Book Chats: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (Link Up with Us!)

I chose Behind Her Eyes  for one of my monthly picks from Book of the Month back in February, and I'm so glad I did. I really en...

I chose Behind Her Eyes for one of my monthly picks from Book of the Month back in February, and I'm so glad I did. I really enjoyed the book. The novel is about two women - one who is married to a successful therapist, and one who works for that same therapist and may have kissed him one night in a bar.

This novel has been described as a story about "a love triangle with an unexpected twist," and that it is indeed. After nursing a book hangover from the book I read previously, I became fully engulfed in Behind Her Eyes and could not put it down. I had to know what happened next. 

Throughout the book, you get perspectives from both women (Adele - the wife, and Louise - the other woman), which helps you get down into the nitty gritty of what's going on. But honestly, every time I thought I had it figured out, I would get more information and be completely wrong.

By the end of the novel, I thought I had it figured out, and I kind of did. Until another twist popped up that will seriously blow your mind. 

I talk more about the novel below with Dara from Peonies & Bees. Feel free to link-up any book related posts below!

Beware: there are spoilers past this point.

How did you like the writer's style?
Dara —The chapters were quick and easy to read, and always ended on a suspenseful note, which kept me wanting more. 
Did you decide right away if you liked or disliked the book? 
Kayla — I switch over from books fairly quickly, so it took me a couple of chapters to really get into it (book hangover, I'm sure you understand). But I know I became REALLY intrigued once the two main characters met and got coffee. From that point on, I was hooked.
D — I knew within the first few chapters that this is a book I’d end up enjoying, regardless of the plot.
Could you relate to any of the characters? If so, who?
D — Both main characters were great, I enjoyed them both (in their own unique way), and really appreciated their point of view on the situation at hand. Which made it interesting to read about the same event in real time by each character, yet we still have to solve the mystery of what Adele's angle was. It was told in a solid way. 
K — I agree. I always enjoy a book where you can get both sides of the story. I think the biggest piece of suspense for me was "HOW DOES ADELE KNOW EVERYTHING?!" It was blowing my mind.
Were there any themes that stood out to you?
D — Ah, the modern day love triangle, with a twist!
Did you find the plot predictable?
K — I was 99% sure throughout the book that Adele was the crazy one, not David. But there were definitely times that I was unsure. I assumed it was her that had killed Rob. But the very end - that was the twist I didn't expect. So it was unpredictable wrapped in semi-predictable, if that makes sense.
Over all, 1-10, what would you give it
K — I gave it a 4 on Goodreads, but I wanted to give it a 4.5, so I'd say 9. I really liked it. I think some people may have felt disappointed because it became supernatural, which isn't what I was expecting. 
D — I wasn't expecting that either. But I'm glad it was saved for the very end, and while it was obviously crucial to the plot, we weren't exposed to supernatural elements during a majority of the story.
K — I completely agree. Because even though she was having an out of body experience, I didn't feel any kind of way about that. It didn't actually seem supernatural until the very end for me. 
Would you recommend this book to someone?
D — Definitely, yes. I really enjoyed the book, I thought it was tough to put down. 

Have you read this novel? What were your thoughts?

Next month, we'll be chatting about Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce. These chats and linkups take place the last Tuesday of each month, so make sure to stop back by on April 25 to talk about Pull Me Under. For now, link up below!

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  1. I read this last month and really enjoyed it too! I loved that the twists were revealed at different times and it wasn't just one big reveal at the end-- it definitely added to it being a major page turner. I was a little bit disappointed with the supernatural element being thrown in at the end, but still thought the suspense of it all made it a great thriller.

    1. Carly, I agree with the points you've made. It made the book so hard to put down since you were finding out just a little bit at a time!

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