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Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough #WTFthatending

Psychological Thriller 5*s
Psychological Thriller
5*s

Louise is a single mother not looking for fun when she meets an attractive stranger in a bar on a rare night out. It all looks promising and she is left with the memory of a kiss from the handsome stranger. Sadly for Louise, she also finds out that he’s married, and will be starting work as the new psychologist starting at the private practice she works for. As a modern woman she grabs whatever she can from the encounter and uses it to entertain her friend over a bottle or two of wine and a big belly laugh at her expense.

The reality of course was different to the tale she spun her friend. Louise had been devastated to see David walk into the office where she works as a PA, not least because his stunning wife Adele was on his arm, she did the only thing she could think of, she hid in the toilets until his welcome tour was over.

David and Adele have just moved to the area and Louise’s luck just isn’t playing ball. Would you believe it? Just a few days later she literally bumps into Adele on the street near her son’s school and before she knows it she is having coffee with this slightly timid but lovely woman. What Adele tells, or in part leaves unsaid, her makes her view her new boss in a different light.

Now this is the most highly hyped psychological thriller of the year – it comes complete with the killer hashtag #WTFthatending so I was expecting something brilliant, and yes, I got it. I was determined not to be drawn in by the hashtag, but despite that, this really wasn’t what I was expecting at all, and if I’m honest, if I’d had an inkling beforehand, I might very well have dismissed this book. But, and here’s the thing, sometimes brilliant writing can and does overcome what I think I do or don’t like in books and while I was in the grip of the action, Sarah Pinborough’s writing had me completely convinced. She did a marvellous job of creating all three main protagonists, not a hint of a cardboard cutout filled in with clichés but people who appear to be a mixture of good, and the not so good, and that went a hell of a long way into making me care, in part about all three although in the best traditions of the genre, my sympathies altered depending on the latest piece of information – and believe me, there are lots of pieces to put together before you get to that ending! Despite the hashtag there is a lot of enjoyment to be had throughout the story, this isn’t a book that stands on its ending alone, in many ways trying to grapple with where the truth may possibly lie during the main part of the book was equally, if not more satisfying.

I can see this being a massive hit, perfect for diving into on winter’s nights and equally likely to be seen around the pool while on holiday. Yes, you may well finish the book like I did and on reflection wonder how the book had you quite so hooked, but the truth is, it did and I was! I can assure you that I won’t forget David, Louise or Adele in a hurry and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.

First Published UK: 26 January 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
No of Pages:  384
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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Posted in Weekly Posts

This Week in Books (January 18)

This Week In Books

Hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words

My current read is one for my Mount TBR challenge The Cipher Garden by Martin Edwards the second in the Lake District Mystery series. I purchased this one in  December 2015 and having really enjoyed the first in this series, The Coffin Trail, last month I think I’m in for a treat.

The Cipher Garden

Blurb

I thought you were dead…’
In the peaceful village of Old Sawrey, in the idyllic Lake District, Warren Howe is brutally slaughtered with his own scythe by a mysterious hooded figure. The police have several suspects, but there is insufficient evidence to make an arrest.
Years later an anonymous tip-off sparks the interest of DCI Hannah Scarlett, who heads the local Cold Case Review Team. With the help of historian Daniel Kind, Hannah digs deeper in the quest for truth and discovers that, in Old Sawrey, old sins cast long shadows. Following the killer’s trail, Hannah arrives at a shocking conclusion, one that will change lives forever. Amazon

I have just finished the excellent, gripping, page-turning extravaganza which was Her Husband’s Lover by Julia Crouch – my proper review will follow shortly!

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Please see yesterday’s post for an excerpt and the synopsis.

Next up is a book which has caused great interest amongst the early readers on twitter; Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough and comes complete with the hashtag #WTFthatending

behind-her-eyes

Blurb

Only two can keep a secret if one of them is dead.

David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He’s a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden?

As Louise, David’s new secretary, is drawn into their 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. NetGalley

So that’s what I’m reading this week – what have you chosen? Do let me know in the comments box below.

Posted in Weekly Posts

Weekly Wrap Up (November 13)

Weekly Wrap Up

An exciting week here in Jersey – I got a new bookshelf, one that I had been campaigning for over a period of months – there were books piled up all over the place, but I hadn’t got (quite) as far as under the duvet as one friend suggested, although it was a close call!

So I introduce the new 5 shelf bookcase

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This of course meant that the other three needed rearranging and so as not to feel left out here are two of them. So now I have many more of my TBR books on display so I can’t forget about them and there are a few spaces… not many, but a few!

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I have also completed my Goodreads Challenge for 2016 having read and reviewed 130 books!
 

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This Week on the Blog

Well disaster was nearly averted as I managed to get my dates wrong not only on the weekly posts but also schedule them for the wrong days – so for any of you who were confused, I’m sorry – it won’t happen again!

Following my TBR Book Tag of last week, Ian Hobbs of the Devon Book Club @BookDevon wrote his answers to the tag, but not having a blog asked me to post them on his behalf – his TBR isn’t quite as out of control as mine but I generously agreed, although I did give him the wrong name until he pointed it out – sorry Ian, I should have checked everything else at this point!

My review of The Museum of You by Carys Bray went up, I gave this five stars, a beautiful and yet not a saccharine read about a girl who creates a museum inspired display about her mother who she has never known.

My weekly post on Tuesday (which had the wrong date) was an excerpt from Another Day Gone by Eliza Graham, a book that starts with a bomb (literally) in Coventry in 1939 and combines this with a story following the terrorist attacks in London in 2005. My review will follow soon!

On Wednesday my This Week in Books post which went out on Tuesday only to be taken down and reposted on Wednesday featured amongst others my upcoming read of In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings.

My review of Manipulated Lives by H.A. Leuschel, a collection of five novellas all with a manipulator at their heart was published on Thursday. This selection featured a wide range of characters and situations for the manipulator to operate in.

On Friday I published my review of While You Were Sleeping, the latest psychological thriller from Kathryn Croft which starts with a woman in bed with a dead man, who is not her husband – she has no idea what happened!

Yesterday my fourth review of the week was for Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things, a book that is already sparking fierce debate before it is published. I really loved the comments I got for this review – if the book hadn’t given me enough to think about already, these did.

A Side Note

Now in addition to the scheduling issues over the last couple of weeks I’ve also started recalibrating my rating system. I’ve always gone with gut feel on finishing a book and chosen the number of stars that way, hoping that the words would guide the reader. However on reflection a wide range of books in terms of enjoyment, ended up in my four star pile, it was time for a change. I’ve always stated that my blog is for other readers and I felt I was perhaps tending towards the every book is excellent in terms of rating even if not in the content of the of reviews.

So from here on in I will be tougher – not meaner, but perhaps a little more discerning. As always I welcome your thoughts!

This Time Last Year

I was reading The Silent Dead by Claire McGowan one of the strong writers that has her crimes set in Ireland, this book concentrates on Missing People on both sides of the border, a book that I felt skilfully portrayed the reality of a community torn apart by violence in this book that poses a big moral question. See my review here

The Silent Dead

Blurb

Victim: Male. Mid-thirties. 5’7″.

Cause of death: Hanging. Initial impression – murder.

ID: Mickey Doyle. Suspected terrorist and member of the Mayday Five.

The officers at the crime scene know exactly who the victim is.

Doyle was one of five suspected bombers who caused the deaths of sixteen people.

The remaining four are also missing and when a second body is found, decapitated, it’s clear they are being killed by the same methods their victims suffered.

Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire is assigned the case but she is up against the clock – both personally and professionally.

With moral boundaries blurred between victim and perpetrator, will be Paula be able to find those responsible? After all, even killers deserve justice, don’t they? Goodreads


Stacking the Shelves

A truly tiny stack this week of just one book! Yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you I am (a little bit) determined to drive the TBR in the downward direction…

You know me, I simply can’t resist the hyped psychological thrillers, I loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Widow and so when I heard about the new name for 2017, of course I had to read it – so I have a copy of Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough which will be published on 26 January 2017.

behind-her-eyes

Blurb

Love at first sight can be blinding…

It’s said that the only people who really know what goes on in a marriage are the couple themselves. But what if even they don’t know the truth?

David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He’s a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden?

Louise, David’s new secretary, is intrigued and drawn into their orbit. But as Louise gets closer to each of them, instead of finding answers she uncovers more puzzling questions. 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 a marriage’s secrets. Goodreads

In a bid to reduce the TBR I was invited by Guy Savage of His Futile Preoccupations who had read of its woeful state although it is fair to say that some of the books only are on the TBR because of his fabulous reviews!

Guy has invited you to join the Goodreads group “Mount TBR 2017″.
Guy says, ” Just in case you’re interested”
To accept the invitation, please follow the link

So I’ve signed up to the Mount Vancouver which means I have to read 36 books that are on my bookshelf on 1 January 2017 by 31 December 2017. So of course instead of reading I have been transferring books from the trusty spreadsheet to Goodreads so that I don’t fall foul of the rules!

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TBR WATCH

Since my last post I have read 3 books, DNF 1, and managed to gain just 1 and so my TBR is standing at 178 books!

94 physical books
67 e-books
17 books on NetGalley

What have you found to read this week?