#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017
My fifth #bookvent choice is perhaps one of the most hyped and widely discussed books of January. Thoroughly divisive this was the marmite book of the moment. You either loved it or you hated it. Nothing more, nothing less. I loved it. Some questioned if it was right to mash up genres quite so blatantly, others asked ‘why the hell not?’ Every single person thought they knew where this book was heading, even little old me, but there is a reason why it garnered such a following and merited its own trending hashtag. #WTFthatending indeed. In case you hadn’t guessed, book five in my bookvent countdown is …
Behind Her Eyes
by Sarah Pinborough
Don’t Trust This Book
Don’t Trust These People
Don’t Trust Yourself
And whatever you do, DON’T give away that ending…
‘Sarah Pinborough is about to become your new obsession’ Harlan Coben
Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets…
Young, successful and charming – Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife…
Beautiful, elegant and sweet – Louise’s new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her.
But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks… Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears?
Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?
Oh my word. This is so hard to talk about with the uninitiated, but to those who have read the book, you know exactly where I am coming from. Part domestic noir and part not, the book starts out in a mundane enough way and to about half way through you’d be forgiven for thinking this is just the story of a love triangle. Believe me when I say it is so much more than that. Until that halfway point I was kind of indifferent. I’m really not that bothered about relationship dramas, totally not my bag. But as the story developed, as the characters started to be fleshed out, I started to get drawn in. And then those final chapters … I kind of guessed where it was going and, in some respects, I wasn’t wrong. But I wasn’t completely right either. All I can say is that I closed the book (well my kindle) with a giant smile on my face. #wtfthatending was absolutely right. I get why people may have felt cheated, but if you want a straight forward triste, a tangled romance, there are plenty of perfectly acceptable Mills & Boon titles out there. This book ticked all the boxes for me and I loved the fact that Sarah Pinborough was able to dish up something completely and unashamedly different. Good on you gal.
You can read my full review of Behind Her Eyes right here and you can purchase a copy of the book at the following links.
Happy #bookvent reading all