became sick of listening to the repetitive drivel of Louise and Adele it became almost painful to my ears so I returned this over half way through as I couldn’t bare anymore! Why does the author have to make pages and pages of the same thoughts and feelings over and over?? I became to hate the characters as a lot of people also commented. I didn’t get to the ending as I just couldn’t care less what happened.
It will do your head in this book. Not for me at all.

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  • Debbie
  • 10-31-17

What a thriller

Wow is all I can say. This book is fantastic and had me hooked from the start to end. Couldn’t believe how it ended. Shocked me to the core. I definitely recommend it

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