Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m so conflicted about this book. My rating has wavered between 2 and 4 stars so I’ve settled halfway.. but it really doesn’t give a complete picture. It’s not an easy book to review. And to do it without spoilers is a tough ask.. so here’s my attempt to tell you without telling you, if you know what I mean.Behind Her Eyes review

Firstly let’s start with the technical aspects of Behind Her Eyes. It was a quick and easy read.. (about 4 hours at my reading speed) I felt perhaps too easy for the overall theme of the book – it is categorized as a psychological thriller after all. At times it seemed a little one dimensional and lacking of depth. It’s fate I think will be continual comparison to Girl on the Train – perhaps unfairly. The jumping between character views is a style I always find distracting and add in flashbacks.. it can be confusing to keep track.

But there was still good reason to kick on…

The trending hashtag for this book is #wtfthatending and the promotional material and chatter on the web has unashamedly promoted the twist at the end is a WTF moment. So that sets an expectation up front.

I can’t help but look for the twists, try to work out what the ending will be. It’s a game I love to play… but I equally end up hating a book if I can work it out.. and the earlier I can, the more I hate… such is my passion for and relationship with literature.

Let me state here that simply being blind-sided by an ending goes a long way to colour my option of a book..regardless of what comes before or the nature of the ending.

About halfway through Behind her Eyes, I saw foresaw the twists and how they would come together. About 20 pages out from the finish my disappointment started to sink in, as indeed my theory came to fruition.. a particular theory I’d already decided would not sit well if it came about – and I feel many who love the psychological thriller genre, will feel the same way.

Next was time for the wrap up..mopping up the story as it were.

The last six pages…….

#WTFTHATENDING!!!!!!!!!!

…you think you know!

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