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Behind her eyes : a novel
2017
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Characters
Louise (Female), Secretary, Divorced, Single mother, Met a man, David, at a bar whom she instantly felt attracted to only to find out not only is he married, but he is also her new boss; becomes involved in their marraige when his wife reaches out to Louise to be her friend
David (Male), Married, Adele's husband and Louise's boss; kissed Louise at a bar before she knew he wa her boss; attacted to Louise
Adele (Female), Married, David's wife; reaches out to Louise to be friends
Genre
Fiction
Thriller
Psychological
Domestic
Romance
Suspense
Mystery
Topics
Married men
Troubled marriages
Husbands and wives
Secrets
Infidelity
Love triangles
Betrayal
Love affairs
Divorced women
Setting
London, England - Europe
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Pinborough's debut novel will almost inevitably be compared to recent popular mysteries, but this intriguingly opaque work with a satisfyingly shocking ending easily stands on its own. Louise, a single mom and part-time secretary, meets and kisses a man at a London bar, only to discover the next day that he's David, her new boss and a married man. Adele, his beautiful wife, is so friendly toward Louise when they bump into each other on the street that their friendship is almost inevitable. Louise initially tries to keep her distance from both of them but finds the persistence of such attractive and posh people flattering. She is disturbed and perplexed by Adele and David's marriage, but the nature of her relationships with the spouses limits what she can do or say to gain clarity. As the novel progresses, it becomes clear that David's and Adele's history, divulged through flashbacks, is the key to understanding everything that is happening in their present. The journey toward these revelations is an engrossing one, and narrators Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and Huw Parmenter do an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. VERDICT Recommended for all general fiction collections.-Nicole Williams, Englewood, NJ © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

British author Pinborough (Murder) effectively shifts perspectives between two complex characters in this twisty psychological thriller set in North London. Louise Barnsley is chagrined to learn that the hunky man who kissed her in a bar turns out to be her new, married boss, therapist David Martin. Louise and David agree that the flirtation would be just a onetime thing, but their interactions become more complicated when David's gorgeous wife, Adele, bumps into Louise and cultivates her friendship. Sections set in different time frames provide an ominous backdrop for the triangle, with references to dirt under fingernails and things having been done "that could not be undone." Despite her deepening bond with Adele, Louise is unable to successfully repress her attraction to David, even as he shows sides of his personality that disturb her. Pinborough will keep even veteran genre readers guessing about which members of the trio, if any, are providing trustworthy accounts of their pasts and presents. Agent: Veronique Baxter, David Higham Associates (U.K.). (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p> AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER <br> "A dark, electrifying page-turner with a corker of an ending." --Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author <br> <br> "An eerie thriller…Pinborough keeps us guessing about just who's manipulating whom -- until the ending reveals that we've been wholly complicit in this terrifying mind game." -- The New York Times Book Review <br> <br> "Deserves its own warning label…Avoid any contact with the growing buzz concerning the novel's ingenious, to-die-for twist." -- BookPage </p> <p> Why is everyone talking about the ending of Sarah Pinborough's Behind Her Eyes ? </p> <p>Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone.</p> <p>When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.</p> <p>And then Louise bumps into Adele, who's new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you've read before.</p> <p>David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him?</p> <p>As Louise is drawn into David and Adele's orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can't guess how wrong--and how far a person might go to protect their marriage's secrets.</p> <p>In Behind Her Eyes , Sarah Pinborough has written a novel that takes the modern day love triangle and not only turns it on its head, but completely reinvents it in a way that will leave readers reeling.</p>
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