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Behind Her Eyes Audiobook

Behind Her Eyes: A Novel

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Audible Editor 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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Joan Price 02-05-17
    Joan Price 02-05-17

    Joan Price, author

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    "Oh my, the twists!"
    Where does Behind Her Eyes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Behind Her Eyes?

    The twists at the end. Please people, don't give anything away!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration, capturing the tone, cadence, and personality of the different characters.


    53 of 68 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Olson 02-20-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

    60 of 76 people found this review helpful
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    Candice 02-06-17
    Candice 02-06-17

    I don't believe in giving one-star reviews just because I am irritated that the publisher's blurb compares it to 'Gone Girl."

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    "A fantastic, engaging story, hands-down"
    If you could sum up Behind Her Eyes in three words, what would they be?

    Expressive, dramatic, captivating!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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...


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Each of the narrators did a great job with their respective characters and truly brought them to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    To Sleep perchance to Dream


    Any additional comments?

    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. <br/>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!

    56 of 73 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 02-06-17
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 02-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The ending felt stuck on"

    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.

    71 of 97 people found this review helpful
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    Mel USA 03-15-17
    Mel USA 03-15-17 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Huh?"

    Usually long-winded, I think I can sum this one up quickly: jumped the shark or bait and switch. It's like making an appointment with a psychiatrist--showing up and finding a gypsy with a crystal ball or an Ouija board.

    Maybe expecting that as you go into this, you can enjoy it a little more. The writing is decent and even the story (ies) interesting until. The narration is done well if you can forgive the spotty Scottish burr.

    32 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Christalpistol Little Rock, AR 03-12-17
    Christalpistol Little Rock, AR 03-12-17 Member Since 2016

    ChristalPistol

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    "You lost me at 'Lucid Dreams'"

    Oh man, what a load of crap! I cannot believe I wasted 12 hours of my life on this nonsense.

    I enjoyed the first of this book or believe me it would have been returned. I prefer thriller/suspense genre books and this book did the ol switcheroo into sci fi!

    This book is about a nice lady named Louise who meets a dashing young David at a bar. They kiss and sparks fly until she meets her new boss the next morning and it just happens to be her new love interest. And if that isn't bad enough he is married! And if THAT isn't bad enough she becomes friends with his wife! So all this was very interesting and intriguing until all of a sudden the story veers off into The twilight zone. I won't bore you with the details or give spoiler alerts to those of you who choose to use a credit on this novel. But the book goes into lucid dreaming and becomes absolutely preposterous! And the nice Louise character turns into the most bumbling character ever. I was so disgusted, I could barely listen to the last half. The ending is just so stupid. I just I can't even...good luck to you on this one guys! Sooo disappointed in this one!!

    37 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it ... until the end"

    Great book that kept me enthralled until the end. The ending was just ... weird.

    54 of 76 people found this review helpful
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    Shenise Ramdeen 02-02-17
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    "Absolutely mind blowing."

    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.

    26 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    cindyescallier 02-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Strange"

    This was very strange I was totally surprised at the end. I was very disappointed in this book.

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    Beach Girl 03-15-17
    Beach Girl 03-15-17
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    "HATED the ending"
    Would you try another book from Sarah Pinborough and/or the narrators?

    Would not listen to another book from this author, although I thought the narrators did a good job.


    What was most disappointing about Sarah Pinborough’s story?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All three.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't fall for the hype. Sooo sorry I did.

    20 of 29 people found this review helpful

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