"Three can keep a secret if two are dead."
- Benjamin Franklin
I’m torn between starting this review with “A clever and captivating Hitchcockian thriller with a brilliant twist” and “OMG THIS BOOK! THAT ENDING! MY BRAIN!” The first is perhaps more coherent, but it’s the second that is a more accurate portrayal of my feelings.
I tend to avoid summaries these days because they can be way too revealing – but after finishing the book, I took a peek; and I love that the synopsis of this book doesn’t spoil in the least. It doesn’t give a single thing away… so neither will I.
That makes it a hard book to review. So what I will share is my reading experience. When this book arrived in the mail, it had a lot of #WTFthatending hashtags and blurbs about the ending. Now, I had already started another book, and I try to be a one-book-at-a-time gal… but my eyes… my wandering eyes. They kept looking at the Behind Her Eyes cover. There was just something so intriguing about it. What happens at the end? I tried to put it out of my mind. But what could that ending be? I was enjoying my current book, and it wasn’t time to start this new arrival. Could the ending be that shocking? I have a schedule and it must be adhered to. Do I need to put the book in the freezer? I can do this. I’m a strong, independent… Is it scary? Astonishing? Open-ended? Was it all a dream? I moved the book to the other side of the room. But like a magnet… Behind Her Eyes kept pulling my attention towards it. WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THIS BOOK? For the love of all that is holy, I HAD TO KNOW. Am I always so easily swayed? No. Can a simple tagline/hashtag tease me into submission? Of course not. Am I the kind of person who has been known to unwrap a Christmas present when no one is looking and wrap it back so no one knows? Yep. So, schedule schmedule. I picked it up. And I did not put it back down. I couldn’t. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that author Sarah Pinborough took me on. I didn’t trust any of the characters, couldn’t decide who was craziest, and needed to know where this story was going. I genuinely enjoyed every bit of this book. And that ending? Loved it. Did I guess it? Maybe a little. But it was more of a hope because I didn’t know if the author would really go there. But boy, did she ever, and in a better way than my not-nearly-as-vivid imagination had played it out. I would love for everyone to read this book, but I’m not sure every reader will get it. You have to have an open mind and be receptive to a very imaginative and creative concept. That is absolutely all I’m going to say. If you love suspense and unreliable characters, if you have a penchant for psychological phenomenon, if you have a fervency to uncover secrets and connect the dots – then this is your cup of tea. It certainly was mine.
Huge thank-you to Flatiron books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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