Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

I hesitated reading this one because so many people said you’ll either love it or hate it. I loved it.  Fair warning, though, most of the complaints are centered on an unexpected paranormal element in this story that is not mentioned in any official description. The narrative is intriguing and you do get a hint that it’s headed in that direction not too far into the story.

The story revolves primarily around Adele, a beautiful, but troubled young woman whose marriage with David is faltering.  Louise is a single mother who has an encounter with David in a bar and later learns that he’s her new boss.  Shortly after, Louise meets Adele and a friendship forms, though Adele asks her not to tell David about them.  The attraction between Louise and David is hard to break and soon they are lovers.  Louise is drawn to both of them but as red flags begin to surface, she slowly becomes trapped in a dysfunctional triangle.

The story is told from both women’s perspectives, with Adele flipping between something that happened in her past and the present day.  A friend from Adele’s past, Rob, plays a seemingly small but integral part in this story. 

As the story progresses, you’ll begin to wonder who the real victim is.  Adele, controlled by her jealous husband?  David, fearful of his psychotic wife?  Louise, a pawn of both of them?  Stick with it and you’ll see that someone is not who you thought they were.

If you’re a fan of the hugely popular domestic suspense genre you will like this.  I promise you there are no vampires, werewolves or witches.  The paranormal element reminded me a bit of Audrey Niffenegger’s Her Fearful Symmetry from a few years back.  A much slower read but with similar elements.

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