Appearances can be deceiving and there’s always more than one side to a story, clichéd as that may sound. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough follows one woman’s volatile relationship with a married couple who just moved to town.
Louise just got a new boss at work, Dr. David Martin, who she unknowingly happened to meet and kiss at a bar the night before his first day. After dodging some of the awkwardness that their first encounter brings into their professional workspace, Louise and David explore the romantic side to their relationship while David’s wife Adele, desperately in need of a friend in this new town, secretly befriends Louise. Adele carefully crafts an image of her marriage with David to play on Louise’s emotions and loyalties, working toward her ultimate endgame.
Captivating to read, I quickly devoured this novel to see how it would develop beyond a standard tale of marital discord resulting in a love triangle. The element of magical realism was an interesting inclusion to the psychological aspects presented within the story. Many aspects of the narrative were intriguing, but none of the characters really did much of anything for me other than annoy me at their sniveling, obsessing, or manipulating. While the “shocking twist” at the end was quite a moment of slapping-whatever-surface-is-near-me while saying “OMG” when I was finishing my read, I could later recall clues throughout the narrative that I picked up on that had me questioning the reality of the entire situation relatively early on.
Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.