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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)
"Lean and mean, dark and disturbing, this is the kind of novel that takes over your life. Sarah Pinborough slays." (Joe Hill)
"Masterful writing that crackles with tension, before detonating that ending." (Angela Clarke)
"If Behind Her Eyes isn't the thriller of the year, there is no justice. Hugely entertaining, utterly compelling and the ending will leave you reeling. (Sarah Lotz)
"Twisty and twisted. Jealousy, lies, betrayal, guilt, toxic spouses, madness. They're all in here." (Adam Nevill)

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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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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wotalotofshite

The narrator did a very good job and should have been paid well for sticking with this drivel.
utter tripe.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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Not what I was expecting

If you're buying this expecting a standard crime thriller then you may be disappointed. It's hard to give a full review without revealing some of the plot, however there is a supernatural element to the book that I didn't expect from the summary. As a rule I dislike books with a supernatural theme so I was annoyed that this was not made clear. Also, I'd figured out the so-called twist at the end before I got halfway through so it didn't come as much of a surprise. All in all an average read, it certainly didn't live up to some of the rave reviews I've read. Having said all of that it was well narrated, probably slightly better than the book deserves.

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  • Ms
  • Whitstable, United Kingdom
  • 02-02-17

Stunning!

I have over 1000 audiobooks and rarely feel moved to write a review. If suspenseful psychological thrillers with a twist are your thing, don't miss this one. It's well written, well narrated and the story line is like no other.

11 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Gripping and unexpected

I LOVED this. Twisty, turny, creepy as anything. The audio equivalent of a page turner.

I won't comment on any of the plot as coming to it unspoiled is best.

Loses one star for performance which is generally excellent but there's one character who should have had a Scottish accent from the start.

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i loved the book - except the end

i overall really enjoyed it. its well written and narrated. i loved listening to it and trying to figure out where itll lead... unfortunately where it lead was just disappointing and silly

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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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  • Suzanne Oldewage
  • 16-01-18

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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  • Vic Farrell
  • 17-05-18

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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  • Rita
  • 29-03-17

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!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful