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Behind Her Eyes

by Sarah Pinborough

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Family Drama Spine-Chilling Fiction Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Behind Her Eyes

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

Maxim Jakubowski

Behind Her Eyes Synopsis

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?

Behind Her Eyes 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.

A very credible thriller with THE most incredible finale. Remarkable story telling. Full review

Phylippa Smithson

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 off. This is one of the best books I have read for a long time. Full review

Maz Tucker

‘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. Full review

Adrienne Kinsella

An amazing novel. Brilliant and original storytelling. The Novel of the year for me!!! Full review

Michelle Hodson

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. Full review

Maureen Gourlay

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!! Full review

Angela Rhodes

Fast paced read with a killer twist. Full review

Rebecca Whymark

was well written and the final chapters left me quite unsettled. Full review

Pauline Braisher

Well I didn't see the ending of this novel coming. Great Storytelling! Full review

Barbara Goldie

Wow, fabulous read! Extremely well written and a story which will stay with you long after you've finished reading. Full review

Gemma Niven

Wow what a story and what an ending!! A brilliantly written thriller mystery story. Full review

Kathryn Whitfield

I could not function till that book was finished. Highly addictive to say the least. Full review


A well written novel and the ending will leave you slightly incredulous. You would never see this coming. 4 stars. Full review

Bev Farningham

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? Full review

Karen Cocking

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. Full review

Helen Lowry

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. Full review

Sarah Harper

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. Full review

Sarah Nina

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. Full review

Teresa O'Halloran

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! Full review

Edel Waugh

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. Full review

Melanie Kane

Behind Her Eyes Press Reviews

'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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008131999
Publication date: 01/09/2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008131968
Publication date: 26/01/2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008131999
Publication date: 1st September 2017
Author: Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Family Drama, Spine-Chilling Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: 90+ books that dare you to take a walk on the dark side., Spine-Chilling Fiction,
Categories: Thriller / suspense,

About 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 ...

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