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Behind Her Eyes  by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes

Thriller / Suspense   Books of the Year 2017   Crime / Mystery   Family Drama   Maxim Jakubowski's Selection   
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One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Oh my word, this book is devious, twisted, and an absolute knockout! The story, revolving around love, passion, suspicion, and deceit, kept me teetering on a razor sharp wire of uncertainty. Sarah Pinborough’s writing is sublime, it’s shrewd, artful, cunning, and as the story sucked me in, I felt the manipulation of the words warping and writhing as they entered my consciousness. I found myself sitting in stunned silence when I reached the very end, then wanted to jump and down and recommend ‘Behind Her Eyes’ to the world. Start reading just as soon as you can so you too, can experience the deep, dark, dangerous depths of this truly bone-chilling and wonderful novel. Make sure you enter with a clear mind, and try not to get too confident as the story will quite happily trip you up and stamp all over you. Sarah Pinborough, I salute you! ~ Liz Robinson

The considerable buzz building around Pinborough's new novel (following the already mightily impressive The Death House and 13 Minutes) is led not only from her respective publishers' camp but also, more importantly, from advance readers, and is fully deserved. This could well become a massive commercial success along the lines of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train and it held me in thrall from beginning to end. The tale of a dark, puzzling and twisted affair that goes horribly wrong for, seemingly, all parties, it's unpredictable, tricky, immediate, gut-gripping and difficult to summarise without giving out any of the shattering spoilers and seduces like no other, with viewpoints changing in front of your eyes as you turn the page, putting all you've read before into question in a most clever way, sowing constant seeds of doubt the moment you begin to identify with one of the characters and sympathise with them. Imaginatively wicked, ingenious, and 'that' ending will leave you open-mouthed. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

If you like Sarah Pinborough you might also like to read books by Angela Carter, Joanne M. Harris and Gregory Maguire.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Phylippa Smithson - 'A very credible thriller with THE most incredible finale...Remarkable story telling.'
  • Angela Rhodes  - 'What can I say about a book that just blows you away?  I was stunned by the ending, and it gave me chills. This is one of those books you’ll want to shout about from the rooftops!!'
  • Helen Lowry - 'A well-written psychological thriller, with well-written characters. To be recommended, but be warned you need to concentrate to keep up with the story.'
  • Karen Cocking - 'A deliciously intriguing but unusual psychological thriller that will keep you wondering throughout just who is telling the truth and what on earth is going on.  Who will you believe?'
  • Bev Farningham - 'A well written novel and the ending will leave you slightly incredulous. You would never see this coming.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'Stunning and compelling, this book will get under your skin and leave you reeling. Get your hands on a copy of this ASAP. You won’t be disappointed.'
  • Melanie Kane - 'The intrigue, tension, suspense and the mind-blowing ending left this the best novel I have read in a long time...I cannot praise this novel highly enough and would like to congratulate the author on a well written fantastic story-line.'
  • Teresa Ohalloran - 'This is one of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year...A corkscrew of a thriller is the best way I can describe this book. You will not want to put it down.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I quickly learned that the cover of this book pretty much tells you what to expect from this story, untrustworthy narrators with plenty of mystery too! Ahhhhh I loved it!'
  • Maz Tucker - 'Wow!! I don't think I have ever read a book that has took me on so many twists and turns. The ending will knock your socks of the best books I have read for a long time.'
  • Gemma Niven - 'Wow, fabulous read! Extremely well written and a story which will stay with you long after you've finished reading.'     
  • Michelle Hodson - 'An amazing novel. Brilliant and original storytelling.  The Novel of the year for me!!!'
  • Maureen Gourlay - 'A psychological thriller - two women, one man, and a big secret. Or so you think. You are not sure who is good and who is bad. Keeps you guessing right until the end.'
  • Humaira - 'I could not function till that book was finished. Highly addictive to say the least.'
  • Rebecca Whymark - 'Fast paced read with a killer twist.'  
  • Pauline Braisher - 'was well written and the final chapters left me quite unsettled.'
  • Barbara Goldie - 'Well I didn't see the ending of this novel coming. Great Storytelling!'
  • Kathryn Whitfield - 'Wow what a story and what an ending!! A brilliantly written thriller mystery story.'
  • Adrienne Kinsella - 'Behind Her Eyes is a deep, intense and disturbing psychological thriller that will grip you from the beginning to the completely unexpected and shocking ending.'
  • Sarah Nina - Truly exciting I could not have possibly anticipated the craziness of this book. I was blown away, the twists were still coming up until the final page. You truly can't trust this book.


Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

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?


'Bloody Brilliant' Stephen King

`Piledriver domestic thriller with pull-the-rug-out ending' Ian Rankin (on Twitter)

`A dark, electrifying page-turner with a corker of an ending....Sarah Pinborough is about to become your new obsession' Harlan Coben

`Original and compelling, the very definition of a page-turner' Sun

`This year's biggest new thriller' Metro

`You'll never guess the ending ... everyone will be talking about this book' Stylist

`The most unsettling thriller of the year ... read it now before someone spoils the ending for you' John Connolly

`This could be your thriller of the year' Daily Mail

About the Author

Sarah Pinborough

Sarah Pinborough is a successful, critically acclaimed novelist and screenw riter. She has written a YA trilogy, The Now here Chronicles, under the pen name Sarah Silverwood; she has written for the BBC series NEW TRICKS; her The Dog-Faced Gods trilogy has been optioned for a television series and she has a horror film, CRACKED, currently in development. She has also turned her pen to short stories and novellas, winning the BRITISH FANTASY AW ARD for Best Short Story in 2009 and the BRITISH FANTASY AWARD for Best Novella in 2010 (for The Language of the Dying). She lives in London, and is a full time writer.

Author photo © Lou Abercrombie

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Publication date

1st September 2017


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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


384 pages


Thriller / Suspense
Books of the Year 2017
Crime / Mystery
Family Drama
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection

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