Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

I wrapped up a slow + mini reading slump a few days before the 4th of July holiday and had a stack of books I needed to crush through for up coming bookclubs. Naturally, I reached for the first book that seemed like a summer hit + had been backed by about 5 recommendations. I spent four glorious, relaxing, indulgent, and obsessive days with this mystery/thriller read and am still in a state of WTF just happened. 

From GoodreadsLouise 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.

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.

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. 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?

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.

I read everywhere that the ending of this book was the biggest twist ever, so naturally, I spent the entire book trying to figure it out first based on my killer (no pun intended) skills of ruining every mystery book by figuring out the ending at the 50% mark. But nope- was completely shocked and grinning at the last 20 pages and it left me in silence for 10 minutes trying to figure out WHERE IT WENT WRONG WITH MY DETECTIVE SKILLS.  

This is a great summer mystery read; its quick and twisted, the plot switches about four times throughout the whole thing making you mistrust all the terrible characters with massive flaws (win!), and isn't dark enough to keep you up at night. Like all good psychological thrillers, it's a bit unrealistic (or so I hope) and this one specifically dives into some odd lucid dreaming shit that I am completely skeptical on, but it almost makes it even better. 

You might like this if you also liked: Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner, Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson, or I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. 

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