Behind Her Eyes

Behind Her Eyes

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2017
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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. 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.In Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough has written a novel that takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave readers reeling.
Publisher: [New York] : Macmillan Audio, [2017]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427282279
Branch Call Number: CD F PIN
Characteristics: digital, optical, rda
audio file, CD audio, rda

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susanchyn
Feb 27, 2017

The first few pages of Behind Her Eyes are misleading: smarmy, overwritten interior monologs. Romancy chick lit. But before too long, it becomes eminently apparent that we are dealing with seriously strange individuals who are beguilingly unreliable narrators.

Pinborough rotates first-person accounts, mostly between Louise and Adele, and truth is always just beyond reach. This ever-changing psycho ethos makes for suspenseful reading, to be sure, but a lot of the “inconsistencies” feel contrived.

Louise’s endless whining about single-motherhood gets old in places, where the pace slows and this thriller becomes less than thrilling. On the other hand, Adele and her husband David are interesting, complex characters. And sufficiently creepy.

By the end of the book, we sense who the bad guys really are, until--WAIT-- in the last two chapters, narrative fireworks explode.

The actors on the audio recording are all top-notch.

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