Book Review: Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough #BlogTour #WTFthatending

Publisher:  Harper Collins UK

Publication date:  26th January 2017

Welcome to today’s stop on the Blog Tour for Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough!

I’m already familiar with the cracking storytelling of this talented author after reading the brilliance that is Mayhem and Murder, but I hadn’t quite braced myself to be so utterly gobsmacked by the #WTFthatending of her new psychological thriller. 

Heck, I read this back in November and I’m still not over it…

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behind-her-eyes-by-sarah-pinborough-coverThe publisher’s hashtag #WTFthatending is the most terrific lure. Damn, what can I say. I was curious and couldn’t resist!

My verdict? 

A tremendous example of the perfectly crafted crescendo!

Yes. Perception has left the building, trust is hot on its heels, and happiness is a brief yet complicated affair. But it’s what comes after the patiently crafted, brooding calamity that will make you mentally retreat before re-reading that ending to ensure you understood correctly the first time.

Behind Your Eyes is slow thawing mystery, its drip, drip, drip of information doesn’t volunteer much at all. As our three main characters stumble into each other’s lives and we sift through their shifting relationships with each other, it become tricky to determine who the wronged party, who is afraid, misguided, good at keeping secrets, or who is practised at getting what they want, whatever the cost.

Their story takes a triangle of obsession, stirs in a generous helping of manipulation, then relentlessly simmers until the characters are so disorientated the heat is cranked up without anyone noticing, and all we can do is watch them burn.

So, be prepared (be very prepared) for your opinions to be wrung out between the unassuming headings marked Adele, Louise, then, and now.

There’s so much more I’m bursting to say, but I have kept this review deliberately vague as I feel it is too easy to reveal more than I should! Just let me wrap this up by saying it’s well worth a look if you get the chance.

Rating:  4/5

(I received a copy of this title from the publisher, Harper Fiction / Fiction Pub Team, via NetGalley with my thanks and this is my unbiased review.)

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(Courtesy of Amazon UK)

Don’t Trust This Book

Don’t Trust These People

Don’t Trust Yourself

And whatever you do, DON’T give away that ending…

‘Sarah Pinborough is about to become your new obsession’ Harlan Coben

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 is 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?

‘Fully realised characters, peerless writing, a tank of a plot that sustains the suspense right to the end, and a whammy of a finale. It takes a lot to catch me out, but this one did. It’ll get you too…’ Joanne Harris

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(Courtesy of Amazon UK. Photograph Courtesy of Publisher.)

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Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed, award-winning, adult and YA author. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.

Her next novel, Behind Her Eyes, coming for HarperFiction in the UK and Flatiron in the US (January 2017) has sold in nearly 20 territories worldwide and is a dark thriller about relationships with a kicker of a twist.

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Murder, by Sarah Pinborough

Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books | Publication date: 4th December 2014 | Edition: Paperback (own copy)

Any arguments deduced from the nature of her wounds suggest not that she was murdered for her money…but that she was assassinated by somebody who found a revengeful satisfaction in battering her even after his first blows had killed her…

Murder by Sarah Pinborough

We meet again, Dr Bond | Murder, the sequel to Mayhem.

You know those books you have to keep reading in a frenzied, all-consuming attempt to discover what happens next?

Well, the first there was ‘Mayhem’, by Sarah Pinborough, which was such an excellent read I had no hesitation in buying it’s sequel, ‘Murder’ – and I was not disappointed!

To summarise:

Dr Bond believes that his previous connection with the Jack the Ripper case had ceased, along with his Opium dependency, but to his dismay, he finds that the depravity soon returns to haunt him, and it’s far worse than he could ever have expected.

Now, not only are there the bodies of dead infants in the Thames, murder on railway and the underbelly of Victorian life to contend with – “Jack” is back, with a habit that grows and needs to be fed.

Don’t be fooled into believing that these books merely regurgitate the same reports of old. The stories we’ve all heard surrounding the infamous serial killer now have their own unique and slightly fantastical element behind the crimes being committed. The evil deeds are perfectly descriptive to let you oversee just enough horror, and these scenes are quite unnerving, as the killer is not of this world.

As ‘Murder’ leaps right into events and characters that appeared in the first book, to have a better understanding of the continuing story it would make more sense for you to read ‘Mayhem’ first.

Rating: Absolutely a 5/5 without a doubt.  Very happy to recommend.


You can follow the author on Twitter: @SarahPinborough