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Book Review: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Published January 2017
Flatiron Books

One-sentence summary:
Louise strikes up a friendship with Adele, and an affair with Adele’s husband.

Hooooooly crap. This book!

We meet Louise on a downslope in Behind her Eyes.

She’s slightly overweight, works part-time as a receptionist, and spends her free time devoted to single-parenting her young son.

But then, one night she meets David. They fall in love and get married in a wedding attended by Louise’s singing forest-animal friends. The besotted couple live happily ever after in his castle, because it turns out he’s a benevolent prince.

Wait, no? No. Of course not!

Louise’s world is full of dreams, but not fairy-tale dreams.

They’re the scary, black-hole nightmares that find her sleepwalking through her apartment and waking up in strange places.

David, her one-night flirtation, is married. His wife, Adele, befriends Louise in a chance meeting. And the plot gets thicker as their lives become more and more entwined.

I hate to admit it, but I figured out the plot and surprising ending about midway through the book (don’t worry – I won’t spoil it). I have a tendency to sometimes think “What if it this happened…” and then go completely off the rails with wild speculation.

Turns out, my wild speculation was right on this one. Rather than be disappointed, this makes me proud of the author. She isn’t afraid to go there.

You may think you know what’s going on, but you probably don’t. And Pinborough delights in making the situation more and more murky.

And wow, is it fun getting there!